Google Camera app launches for KitKat devices, adds Lens Blur mode

by XB on 17th April 2014

in Applications, Imaging


Google Camera Xperia_11Google has taken its stock camera app and launched it separately onto the Play Store. The Google Camera application will run on any smartphone or tablet running Android 4.4 KitKat. Obviously Sony devices have a great stock camera app, but you may want to give Google’s new app a try if you’ve ever wanted to try Photo Spheres (for immersive 360º views), which was never ported to Sony models.

A new feature introduced in the app is Lens Blur mode which adds a bokeh depth-of-field effect to pictures, much like Sony’s Background Defocus mode. Other features include Panorama mode with high resolution and a 100% viewfinder. We tested the app on a Xperia Z1 Compact and was pleasantly surprised about the Lens Blur mode which created results with less trial-and-error than Sony’s solution. If you have upgraded your Sony Xperia to KitKat, then you can download the app here.

Google Camera Lens Blur mode

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Via Google Research Blog.

  • Deki

    I cannot install on my Z1. I guess it’s not supported…

    But, it’s cool! :)

  • Abdul Ghani

    its an app not gonna solve the picture quality since sony algorithm is being used in all third party apps i have tested in low light it still produces grainy pictures cuz of sonys horrible algorithm

  • mukul verma

    it is very slow in my z1 while opening the app or going thru any camera setting, but it is clear den sony stock camera app. google camera app lacks hdr setting,iso setting etc which are available in sony camera app.

  • ayub407

    It’s not available in my country (United Arab Emirates). :'(
    Why you do this Google? :|

  • surethom

    1 thing missing that is massively needed, is a Widescreen option 16:9, I hope this is coming soon, widescreen photos look way better as All phones, tablets & TV’s are widescreen.

  • kirakira

    you can always look for the apk online

  • GabrielaAHanson

    We tested the app on a Xperia Z1 Compact and was pleasantly surprised about the Lens Blur mode which created results with less trial-and-error than Sony’s solution. If you have upgraded your Sony Xperia to KitKat, then you can download the app here. http://qr.net/uWGC

  • kirakira

    are you sure you already have kitkat?

  • Okazuma

    Works only on 4.4.+

  • Mohammed Khired

    finally !!

  • sdfdsf

    I would love to see a comparison: Google stock camera Vs Sony Stock camera app. Anyone?

  • FixMax

    There is no needed to compare this.
    One side to compare functionality between. Second side to compare algoritm of capturing picture.
    Algoritm in the majority generated by driver , NOT APK.

  • Deki

    Yes, build .757, the last… I’ll try again later, Voice Balloon app couldn’t be installed on the first day.

  • RealityCheck2013

    That 2nd girl looks better blurred out :D

  • asdsad

    Ah, thanks for informing me. That means we’re doomed :D. I hope Sony fixes their algorithm soon.

  • scw

    Never like these background blurring function which try to pretend you can select the “focus point” after the picture is taken. It is just plain silly.

  • Al

    On my z1 compact it says this app is incompatible with ur device..Im running 4.4.2 build 757 firmware. Any advices??

  • Mohd Firdaus

    cannot install on my Z1..already have 757 kitkat..why???

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