Our phones are no longer just a simple gadget to make and receive calls. With the advancements in mobile technology, smartphones have already replaced other gadgets and have begun to give us a unified experience. The most popular things that we now prefer to do with our phones are no longer associated just with calling. Our super phones are capable of giving outstanding performance as a gaming, web browsing, shopping and even a professional camera device.
One of the most talked about features of the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean was the introduction of the Photo Sphere camera feature that was first seen on the Google/LG Nexus 4. With the launch of the Galaxy S4 at hand on March 14, we have heard rumors that the Korean OEM will be launching its own version of the Google’s Photo Sphere feature which will be called Camera Orb. The Photo Sphere feature is an advanced form of 360º photos as it beautifully synthesizes several photo frames in to one whole to give you a spherical shot. The feature achieves this by piecing together the picture in a virtual space. It then combines all the pieces together, adding depth to the space.
As you all know having a rooted Android phone has its own advantages as it lets you enjoy various apps, mods and custom ROMs. If you have a Samsung Galaxy phone with Android Jelly Bean ROM and you have rooted and installed the ClockworkMod Recovery on it, you do not need to wait for the Camera Orb feature that might or not come to your phone with upcoming updates. You can get the Android 4.2 Photo Sphere camera by installing a custom ROM that has it but such a ROM might also take away many other stock features from your Galaxy phone.
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We have a CWM flashable zip file for you that includes the Android 4.2 Photosphere camera and Gallery apps. Having flashed the zip package, you will be able to enjoy both these apps together with the stock Samsung camera and gallery apps.
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How to Install on Non-AOSP ROMs:
Make sure you Galaxy phone is on Android Jelly Bean firmware with root privileges and a custom recovery installed on it.
- Download the zip file and copy it to your phone by connecting it to computer using USB cable: camera42_patched_v2.zip
- Turn on USB Debugging mode on your phone from Settings> Developer Options.
- Turn off your phone and boot it into Recovery mode. If you do not know how to do it, refer to this comprehensive guide.
- Inside the recovery mode, use the volume keys to scroll and the power key to select an option.
- Now scroll down to “advanced” option and “wipe dalvik cache”. Choose “yes’ when asked.
- Go back to main menu and select “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sdcard”, navigate to the “camera42_patched_v2.zip” file and select it. Confirm the installation when asked.
- The zip will be installed in a few seconds and when it is done, go back to main menu in recovery and select “reboot system now” option.
When you phone reboots, you will be able to see the newly installed Camera and Gallery app on the app drawer of your phone.
Installing Photo Sphere Camera on AOSP/CM-based ROMs:
Photo Sphere camera is a native feature of Android 4.2 but quite mysteriously, it is not available in various AOSP, AOKP, and CyanogenMod based custom ROMs like the ParanoidAndroid 3, Carbon ROM, etc. If you do not find this feature in your camera app on your device with Android 4.2, here is how you can get it. I have tested this method on Galaxy S3 with the above-mentioned custom ROMs.
- Download and install a root file browser from the Google Play Store.
- Download the following zip file and copy it to your phone: camera42_patched_v2.zip
- Open the root explorer and go to system/app or data/app directory, depending on where the system apps on your device are present.
- Now look for the “Gallery2.apk” file.
- Tap and hold it and select “Delete”. If you are not able to delete it in first attempt, try again. In my case, the phone told that the app cannot be deleted, but when I checked the app drawer the Gallery and Camera apps were removed.
- Anyways, turn off your phone and boot it into CWM or TWRP recovery mode.
- First of all, backup your current ROM.
- Go to “advanced” option and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Then go back and select “install zip from sdcard> choose zip from sdcard” and select the zip file you copied in Step#2.
- When the zip is flashed, go back and “wipe dalvik cache” again.
- Finally, reboot the device.
How to Use the Photo Sphere Feature:
In Photo Sphere mode, you can capture the world around you: create fully immersive 360-degree shots, wide-angle scenic shots, and even what’s above and below you. To use the Photo Sphere feature on your Nexus 4, follow the following steps:
- Open the Camera app and touch the current mode icon, and then tap the Photo Sphere icon. This will pop-up an alignment box with a round-shaped target appears, with the message “Align to start.”
- Adjust the camera position so that the floating dot is precisely at the center of the target. It takes a few seconds for the camera to calibrate the scene as you hold the camera steady. When you succeed, a blue Shutter button with a white square appears below the image. Do not touch the button yet.
- Move the camera to a direction- left or right, up or down. Make sure that the alignment box and floating dot is always at the center. When it is done, a second image automatically appears next to the first.
- Keep the camera moving until the entire scene is captured. Now tap the Shutter button to capture the Photo Sphere.
- To view the images or videos captured/recorded with the camera, just swipe you finger from left to right when camera app is running.
- To launch camera settings quickly, swipe your finger from top to bottom of the screen when camera is working.
It takes a minute or two for the photo to render. You can preview it as it renders. To view your most recent Photo Sphere, swipe left on the main camera screen, and touch the Photo Sphere icon to pan automatically through the shot. You can also drag to move through the captured scene.
Do not forget to share with us any nice images you captured using the Photo Sphere camera feature. Cheers!
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