A Snapdragon 625 CPU and an Adreno 506 GPU for fast processing
A generous 64GB of internal memory and 4GB RAM
A full-HD 5.5” IPS display
A reliable 3,000mAh battery (which may last up to 48 hours on one full charge)
Without a doubt, the Mi A1 punches above its weight – given its price point. Add a well-performing camera onto that, and you will be onto a winner.
What to Expect from Google Camera HDR+
The Google camera works on many Android phones (those sporting Snapdragon processors, mainly). Users get to experience features, such as:
RAW support, which helps your camera to record high-quality photos
Full HDR+ customization: you can now access the algorithm settings
Zero Shutter Lag (ZSL) support
That said; the app leaves out several expected options from its UI. For instance, settings for OSD and FSP are a no-show. The same goes for high-frame rates. What remains are the options for stabilization, resolution, and panorama.
In essence, with this app, Google seems to be nudging users to auto mode. Those that demand full control over their shooters may undoubtedly frown at it. Still, casual users get the chance to generate gorgeous photos.
HDR+ works by continuously recording image data. And that is why you may notice a slight delay when you press the capture button.
During the processing, HDR+ samples several frames to create a composite image. The result is a photo that contains details of both dark and light areas.
How to Install a *Working* Google Camera
The installation will not work if you do not have root access on your Mi A1. If it does not, head on to this excellent guide here to see how to root.
If there are other installations of the Google camera on your device, you will have to clear their data first. Their settings may interfere with the operation of the new app.
With that out of the way, it’s time to make a few changes to your system files.
Use (or download) a file explorer that can navigate into Mi A1’s system folders. An app like Root Explorer, for example, will do.
Open the explorer and grant it superuser access
Navigate to the “system” folder
Change permissions from read-only (r/o) to read-write (r/w). For this, select the “Mount R/W” at the top of the explorer
Scroll to the file named “build.prop”. Then long press it to show an option to open it in a text editor.
At the bottom end of the file, insert these two properties: