Last update: July 29, 2022 at 17:56 UTC+02:00
It turns out Samsung’s flagship phones, like the Galaxy S22, offer better support for third-party camera app developers than Google does with its own Pixel phones. Even though Google encourages camera app developers to use the CameraX Jetpack librarysmartphones from Google and other Android OEMs do not support this standard.
This confusing piece of information was recently highlighted in the CameraXInfo app by @Wander1236. The app revealed that Google’s Pixel, and even the OnePlus 10 Pro, doesn’t support CameraX extensions. (Going through @MaxWinebach)
Samsung offers better CameraX support than Google
While Google doesn’t live up to its own standards, Samsung has exceeded expectations. As Max Weinbach discovered using the CameraXInfo app, Samsung is setting an example for other OEMs to follow.
Thanks to Samsung, on the Galaxy S22, third-party app camera app developers have native access to all extensions (Auto, Bokeh, HDR, Night, Face Retouch) and can access all three sensors through a single camera logic.
This probably explains why the Galaxy S22 can offer native camera support in apps like Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat. Samsung will hopefully add that luxury to more Galaxy smartphones and ranges. Either way, the Korean tech giant is once again the OEM to watch, as it already does a better job than Google and other Android brands.
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