How to Get Pixel 2 AI Based Portrait Mode on Any Android Device?

Google Pixel 2 snatched away the Best Camera Smartphone rights in 2017, offering portrait modes that beat every other smartphone out there, and that too, with just a single rear-camera set up. How was it able to do that?

Hardware wise, Pixel 2 supports a 12.2 MP rear camera having a f/1.8 aperture, 27mm, 1/2.6″, 1.4 µm, with Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, and dual-LED flash.

So, its evident that it is using its artificial intelligence to process the images taken with the camera via software. Google applied their best technology inside Pixel to make it a compelling camera phone.

So, as it is something not hardware based, so you might wonder, can’t it be ported out to other Android devices as well?

Luckily for you, XDA Senior Member Arnova8G2 has worked on an existing Google Camera Port to bring in the portrait mode for some Android Devices. As of now, it runs on the following devices after they are upgraded to Android Oreo ROM.

  • Mi 5 / Mi 5S
  • OnePlus 3 / OnePlus 3T
  • Moto G5S Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8

If you own any of the following devices, then you have a good luck today. You can go on and download the camera mod below.

Download Google Pixel 2 Camera Mod. (37MB)

Please note that you can only install the app if you are on Android Oreo.

Here is a sample image for you. Check out the differences you can expect:

How to Get Pixel 2 AI Based Portrait Mode on Any Android Device?

Taken with OnePlus 3T Regular Camera

This picture above is taken with OnePlus 3T Camera with Regular Camera. And check out the image below.

How to Get Pixel 2 AI Based Portrait Mode on Any Android Device?

Taken with Google Camera Port

Some differences are evident easily.

Because Google applies pure software technology in resolving the images to fine tune it, the Google Camera Port can apply the same magic to all the supported devices.

And that is precisely what happens in this case.

Before comparing the pics, let me state the OnePlus 3T Camera. It supports a 16 MP (f/2.0, 1/2.8″, 1.12 µm) with phase detection autofocus, OIS and LED flash.

Now, look at the images above.

What you will notice in the very beginning is that OnePlus 3T standard camera is far better at color reproduction. The picture is well-lit. But, the flower is over-saturated.

On the other hand, on the Google Pixel 2 port camera, the color is mild, and the main noticeable thing is the background blur.

Yes, the default camera also did a background blurring, but it is far advanced in the Pixel modded camera.

To notice it better, look at the flower tree behind the one in focus.

Okay here’s another in low-light.

How to Get Pixel 2 AI Based Portrait Mode on Any Android Device?

Taken with OnePlus 3T Normal Camera

This is taken with the regular camera app on OnePlus 3T. Now check out the below image taken with the Pixel 2 Camera Mod.

How to Get Pixel 2 AI Based Portrait Mode on Any Android Device?

Taken with Google Pixel 2 Mod

If you compare these pictures, you will notice that there is not much difference between the two in low-light conditions. But Google Pixel Image algorithm helps this photo a bit.

So, no matter what the hardware is, the software does play a magical role in making the images stand out.

Judge for yourself. Download the Pixel 2 Camera Apk for other devices.

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