You can now download the latest Google Camera 7.2.014, 7.2.011, 7.2.010, and 7.0.009 ports with Astrophotography mode from the Pixel 4 (XL). These Google Camera (GCam) ports are available as APK files and are compatible with devices running Android 10 (Q) and Android 9 Pie.
This year, Google has continued to innovate in the camera department with Google Pixel 4 (XL). The latest Pixel device brings one of the most promising camera features yet, which is “Astrophotography mode” (Also commonly known as “Astro Mode”). This new feature is built into the ‘Night Sight’ mode of the Google Camera app and allows you to take clear pictures of the night sky, the moon and the stars, and even the Milky Way (when you find a clear night).
According to Google, the new Astrophotography Mode feature will also be available for Pixel 3/3a but will leave out the older phones like Pixel 2 and original Pixel. It has also been confirmed (Via 9to5Google) that other new Pixel 4 camera features including Live HDR+ and Exposure Controls will not make their way to any old Pixel device. That is because of the low-level hardware capabilities that are only available on Pixel 4.
But the independent Google Camera developer community never disappoints. Several developers have already released working Google Camera 7.2 and 7.0 ports with Astrophotography feature for devices running Android 10 & Android 9 Pie.
All Google Camera 7.2/7.0 Ports with Astrophotography Mode
GCam 7.0 ports have been available ever since the first Pixel 4 camera app was leaked. Following the public release of the Pixel 4, the official versions 7.2 of the Google Camera app was quickly rolled out, and it didn’t take long for developers to port it to other Android devices as well.
Check Compatibility First!
Now before you download Google Camera 7.x port, make sure that it is compatible with the Android version installed on your device. Just take a look at the information below.
- Google Camera 7.2.011/7.2.010 Ports are only compatible with devices running Android 10 (Officially or unofficially).
- Google Camera 7.0.009 Ports are compatible with devices running Android 10 and Android 9 Pie. Currently, these are the most recent and stable ports available with the Astrophotography mode.
Ensure that you download the GCam Port according to the Android version installed on your device. Further, also make sure that you follow the mentioned guidelines for the specific port you download.
If one of the provided ports works on your device, then do tip us about the same. This will help us compile a list of devices that are confirmed to be working with the ports provided below.
1. Google Camera 7.2.014 Port by cstark27
The first Google Camera 7.2.014 port with Pixel 4 Astrophotography mode was released by developer cstark27, as “Camera PX“. The port primarily brings Pixel 4’s Astro feature to older unsupported Google Pixel devices like the Pixel 3 (XL), Pixel 3a (XL), Pixel 2 (XL) and Pixel (XL). It also adds several other new features, like new Focus options in Night Sight mode and Super Res Zoom to the said devices.
His port offers a dedicated “PX Mod Settings” section that provides more granular controls over certain camera features. For example, you can override the Maximum Zoom Level, toggle Synthetic Fill Flash, disable Face Warping, set the “Super Res Zoom” feature to always-on, and even change the “Max Exposure Time” for Astrophotography mode.
Camera PX v4.1 adds some major features to the app. For instance, the new ‘Tone Curve’ in Lib Patcher settings allows you to adjust contrast, shadows, and highlights. You can also long-press the camera-switch button to access the app’s settings, making it easily accessible. The latest version also fixes the face wrapping bug in the rear camera.
Another notable feature of this port is that it allows you to take Light Painting shots to capture moving lights, like car trails. Users can force-enable toggles for both Light Painting Mode and Astro Mode from within the app’s settings menu. Do note that in order to get optimal results for both, the phone should be held with utmost stability, either on a tripod or a similar mounting unit.
For instructions on how to use Astrophotography Mode in Camera PX, go through this post.
Although the port is originally compatible with current and older Pixel devices like Pixel 3/3a, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2016, the changes it includes are universal and should work on other devices as well.
2. Google Camera 7.0.009 Port by Arnova8G2
A Google Camera 7.0.009 port by developer Arnova8G2 was recently posted on the OnePlus 7/7T (Pro) Gcam Telegram group. According to the original poster, the port is still in a testing phase and supports Astro Mode, which can also be force-enabled via the Google Camera’s Developer Settings menu.
3. Google Camera 7.2.014 and 7.0.009 Ports by Parrot043
There are two different ports provided by Parrot043 – (1) Google Camera 7.2.014/7.2.011 Port for devices running Android 10 and (2) Google Camera 7.0.009 Port for those running Android Pie. His ports are widely adapted and compatible with several OEM Android devices including Asus ROG Phone II, Asus Zenfone 6/6z, Essential PH-1, HTC U11, Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 8, OnePlus 7/7T (Pro), Galaxy Note 10/10+, Mi A1/A2/A3, Redmi K20 series and more.
His latest Google Camera 7.0.009 port aims specifically at bringing Astrophotography mode to non-Pixel Android devices. Also, two new developers flags, namely “camera.cuttlefish.astrophotography_force” and “camera.cuttlefish.astrophotography_interface” have been added. You will need to force-enable Astrophotography mode in GCam 7.0.009 port by Parrot043. If even enabling the mentioned flags do not work, it means that your phone’s software/hardware does not coincide with the requirements. The developer recommends using this port on devices with Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 processor or above.
As we mentioned earlier, the Google Camera 7.2.014/7.2.011 port by Parrot043 is specifically for devices running Android 10 (officially, or unofficially via custom ROMs) and supports Astrophotography Mode by default. So, you wouldn’t need to enable any specific flags in the app’s settings. This version of the Port does not support config XML files.
4. Google Camera 7.0.009 Port by oJoseHenrick
GCam port by oJoseHenrick is based on the 7.0.009 port by Parrot043 and specifically aimed for supporting Redmi K20 (Xiaomi Mi 9T) and Redmi K20 Pro (Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro).
His port also supports “Astrophotography Mode” from the Pixel 4. It also adds various settings from Google Camera 6.2 (like Anti-banding, Face Retouching, Pixel Suppression, Sabre, etc) and Google Camera 7.1 (like Framing Hints). Since his port is specifically meant for the Redmi K20 series, it doesn’t support and also doesn’t need any XML config files.
5. Google Camera 7.2.011 Port by onFire
This port is based on Tolyan009’s version and is exclusively meant for the Redmi Note 5 Pro. But it should also work on devices with similar hardware like the Redmi Note 7.
6. Google Camera 7.2.016 & 7.2.011 Port by the_dise
the_dise’s GCam 7.2 port is more generic and works across various OEM devices running Android 10. The latest version of his GCam Port force-enables Astrophotography Mode on devices with Snapdragon 660 SoC or above.
According to the latest release notes provided by the developer, features like Slow-Mo and Timelapse with stabilization do not work. A future release may fix these bugs though. With v3.2 of the port, the developer has also added 60 FPS option to Video mode and Infinity focus option to Night Sight mode.
If none of the ports above work for you, then we suggest using this port.
7. Google Camera 7.2.011 Port by Tolyan009
This port of Google Camera 7.2.011 is actually meant for the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, but should also work on devices with similar or more advanced hardware.
According to the developer, since this is the first version, he wanted it to be stable enough for taking normal pictures. So, he added the basic functions, fixed some bugs, and also corrected the ‘custom lib TN’ lib for better functionality.
8. Google Camera 7.2.011 and 7.0.009 Ports by Urnyx05
Urnyx05’s Google Camera 7.2.010 port is based on cstark27’s version. According to the release notes provided on the official XDA thread, the developer has added some new options, like AWB, force-enable/disable Astorphotography Mode, and “Max Exposure Time” for Astrophotography mode. His latest version also increases the maximum digital zoom to “30x” and fixes resolutions.
His ports are also a generic one and should work on different OEM devices running Android 9 Pie and Android 10.
9. Google Camera 7.0.009 Port by xenius9
xenius9‘s port of Google Camera 7.0.009 is meant for the Snapdragon variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy S9/S9+. It is based on BSG’s mod and should also work on other Galaxy devices like the Note 8 and Note 9.
We couldn’t end this post without thanking the developers. Their tremendous could now allow users to test and enjoy the Astrophotography feature from Pixel 4 on their devices using Google Camera 7.x ports. Also, don’t forget to share your device name and model number if one of the ports listed above works on it.
So, this was the collection of all the Google Camera 7.x ports with the Pixel 4 Astrophotography feature, available for devices running Android 10 (Q) and Android 9 Pie. We will update this post when there’s a new port available for a different developer or a newer version of the listed port is released.