As the drama over the creation of Cyanogen Inc. raged last week, the developer of CyanogenMod's Focal camera app decided to pull it from the open source ROM. Now Guillaume Lesniak (AKA xplodwild) has dropped Focal into Google Play for anyone to use. It is compatible with most newer devices, but it is a beta.

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The app currently has support for multiple still and video modes including burst, timer, scenes, and shutter speed on some devices. It also has PicSphere, an open source replacement for PhotoSpheres. As for panoramas, that mode is a little broken right now – feel free to give it a shot, though. Focal can also do HDR and filters in still photo mode.

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There are likely to be a few more small bugs in Focal right now, but it should be pretty stable on newer phones. Focal is open source, so you can grab the source code at Github, if that's your thing.

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  • David Margolin

    really wish it supported my 4.1.2 phone :(

    • Justin Foster

      Oooooh, it's 4.2+? Aaah....

    • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

      I'm planning to add support for 4.1 very soon. There should be little to no troubles to run it, but as I used to be running it only on 4.2+, I never actually cared

      • David Margolin

        Thanks for the reply. Can't wait!

      • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

        How can we help with testing? I've got i9100 and am willing to do testing if necessary (logs, etc).

        • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

          You can simply use the "Report" button when you get a crash. Otherwise, you can post your logs on the XDA thread linked in the app description

      • shabbypenguin

        Any plans for a donate or paid version?

        • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

          Yup, once the biggest issues are ironed out.

          • Kuchb

            The photos on Google play is your laptop

      • Stacey Liu

        I've noticed that the preview frame rate is very low on my Nexus 4. This one flaw makes the whole app feel unresponsive.

        • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

          I'm working on that, it's a nexus 4 specific issue. FWIW, it raises after taking a picture.

          • Stacey Liu

            Good to know, thanks!

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  • Justin Foster

    Awesome, could you post apk? Can't download from market

  • philnolan3d

    Ah, no good on any of my devices. Boo.

    • HolyFreakingCrap

      Lemme guess, Samsung. When are people going to learn they suck?

      • philnolan3d

        Not at all, they're all Motorola. A RAZR Maxx, a Xoom, and an older Droid X. it has nothing to do with the manufacturer so take your hate elsewhere.

        • GReg

          B-b-b-buuuut m-my HOLOYOLO!

        • sweenish

          It absolutely does, as the manufacturers change Android to their liking.

          Older Motorola devices are very problematic for a lot of apps.

          • philnolan3d

            At least in my case no, it doesn't. The app only works on 4.2, my devices are all 4.1.2 and below.

  • Nicholas Ruiz

    Does it support save to SD?

  • spydie

    incompatible with NOte 2?????

    • Mike

      Working on my Note 2 but I'm on CM. Won't work on any Touchwiz ROMs for the note 2 since the app only works on 4.2+ ROMs. No

      • CorsaroNero

        working fine on my Note 2 with a phoenix rom

  • jamaall

    tried it on my droid maxx... it has great potential, but its very buggy, to the point where its unusable. Keeping the app though, because I'm really hoping it will eventually be stable enough to use. Using a new moto phone, theres pretty much no adjusting in the stock camera app, so it would be great if this worked so I can finally adjust the settings again.

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  • Jose Torres

    Now why did they not do this before? Seemed like it was as easy as pulling a switch then BOOM Play Store App...

    • Mkvarner

      They or he?

  • quantumsuicide

    Compatible with both my Transformer Pad Infinity and my old Galaxy S2X, but, strangely enough, not my HTC One. EDIT: Aaaah, it's for Android 4.2+. Oh well, I'm sure us One owners will receive the 4.3 update any day now. Any day...

    • Promethean

      Where did you get your One? I'm on 4.2.2 and can install the app, im with T-Mobile UK.

      • Hal Motley

        T-Mobile or EE?

        • Promethean

          I got it via T-Mobile but a couple months later they moved me over to EE.

  • NF

    I'll give it a try. The stock camera on my Nexus 7 is pretty bad. No, that's not true. The software is okay, but the hardware sucks. Hopefully Focal's new modes will give my photos a bit better quality.

    I'm glad he posted it on the Play Store instead of making people have to use Cyanogenmod.

  • james kendall

    it's marked as incompatible with all my devices :(

  • tekfr33kn

    Still not compatible on my Note 2. Abandoned by Samsung, so no love as a "newer device".

    • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

      Install a ROM, I ditched touchwiz the second day I had my Note 2 and went to AOKP

      • tekfr33kn

        Not a possibility cuz of work. MDM checks for root and kills the service. Otherwise, I'd agree.

        • EH101

          Can you not go to a custom rom and then remove root?

          • tekfr33kn

            Nope, it doesn't work that way.

          • EH101

            What exactly does it check when it 'checks for root'?

          • tekfr33kn

            I haven't exactly figured that part out yet. I don't know if it's a one time boot check or something like a polling check. I'm thinking it may be the latter. I've posted the same question on Yammer for some folks in the company IT team to respond to be they are also having a similar difficulty. Either way, If I want work email, calendar and VPN, I have to stick with stock. It sucks too. My last two phones were rooted. I love to tinker with new ROMS.

          • EH101

            Interesting. I've never dealt with this issue so I was really just asking out of curiosity, just fyi.

            Hmm, it'd probably be a real pain to try since it'd most likely fail, but have you tried any roms with the hacked stock email? It's supposed to remove something regarding exchange security. No idea what it does, really. Might be worth looking into.

  • The_16th_Doctor

    i have it, and some of the special shots it can take are great, like burst which the stock cant. but i feel like that its still not smooth as it can be. Haven't tried picsphere since my photoshphere works just great

  • Steph Chi

    Hey, seems that they are a lot of tears here ... but no thanks !?
    For me, it's cool for him to release this beta. I read beta so little buggy is quite normal, no ?
    And it's opensource ...

  • Jadephyre

    What strikes me as odd is, that now Focal is listed as incompatible with my Nexus 7.
    I still have an older nightly on my N7, and there Focal works just fine with the camera.
    Granted, I could only take bad-quality selfies, but given that the N7 doesn't normally come with camera-software (wether it's stock or not) it is kind of a step back :(

    (I have the "old" N7)

    • Felix

      Nexus 7 _does_ come with camera software, you just need a shortcut app to access it. Try this: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lumor.cameralauncher

      • Jadephyre

        Huh, funky, I didn't know that, thanks :)

    • JohanS

      Yes, any well-written camera-app will work on the Nexus 7, but Google Play makes it practically impossible to support it. This is a problem on the Google Play Store for all apps that require a camera. The problem is that there is currently no way for a camera-app to specify that ANY camera is enough, so devices without a rear-camera are listed as incompatible. Google actually added "camera.any" to their API when they released the Nexus 7, but they never finished the support for that feature on the Play Store, so developers of camera apps can't use it. You can check the bug-report about this problem at https://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=35166

      • Jadephyre

        Oh well, I guess i'll end up pulling the APK from my GNex and copying it over to my N7 :D

  • museistheband

    Thanks! So nice of you to share a work in progress :) Workes fine on my Oppo FInd 5. Will come with more feedback after using it for awhile.

  • Konstantinos

    XpLoDWilD, thanks for this amazing app! Keep up the amazing work you've done all those years! :)

  • Luca Comellini

    In my Galaxy Nexus is even worst than when it was on CM...never worked well

  • http://www.quirk.be/ Vince Buyssens

    Love the app! The only I issue I have is that my gallery thinks the pictures I shot in portrait are landscape, so I need to rotate right in orde to see them properly. Any fix? @guillaumexplodwild:disqus

    • Guillaume ‘XpLoDWilD’

      Yup, known issue, fix in the works

  • stang6790

    Is there a way to turn off the shutter sound in this app? I can't seem to find one.

    • Jose Torres

      I think it's a matter of lowering the accessory volume all the way down to 0, then you won't hear a thing. Peeping toms REJOICE!

  • Simon Belmont

    Interesting. Can it do HDR on the Galaxy Nexus (yes, I read in the article that it can do HDR, but I'm asking about the G'Nex specifically)?

    I would imagine yes if it's just using software to composite the pictures. Cool stuff.

  • Ixil

    It kinda surprised me when I saw Team BBQ. Just surprised me, that's all. I'll have to say Thanks for bringing it back.

  • beboo

    i have LG Optimus 4X HD p880 android 4.1.2 i install focal and it didn't work at all it force close

  • StankyChikin

    Should rename it to the "I took my ball and ran home" Camera.

    • StankyChikin

      Only 4 down votes? Come on people.. You can do better than that!!

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  • SiJia Ke

    looks like still need some work on galaxy s4. still crash on my s4

  • http://www.davehenning.net/ DaveH

    Is GPS locations for photos working for anyone else?

  • ElfirBFG

    Only compatible with my old phone, the Atrix. Neither the RAZR or SH06D can run it. :/ (I understand the Sharp because it is stuck on 4.0.4 for life)

  • sounder

    It's a buggy beta on my sammy s3.

    • Jadephyre

      It's clearly labeled as Beta, and software at that level of development is not labeled as fully functional for a variety of reasons.

  • Ian

    Any way to turn off the shutter sound?

  • Rockygardon

    Ang panhet ng Camela 360

  • Rockygardon

    ang ganda ng RETRICA

  • Rockygardon

    Fuck The ALL Hater's ,i.