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Jul
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Over the weekend, CyanogenMod teased something called Nemesis, and we honestly had no clue what it was. Even now, after spending some time with CM team members who are working on the various parts of Nemesis, it still isn't entirely clear. What we do know, however, is how it will start, which may indicate what it could be.

Nemesis is going to be a multi-phase endeavor for CyanogenMod, where the team presumably tackles the features that have provided a less-than-stellar user experience in the past – the project's nemeses, if you will. The first – and probably most prevalent – is the camera experience.

Over the years, smartphone manufacturers have gone to great lengths to improve their cameras – modern-day smartphones are the new point-and-shoot, after all – but these enhancements are greatly diminished when you remove the custom software provided by said manufacturer. This, of course, is unavoidable when CyanogenMod is installed on a device, as any custom camera application is overwritten by the stock Android camera.

Today, CyanogenMod is unveiling its first step to change this. Meet Focal, the new CM camera app, and first phase of Nemesis.

Now that we've established what Focal actually is, let's take a look at it and what it's capable of. Before we get started, however, it's worth noting that this is an early preview of the app. Improvements and enhancements are constantly being added right now, and I've seen the app receive several updates and a massive amount of improvements over the last week of testing it. With that out of the way, let's get to it.

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At first blush, you'll notice that Focal feels a lot like the stock Android camera – this makes sense, as CM has always stayed very close to a stock look and feel, even when heavier customizations come into play. It offers all the same features expected from stock Android – including Photospheres (dubbed "Picspheres" in Focal), Panoramas, and the ability to take pictures while shooting video. Tapping and sliding out from the capture icon will show the full list of available options:

  • Front-Facing
  • Picsphere
  • Video
  • Panorama
  • Photo

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From there, however, it expands upon these features, improving and enhancing them throughout the entire experience. Of course, it's not just about taking what stock Android already does and nothing more – Focal includes a slew of its own features, as well. Here's a list of all the features found in Focal's menu, many of which have their own subset of options:

  • Flash mode: Torch, On, Off, Auto
  • White Balance: Cloudy Outside, Daylight, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Auto
  • Scene Mode: Theater, Sunset, Steady, Sports, Snow, Portrait, Party, Night Portrait, Night, Landscape, HDR, Flowers, Fireworks, Candlelight, Beach, Backlight, Best Shot, Augmented Reality, Auto
  • Color Effects: Neon, Sketch, Emboss, Aqua, Whiteboard, Blackboard, Posterize, Sepia, Polarize, Negative, Black and White, Disabled
  • Exposure
  • Color Enhancements
  • Exposure Measure Mode
  • ISO Sensitivity
  • Burst Mode
  • Timer
  • Settings: Widgets Chooser, Auto-Enhancement, Exposure Ring, Image Size

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Like with most CM products, Focal is an intuitive product – if you can't figure out what one of the above settings is (since they're only represented by icons), simply long-press on it and the name will pop up on the screen.

Of all the features found within Focal – most of which are self-explanatory for anyone who's used a camera before – there are three I want to focus on: the widget chooser, auto-enhancement, and the exposure ring (all of which can be found in the settings option).

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In the last two screenshots, only the exposure ring was moved – no other changes (including lighting) were made.

  • Widget Chooser – this lets you completely customize the options shows within the options bar. If, for example, you never adjust the exposure of your images while shooting, then simply remove this option off the bar. 
  • Auto-Enhancement – Google announced auto-enhancing features for G+ photos back at I/O, and this is a very similar feature, but it happens directly after the image is taken. As a result, it takes 6-7 seconds to save the image in which you can't take another picture or close the camera, otherwise the image will not be completely saved.
  • Exposure Ring – This is, by far, my favorite feature of Focal. With this option enabled, a second ring (alongside the focus ring), depicted by a sun, shows up on the screen. You can use this ring to adjust the exposure accordingly on the fly – drag it to a darker spot of the shot to dynamically brighten the entire shot, and vice versa. It's by far the easiest way to get the best lighting out of any shot taken.

Now that we've covered everything Focal has to offer, there's another lingering question: how well does it work? Considering it's still very much in beta, I'd say it works pretty well. The CM team is, as always, working vigilantly to make it better and constantly improve it – they've been feeding us nightly builds for the past week, and I've seen it grow and change firsthand.

The bigger question, however, may be when can I get it? As long as everything continues working well, Focal should be merged with CM nightlies by this weekend – we'll let you know as soon as it's available.

Now, let's start thinking about what Phase 2 could possibly be...

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • besthiroeu

    Wow, it actually looks awesome :D

  • noodle

    It's happening!?!

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I was expecting something better, but this isn't bad either.

    • Christopher Lee

      You did read the part where they said "first phase" right? Presumably we'll see some more interesting information as things move along.

    • Justin Stroud

      What are you expecting out of a camera app, exactly?

      • Amer Khaznadar

        Edit: Nevermind. Missunderstood whom you're replying to there.

      • Hal Motley

        A pizza oven?

        Those 12" pies ain't gonna cook themselves. XD

        • Josh

          Well, PIE is already merged into CM...

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        No, i was expecting this news to be better, not the camera...

  • BoB1673

    wow this is going to be great !!

  • pllopis

    Amazing! I hope this app works with stock Android phones as well, or is this also an effort for improving camera drivers (and will not work on non-CM phones)?

  • J3R3MY_H

    Will "Picsphere" work on all cm devices or will it remain only on Nexus devices as photosphere currently is?

    • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

      All devices that have a gyroscope

      • Shrome Khanna

        Hey man, could you please tell me how well this works on the Galaxy S3? Considering you have the device, you should have a pretty good idea. Is every feature listed in the article functional despite Samsung's f'd up sources?

        PS: This will make me remove the dual booted TW ROM I have on the side, so thank you for this :D

        • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

          Works fine on Xperia Z, Xperia T, i9100, i9300, n7000, Nexus 4, Find 5 and Galaxy Nexus. I guess the others shouldn't be too bad :)

          • Shrome Khanna

            Great to know, I'll be waiting eagerly for the updates. Thanks again

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        No chance on having it on devices without Gyroscope? Because, it worked (not perfectly though) on my phone, which hasn't got Gyroscope on other AOSP ROMs with Android's stock camera app.

        • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

          We'll have a way for that in the future, but it's at a low priority

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Ok, thank You for Your answer!

    • akshay7394

      I would assume any device with the capable hardware.

  • rootarded

    All that hype over a camera app?

    YAWN.

    • YBinnenweg

      "Nemesis is going to be a multi-phase endeavor for CyanogenMod, where the
      team presumably tackles the features that have provided a
      less-than-stellar user experience in the past – the project's nemeses,
      if you will. The first – and probably most prevalent – is the camera
      experience."
      There's more to come, my friend.

    • sivkai

      My thoughts exactly. What a massive let down.

      I commend the camera, it does look cool, but I hate that they teased us THIS. This is not teaser worthy!

      • GazaIan

        It's a massive letdown to you because you expected something way more than what was actually coming (CM on iPhone? Be realistic, there hasn't been a cracked and custom iBoot in years)... AP has an editorial directed at people who make up stuff and get high expectations, only to be disappointed because they realized that their imagination isn't reality.

        • Hal Motley

          I would actually buy another iPhone if it had CM dualbooted on it. XD

      • the_banned_one_returns

        Bitter little user, disappointed and angry over free software ... go cry to mommy.

    • JensAstrup

      Phase 1

      • sivkai

        Phase is just a fancy word for update and in case you didn't know, almost every app, tweak has updates. There is nothing special here, and I doubt the updates will bring anything revolutionary either.

        • JensAstrup

          Not really though. Phase 2 isn't about Focal, it will be about CM. Phase 1 is a new camera, Phase 2 is possibly something super crazy awesome.

          • sivkai

            You really think that? Lol...if phase 2 was "crazy awesome", don't you think it would make more sense to reveal that first?

            Phase 2 will probably be a torchlight app but wait for it...it can change colours! Revolutionary.

          • Shitiz Garg

            When has it ever made sense to reveal the most awesome thing at first? The saying goes, "save the best for last"...

          • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

            Phase 2 will have nothing to do with camera.

          • sivkai

            I look forward to it.

        • the_banned_one_returns

          So go use Touchwizz then... FAIL.

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      This is only the first phase. Wait a little bit, and we'll probably be amazed by CyanogenMod team!

  • Veridor

    I wonder how it compares to the Sense camera on the HTC One, as the camera is the main reason I haven't converted to the Google Play edition.

    • CiDhed

      You are aware you can install the sense camera apk on the GE edition for the one and everything but the gallery link works, right?

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2351965

      • Veridor

        Indeed, I'm aware of this. I am just concerned about speedy updates with the Sense camera, and some features don't work well, like burst mode. If the image quality is up to par with the Sense camera one the One, then I'm gone :-) All I really care about is the image quality.

  • Harish

    Cant wait for the apk. Pls upload it android police.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Sorry, we can't. :/

      • Veridor

        Thanks for the reply. At least we got a sneak peek :-)

  • sivkai

    Such a dissapointment. Was hoping for a CM port for the iPhone. My fault for having such high expectations... :/

    • Sean White

      What would be the point of that. I mean a $600 iPhone is harder to work on than a $600 HTC/Samsung/Sony/LG phone (which all have most the same features) and the prospective market of such a port is small

      • sivkai

        I understand, hence my high expectations. Still, I figured it was in the realm of plausibility since teasers are very rarely used unless something revolutionary is about to come.

    • Roberth1234

      One other fault is that you overlook the fact that this is phase one.

    • Varun Priolkar

      >ios closed source pos os
      >iphone shitty locked down device
      >paying 700$ for that instead of glorious HTC one
      Lol

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      Too stupid to be insulted.

    • JensAstrup

      Wait, this is seriously why you're disappointed? Why are you even on Android Police?

  • J3R3MY_H

    I'm hoping Phase 2 (or any phase) is being able to dial in the screen color, saturation, etc.

  • Vito Cassisi

    A bit of UI polish and this should be pretty awesome.

  • http://www.mobileosworld.com/ Xen Lee
  • C-LoS

    Phase 2: Manual Focus PLEASE !!

    • Thomas Gladdines

      Indeed this would be very very cool, would to be able to focus with volume button O.o

      • C-LoS

        idk about manual focus with volume buttons. i think on screen setting with an adjust bar would be more helpful. more control over the focus then clicking away at your volume back and forth over the perfect shot.

        • http://exhibitq.com/talk/ Luke Scammell

          Agreed, just like the Nokia 1020 interface, just rob that :)

    • RajivSK

      IIRC the focus of current camera modules isn't actually exposed at hardware level, so I wouldn't count on it. I don't understand why none of the oems do this though. It would be a killer feature and definitely a very good selling point.

    • Cerberus_tm

      I suppose it could be a nice extra option, but I'm trying to think of a scenario where you want to focus on something that is not within the viewer. Or is it for when the camera simply refuses to focus on the object in front of it? Guess that happens, not sure it will still happen with the focus ring. Would be interesting.

  • David Posso

    What about HDR mode?

    • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

      It's there too. We refined software HDR mode. Look forward to the official announcement from CM later today.

      • Thomas Gladdines

        This means it works better on older devices? It's not taking 3 pictures for 5 sec and then merging them which gives a bad picture because it's putting 3 pics of different positions on top of each other >.>

        • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

          We've been refining that a lot. It's quite a bit slower now (as we didn't take time to optimize it yet), but it works much better.

          • Scorpion747

            Please make a option for saving the picture to the sd card!!!
            Thanks :))

          • Shitiz Garg

            It's slower in what regards? Do I still have to stand still for a few seconds (when it actually doesn't say anything about standing still)

          • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

            Slower in terms of processing speed, as it matches pictures first. Taking shots is a bit faster.

  • Amer Khaznadar

    It also seems that CM are also tackling another one of their nemeses during this phase: ETAs.

  • MikeCiggy

    I hope they bring back, volume button shutter or power button shutter. That was awesome on my gnex on ICS.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Just tested - volume button shutter is a go!

      • MikeCiggy

        SCORE!!

      • silver_arrow

        Also included in the stock 4.3 camera app

    • Elias

      Still, dedicated camera shutter button would be perfect.

  • Veridor

    I also wonder if this will get released as a standalone app like the CM calculator.

    • Christopher Heidt

      That would be sweet!

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    Phase two will pretty likely an other Stock app like dialer/Contacts.

    But I am not really cool with this turnout. I think taking pictures is the most basic feature after making calls and it should be just working. No tweaking or something is needed. The autoawesome and this Ring around the shutter feature of this is the right direction. Why can't this autoawesome feature process the images in the background while still taking pictures? I'd say keep it simple! But nice work though CM, you seem to have learned your lesson in marketing ;)

    • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

      furthermore I would say this makes things harder for porter to port it to their devices as there may not be code for the camera and with so many options, there is more ways that porting fails... But this is only a noob opinion *lol* :D

      • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

        In fact, it's quite the opposite. As it is a separate package, we can jump updating the camera app, and this camera is much more compatible with devices, as the options are filtered based on device compatibility anyway.

        • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

          Thanks for replying! Nice to know that! Looking forward to test this app. :)

  • http://flavors.me/sabret00the sabret00the

    "Today, CyanogenMod is unveiling its first step to change this."

    Change what? I get you're trying to segue into talking about the camera. But what are they out to change? How does creating an app mean better hardware support? And what the frig is Nemesis exactly? Is it going to replace all the core apps or just one or two? The article feels convoluted. That's more of a shame because you've clearly got more information than Android Central and yet they presented what little they had in a better fashion when they scooped you.

  • Stefan van Manen

    Really a great app, this is what CM needed! Hopefully the will also improve their file manager (make it more intuitive like latest version of Root Explorer) and Apollo could also use some extra work.
    Next up an CM Gallery/Contacts/Message app and CM really have their own ROM and own style without leaving Holo (like the OEM's do).

  • Pratik Holla

    Any chance this will work on NON CM roms? Using aokp here.

    • Hal Motley

      It might get ported over, it makes sense after we got the PIE controls from them. PA love the CyanogenMod project and I doubt they would leave this feature behind if they have nothing superior to it. :-)

      • Pratik Holla

        I was hoping more on that fact that you could just install the apk? Just like the google camera. Would some CM dependencies cause issues?

        • Hal Motley

          Now that I think about it properly (something I should do more often, XD), Focal should be an independent APK that is install-able on almost any Android device, much like the original camera app. Much like the tweaked Calculator app that was added to CM a while back.

          Unless the CM team added a sneaky dependency, but even then it's all open-source so it shouldn't be an issue. :-)

    • Vardan Nazaretyan

      If it goes AOSP, probably someone will port it AOKP, I'm not sure though.

    • angel_spain

      Right now official AOKP uses CM camera, so it might be picked too if it goes to AOSP.

    • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

      We've been running it on 4.3 AOSP phones too

      • PhoenixPath

        Any chance of it being a stand-alone app? (Downloadable apk for any 4.2+ rom?)

  • Michael Pahl

    Please make a quick HDR mode. might not be possible but that'd be sweet.

    • Mkvarner

      Just take a picture while jumping around, the result is going to be just as bad as a quick HDR mode.

      • Michael Pahl

        no.
        What i am saying is an HDR mode that is comparable to the phones stock HDR mode.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    I knew that! It is indeed a camera app, at least, this phase.

  • egendomligt

    I like the exposure vs focus pickers, but they should be placeable in one move, with a swipe.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    This was probably "The right pixel at the right time".
    I have no idea, what are the next versions going to be.

  • merman1983

    One of the only things about AOSP that I feel is lacking is the camera app and there just isn't one in the store that I've ever thought was an improvement. I'm very impressed by this myself - if you don't run stock AOSP or CM or a similar ROM I can understand why this may not seem like such a big deal. The exposure and focus rings alone would be most welcome.

  • Abhigyan

    The big question... are they going to push the source to Android? Or is this going locked to CM/third party ROMs?

  • http://robert.aitchison.org raitchison

    Curious if you can change the storage location for photos & videos, I know on some CM builds the camera would only store photos on internal storage which kind of defeats the point.

  • http://www.westagemusic.com/ Marc

    Do we get to see phase two at 9am?

  • sourabh

    Up next is messaging and other communication related apps IMO

  • jammer

    Cameron, I'm interested in how the burst mode works. Similar to stock or like touchwiz?

  • sourabh

    I am an avid photographer.I take most of my pics on my phone and ive always had issues with focusing the thing i want to focus with in both touchwiz and Aosp camera apps.The focus ring completely blew me away.Macro shots are only going to get better with this =)
    Just cant wait for this

  • Misti curia

    Such an anti climax, still pretty cool though

  • Christopher Hatch

    Bluetooth, MHL port and IR are all nemeses of CyanogenMod

  • PhoenixPath

    I want this as an app. Why can't they release CM file manager and the camera app on play, ffs???

    • the_banned_one_returns

      Maybe there are other dependencies?

      Why not just use CM since you want their apps?

      • PhoenixPath

        Well, you see; I like *some* CM apps. I also like some TW apps and some Sense apps. These are apps, after all; not traditionally part of the OS.

        Google has begun making their apps more modular/separate from AOSP/frameworks. I suppose it's far too presumptuous, in your opinion, to hope that perhaps CM might do the same?

        • Jadephyre

          Most Sense apps however are dependant on Sense itself, at least they were when I last used Sense. Like for instance the Flip Clock.

          • PhoenixPath

            I never asked for Sense apps to be posted to play... (but it would be cool).

            Honestly? Google is porting their apps to actual apps now. I love it. I hope it starts a trend. Maybe certain dev teams will start tagging along.

            I'd love to see the AOKP ribbon in the Play Store. I'd love to see CM File Manager and Camera in there.

            (most of this is open source, so honestly, CM and AOKP don't even have to do it...I could do it myself if I had the dev ability...here's hoping someone does.)

  • Max Barlow

    Phase 2?
    MESSAGING

  • Ivan Myring

    So, is there any improvement to picture quality, or is it just a new interface and options?

  • Drome

    this... looks... awesome!

  • Leonardo Baez

    they should relase it as a stand alone app for no CM users. maybe even charge for it to get some resources

    • Pulser_G2

      It runs fine on AOSP (even 4.3), so I suggest we wait and see...

  • Luxferro

    I can't stand when marketing gives something a new name just to differentiate from other products, when it's more or less the same exact thing.

    Picsphere should stay as Photoshere. It should use the name that is common to Android for simplicity and continuity , IMO.

    • Pulser_G2

      I imagine they wanted to avoid any possible comeback from Google for using a name which they had protected in some region... I don't know if it's trademarked, but some jurasdictions recognise "semi Trademarks" like that - best to not "copy direct"

  • esuomenona

    Hmm, call me crazy, but I was hoping to see a bar code scanner bundled with this camera application, eliminating the need to launch a separate "camera" app just to scan a bar code.
    Maybe something to add in the future :)?
    Regardless, this will be a great addition. Thanks for all the hard work, and I'm looking forward to the next phase!

    • Evan

      I think that could work as a camera mode, but I wouldn't want it on all the time. I could see it being a resource hog trying to capture images and decide if it needed to process a barcode at the same time.

      • Lastb0isct

        Could be an easy "on/off" option

    • fluffman86

      Google Goggles can automatically scan photos taken for important information. Then it just pops up in the notification drawer.

  • SpeakWithYouAndMe

    Still waiting for dual camera feature as found on S4's camera app

  • Gav456

    What are chances that this will work with cm10.1 As a standalone apk? The AOSP 4.3 camera works fine on my sensation but neither HTC, cm or ROM chefs support it much nowadays =(

  • http://dabuxian.com/ Dabu

    I hope they'll include normal camera app, since I prefer AOSP.

  • mikesuds

    "no idea what Nemesis was..."

    "over the last week of testing the app..."

    Which is it? haha

    • Jaime

      Nemesis is not the app... focal is the app.

  • VAVA Mk2

    Sounds like Nemesis is CM's customized version of Android whereas CM is a modified version of basically stock AOSP. Nemesis would be analogous to Touch Wiz or MIUI or something skinned, but derived from AOSP code.

  • Lam Wei Lun

    Nemesis - CM's Avengers, Phase 1 comepleted, undergoing Phase 2

  • Shitiz Garg

    This looks a lot like a result of openDESIGN that was announced by CM devs a while back

  • Bretton Key

    I love the direction with this camera, only thing is missing is capturing images with voice. I hope this becomes standalone or closely emulated by other ROM'ers.
    I love CM team for their approach of development, I may comeback to them if I can get S Pen features for my Note 2.

    • Björn Lundén

      I'm pretty sure the S-Pen should work fine in CM in apps using the official Android stylus API. There were some other issues with the gestures that stopped them from getting merged.

  • George Av

    phase 2, in my mind should be a app that takes facebook, G+, twitter, Messaging, Hangouts, Gmail all in one app.

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      Doesn't look likely. Such an app will be too busy to handle.

  • Asphyx

    Well CM has always had issues with the camera...Was always a bitch to get to work properly on different units and chipsets.
    They already made Apollo for the Audio. SO it would seem this entire NEMESIS project is to finally write robust media capabilities into the ROM that were always given short shift in favor of Unit Support.

    • raindog469

      Apollo really needs an overhaul, though. Even my stock Samsung player has more features (like being able to play folders, which is pretty important when you make your own mixes for the road and don't want to sit there manually adding each one to a playlist) and is more stable.

      • Luxferro

        I agree. I don't even like Apollo and wish it wasn't baked in. I'd rather use Google Music, and w/ Apollo in there it messes up my bluetooth controls from my car when I Pause/Play after leaving car and using the phone.

  • fearphage

    Good show, CM team! Thanks for everything.

    I hope phase 2 is the dialer/contacts!

  • jmlares

    This weekend?! YES! So excited to try it out.

  • Felipe Pimenta

    Good app for a AOSP or AOSP-based ROM or such? Yes. IMO, will replace HTC/Sony/Samsung camera? No. I will stick to my Sony camers...

  • gtdtm

    Does this have hold shutter for burst or something like that?

  • GOGOI DANUT

    Phase 2 : one app for PHONE & SMS....(like in LEWA OS ROM) :D

  • didibus

    About white-balance, I remember having a sony camcorder that adjusted white-balanced by having you point the camera at something that is white, it would then use that as reference white. That would give you perfect white balance all of the times. Why can't we have a mode like that in phones?

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      I remember having a camera that did this too, way back. What ever happened to that handy method?

    • Cerberus_tm

      You'd still need a button to activate this adjustment, wouldn't you? With these rings, you also need to do something to change the spot of calibration, but you can do it by hand, so that seems...quicker? I don't know, I'd like to try both methods.

      • didibus

        Hum, well preset white balance settings are probably faster to use. Especially they don't need you to have something white at hand. But the method I describe gives you perfect white balance, because it actually calibrates it to the exact lighting of where you are taking the shot. The presets assume some general lighting scenarios, so the white balance is always a bit off.

        • Cerberus_tm

          But the rings do exactly that, they let you calibrate the camera application based on a certain point/area in the viewfinder: the only difference is that, with you method, you point the camera at a point, whereas, with these rings, you can tap on the screen to select the point/area you want to use for calibration. Actually, I'm not sure whether this camera application has such a thing for white balance, but it does have it for exposure and focus. Perhaps white balance is included in the exposure ring...?

          • didibus

            Ah, sorry, I hadn't quite understood you. The exposure ring and the focus ring are awesome. Exposure is not quite the same as white balance though, so I doubt it's included into the exposure ring.

            I'm not sure how the exposure ring and focus ring work. Is it that it set set only if you click, or it is always set to where they are positioned?

            Like if I click on something really close, it'll focus to something close, now if I move the camera to something really far and I take the picture, does it re-focus on the new image based on where the focus ring is at, or does it keep my focus from before? And I have the same question for the Exposure Ring.

            If it always focus/expose to where the ring is, that would not work for white balance, because you don't always have a white object to use as reference in your scene. That's why it used to work as point towards white, sets white balance, than take picture. This way, you can just put a white piece of paper, calibrate white balance with it, than take all your shots, given the lighting hasn't changed, the white balance is perfect.

          • Cerberus_tm

            True, true. I see your point. I suppose the best option would be to allow *both* ways! And simply setting it by hand should be a third way. Let's hope it will turn out good.

  • nsnsmj

    Looks nice. Something about the UI looks a bit off to me though. I think it's just a bit too busy. Also, based on the video, there version of photosphere looks a lot worse. The UI looked quite different, and not necessarily better.

  • Jeremy Martin

    An ETA??? That is very un CM like :) What did you have to do to find out it was going to be merged this weekend possibly? :)

  • T94

    what about antishake feature? will they include it or what?! It's the only feature that I really miss since leaving Samsung's stock roms

  • T94

    Thumbs up CM!
    u r taking android to the next level
    keep the good work.

  • Time Lapse!

    Time Lapse?

  • Mr. Mark

    @ 0:57, he has a large smartphone in both of his front pockets along with the one he's carrying in his hand. O_O

  • Konstantinos

    A new camera app? Will it take better pictures than the current one? Or they wanted to change the UI of the stock app?

  • ambaxter

    As long as they add the option to turn off all camera sounds (without muting the entire phone), this will be great. That's one of the things that I've always been missing on smartphones.

    • Konstantinos

      if you have root, why don't you delete the specific .ogg file? :P

      • ambaxter

        I have root, but that's more of a hack than I'm willing to do. Any updates will always put it back. Not worth it. Would be better to make it a feature.

        • Lou

          I am pretty sure on XDA there is a flashable zip for getting silent camera mode.

          Depends on the phone/rom however..

    • https://play.google.com/store/apps/developer?id=iWizard Bikram Agarwal

      I think there's a law (or something) against that. It's not a feature but 'requirement by law'. The camera must make a noise upon taking a picture so that you can't secretly take (pervy) pictures. (Similar to - when you record a call, the other party must be informed and the other party will hear a periodic beep). I can't remember whether I read that somewhere or imagined that in my dreams. :P

  • Lou

    Can this be applied to current CM builds? How is this on the Nexus 4?

    Is there a way I can get this in my hands so I can apply it to mine? Or did they handpick beta testers out there to use this before merging?

    Also for Phase 2: Better Audio Quality, or FINAL PHASE NEMESIS: BATTERY LIFE

    • Fellwalker

      why do you need it on nexus 4? I run cyanogenmod 10.1.2 and it has the standard android 4.2 camera with panorama and photosphere. I've got exposure +/-2 very easily accessible. I'd much rather adjust photos in a separate app afterwards than lose the chance of a second shot . most auto adjustments do too much so beware.

      • Lou

        I use CM 10.1.2 on my N4 and while I have no complaints about my camera I would really like to test out Focal. I want to see how well it stacks up and its options.

        Plus those focus and exposure rings are awesome. I just hope PicSphere is comparable or hell even better than PhotoSphere!

        • Fellwalker

          The focus and exposure rings are there in stock android 4.2 on your nexus. If you press on the screen in an area, the camera adjusts to bring that into focus and into correct exposure. It looks to me that they are bringing the 4.2 experience to other versions of cm

        • Fellwalker

          I do quite like the idea of separate focus and exposure areas, rather than having to have them combined. I remain to be convinced about auto, and about the usability (maybe even visibility) of all of those buttons and menus on a 5 inch - or for most people 4 inch - screen.
          However, it is great to see things being developed, and meaning that all cm users get to experience a far better core camera.

  • http://byazrov.ru/ Byazrov.com

    Can it save the terrible awfulness of HTC ONE's camera?

  • Shaun Hammond

    Well, that's me going back to CM. PACMan ROM restarts my phone constantly throughout the day and I can live without some of the extra customisations. I liked CM10.1, very stable and fast. Much better than stock, and now I get to ride out Nemesis and see what it has to offer. Also can't wait to see how it works on the One Max or Note 3 when they're announced and I get my hands on either, it should be a nice change from my Nexus 4.

  • Bas

    The CM team should put their focus on improving GoogleTV...

  • Anonymous_Brony

    That calls for a calsberg

  • Sayantan Guha Roy

    2nd part of Nemesis >> voice plus is it ?

  • Daqwan Koenig

    This seems awesome I can't wait to use this with my iblazer

  • Daqwan Koenig

    It would be awesome to be able to scan barcode and qr code in the app

  • Daqwan Koenig

    Any new video features

  • CalH

    Phase 2: Launcher - hopefully...
    As Trebuchet needs some improvements...

  • RevolcFael4

    Is it possible to get an .apk? If its in the nightlies, just post it here, right? Google didnt help.

  • http://the-jade-domain.com Jaime J. Denizard

    I have a suggestion for the next time you're demoing something like this where you're grabbing the phone's output instead of recording it with an external camera: Since we can't see your fingers, it makes it a bit hard to follow along and see what what you're tapping on; I would suggest turning on the "Show touches" option under "Developer options".

  • Samik Parekh

    Can't wait to try one

  • saransh_technocity

    Camera jellybean+ do it all and do it better. By far the best camera app ever made. Focus's minimal ui luks exactly like camera jb+. However the features in later are so helpful and time saving that one could only wonder how someone else couldn't think about such easy solutions.