Owners of other Sony Xperia smartphones need not crave for the latest flagship, at least as far as the camera is concerned. An unofficial port of the Camera app on the Xperia Z2 is now available for other Sony’s devices to install.
Except for the size, the Xperia Z2 is somewhat similar to the slightly older Xperia Z1. The megapixel count on both smartphones is the same, clocking at 20.7 megapixels. The more recent phablet, however, boasts of a few more features when it comes to the camera app. Thanks to XDA member xperiaz2, those features can be used on other devices as well.
The app itself was actually extracted from a firmware dump of the Xperia Z2 that was earlier provided by DooMLoRD, one of the more prominent XDA developers when it comes to the Xperia line. Features that users of those devices will be getting include background defocus, augmented reality effects, creative filters, and more.
The feature set and device compatibility, however, isn’t exactly straightforward. There are specific Android version requirements for different features. The Social Camera Addons Creative Effects work on those running Android 4.3 and higher only. The AR effect, on the other hand, goes back to older versions, starting from Android 4.1. The background effect, however, is only for those Xperia smartphones running Jelly Bean and KitKat but also have Smart Social Camera already installed.