How to Install Android 4.2 Camera on ICS and 4.1.x Devices

How to Install Android 4.2 Camera on ICS and 4.1.x Devices

We’ve seen how to install and use Android 4.2 keyboard on existing Android ICS devices. This separates Android from other platforms like iOS. Android’s flexibility allows developers to bring latest features to users faster than official upgrades. Now let’s look at how to get the new Android 4.2 camera to use the Photosphere feature on ICS and higher versions, except the latest 4.2.

All you need is a rooted Android ICS smartphone with a custom recovery installed.

Installing Android 4.2 Camera on ICS devices

The mod does not replace your stock camera app, but adds an additional camera. So even if the new camera app doesn’t work on your device, you can still use your existing camera to take photos. Let’s see how you can install the camera on your rooted ICS or 4.1.x Jelly Bean Android smartphone.

Note: The app can be installed on any device, but the Photosphere feature will only work if the device has a gyroscope.

Step 1: Go to this thread in XDA and download the latest flashable zip file of Android 4.2 camera, then save it on your computer.

How to Install Android 4.2 Camera on ICS and 4.1.x Devices

Step 2: Transfer the zip file to your Android SD card or internal storage, and reboot your device in recovery mode. Step 3: Flash the zip file after taking a Nandroid backup of your ROM. Clear device cache before installation. Step 4: Reboot your device after successfully flashing the file and wait for Android to optimize your apps for the new update.

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How to Install Android 4.2 Camera on ICS and 4.1.x Devices

You will now see both camera apps in your app drawer. The first one is the stock camera app you were using. The second one is the new Android 4.2 camera we just flashed. Ideally, the new Android 4.2 camera will work on your device, allowing you to start taking photos immediately.

To try Photosphere, switch using the camera menu. If you’re unfamiliar with how the new Android 4.2 camera works, watch this video explaining its features and how to access them.

Some users may encounter an error when accessing the new Photosphere feature. If this happens, you’ll need to wait for an update. Monitor the thread on XDA for updates.

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