Google Pixel 5 has reached reviewers and will soon fall into the hands of customers around the world, bringing with it a new update to the Google Camera application. Fortunately, it’s possible to install Google Camera 8.0 on older Pixel phones, but it’s not as easy as we hope.
Earlier today, reviewers gave us their impressions of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G, Google’s latest flagship and upper-middle-class Android phones. Now that reviewers can talk and share freely about the new pixels, the latest update to the Google Camera app, version 8.0, is available in the wild.
While the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G have new camera features such as cinematic panning and Night Sight in portrait mode, simply installing Google Camera 8.0 on older pixels really only brings a slight reorganization and some user interface settings. The only new “features”
In fact, we noticed that Playground (AR Stickers) is no longer available on the Pixel 3 XL. For now, we think this removal is accidental, due to the use of a specific version of Google Camera 8.0 for Pixel 5, as Google has promised that Playground features will continue to work on older devices.
Between the lack of new features and the removal of some features, we currently do not recommend installing this update on Google Camera until it arrives naturally on your phone via the Google Play Store.
However, there will always be those who want to get to things sooner. Usually, when an update like this becomes available, you can simply download the APK file from a trusted website or publication and install it on your phone immediately. With Google Camera 8.0, however, Google seems to have made a few changes to the way the app is designed, making it a little more challenging than usual to install.
The first and simplest change is that Google Camera 8.0 now uses “partitions,” a relatively recent change in the distribution of Android apps that allows developers to separate things like language, screen density, and processor – they can all vary unusually between different devices of people – from the “basic” code of the application.
In essence, instead of installing one APK to update an application, you need to install several at once. There are several ways to install split APK files like the one we’ll look at shortly.
However, there seems to be a more critical issue preventing the installation of Google Camera 8.0 on older Pixel phones, for which we have not yet found a full explanation. Most people trying to install the Google Camera 8.0 update – as well as the Google Recorder 2.0 update – are greeted with the error “INSTALL_FAILED_VERIFICATION_FAILURE”.
Not everyone who tries to install the update will get the error, but we’re still not sure what’s different about these people’s phones that allows them to install. People like John Wu, the founder of Magisk, and the team behind APKMirror are working to find the root cause of the problem and a long-term solution.
In the meantime, however, there is is still a way to get Google Camera 8.0 on your older Pixel phones with Android 11 – sorry, Pixel 2016 fans. be installed first factory reset phone. We tested this method ourselves and found that Google Camera is installed exactly as expected after completing the initial setup.
Note: The factory reset of your phone will be deleted all your local data, including all photos, messages, and application data that are not archived in the cloud. We recommend using the Google One app to back up your phone to Google Drive before continuing.
For a quick reminder on how to restore your Pixel to factory settings, go to Settings application, tap The system, then tap Reset options. From this page, tap “Delete all data (factory reset)And follow the instructions to complete the reset. After resetting, back up your phone and follow the instructions below to install Google Camera 8.0.
How to install Google Camera 8.0 on older pixels (after reset)
There are actually three different ways to install Google Camera 8.0 on your Pixel phone, each a little different, but all three do essentially the same thing. Which one to choose is just a matter of preference.
You can, of course, try one of these three methods before resetting your phone. Some have been lucky enough to install Google Camera 8.0 without resetting to factory settings, but if you encounter an “INSTALL_FAILED_VERIFICATION_FAILURE” error, you will need to restore the factory settings and try again to install the update.
However, again, with a limited number of changes and added features, we do not currently recommend installing this update until it arrives naturally through the Google Play Store.
Method 1: APKMirror Installer
As usual, one of the easiest ways to get an app outside the Google Play Store is through APKMirror. People there have created a special APKMirror Installer application used to make it easier to install split APK files.
Once you have the APKMirror Installer application on your phone, download the specially compiled Google Camera 8.0 “.apkm” file from APKMirror. By default, the attempt to open this file should be started directly in APKMirror Installer, where you will have to confirm the installation several times.
Method 2: SAI (split APK installer)
The second method also uses an application called Split APKs Installer, or SAI for short. SAI can install and even create its own special “.apks” file, which envelops all split APK files in one easy-to-download and install package.
You will then need to download the .apks file for Google Camera 8.0 – uploaded by people in XDA-Developers – from MEGA. Once downloaded, open the SAI, tap “Install APKs” and find the “Camera_8.0.018.335051840.apks” file you just downloaded. You will then be prompted by Android to install the update.
Method 3: ADB (advanced)
If you don’t trust these third-party apps too much, or if you prefer to try it yourself and maybe learn a little more about Android along the way, you can also install the manually split APK files for Google Camera 8.0. To do this, you will need your phone, a computer with ADB installed and updated, and a USB cable to connect the two. If you choose this method, we will assume that you already have these things or know how to set them up.
First download the same file “Camera_8.0.018.335051840.apks” seen in Method 2 above, to your computer. Then change the end of the file name from “.apks” to “.zip” because SAI simply creates renamed zip files. Now you can and should easily unzip the contents to a folder of your choice. You should now have a folder with the following files:
Among these files are some additional files used by SAI that we can ignore, along with various additional APK files for other languages that you may not need. For the purposes of this guide, we will assume that you only need an English language pack, but feel free to add more to suit your needs.
Then connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable and make sure USB debugging is enabled on your Pixel phone. Finally, from the terminal / command line of your choice, run the following command to install the various Google Camera 8.0 APK files:
adb install-multiple base.apk split_config.en.apk split_config.xxhdpi.apk split_config.arm64_v8a.apk
No matter which method you used, you should now have Google Camera 8.0 installed on your Pixel phone. That said, for most people, the improvements in the user interface and settings of Google Camera probably aren’t worth the extra effort of having to reset your phone to factory settings.
We tested this method on the Pixel 3 XL and cstark27 launched the application on its Pixel 4 XL without any problem. If you decide to go the extra mile to install Google Camera 8.0, let us know in the comments which Pixel phone you’re using and whether it worked with or without a factory reset.
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