The Photosphere camera from Android 4.2 is one of the most sought about things among non-Nexus Android users. And why not, the feature so unique in its own right as it lets users capture a 360° panoramic pictures that look amazing. Before the launch of Galaxy S4, there were strong rumours that Samsung would release its own version of Google’s photosphere branding it as Samsung Orb. Well, the Galaxy S4 came and offered a lot of new camera features but Orb was not there.
It was not until the arrival of the Galaxy Note 3 that the Korean manufacturer introduced something similar to the Photosphere. Among the various camera modes of the Note 3, there is one called the Surround Shot feature that allows capturing 360° panoramic pictures by stitching together multiple photos into a single spherical image. With the Android 4.3 update rolling out to the Galaxy S4, we all expected to see the new camera feature on this device, but it did not come to S4.
Are you a Galaxy S4 users? If yes, how would you feel if you are privileged to enjoy the Note 3’s exclusive Surround Shot camera feature on your phone? Yes, it is only the world of Android where such things can happen! If you have a rooted Galaxy S4 with a custom recovery installed on it, XDA member LastStandingDroid has good surprise for you! He has backported the Note 3 camera with all its modes that also includes Surround Shot.
The Note 3 camera app for the Galaxy S4 is available as a flashable zip and can be installed using a custom recovery like ClockworkMod or TWRP. The app has been tested working fine on Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 and GT-I9505. Because it works on the LTE variant of the device with Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, it should also work on the US (Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, etc.) and Canadian versions of the device.
- A rooted Galaxy S4
- CWM or TWRP Recovery
- Your device must have either Android 4.3 based TouchWiz ROM (not tested on Android 4.2.2)
- A root file browser app
How to Install:
- Download the Note 3 camera app in zip from above and copy it to your S4.
- Boot your device into recovery mode by pressing Volume Up+Home+Power buttons together for 4-5 seconds. Release the keys when you see the CWM or TWRP screen. Alternatively, you can use one of these apps to enter the recovery mode.
- The first thing that you must do after arriving the recovery mode is to backup your current ROM using “backup and restore” or “Backup” option. If you change your mind, you can later restore the backed up ROM.
- Now go to “install zip from sdcard” or “Install” option and select the zip file.
- Confirm the installation when prompted.
- Finally, reboot your Galaxy S4.
When you phone boots up, check out the new camera app> Enjoy!
Having installed the Note 3 camera on your Galaxy S4, if you find that the Surround Shot feature is not working properly, download the following file, and copy it to system/ framework folder using a root file manager app. When the file is copied fix the permission to rw-r–r (644). You can find a detailed guide on fixing file permission on Android here.