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Download: Camera APK From Android 4.2 For Galaxy Nexus [Photo Sphere Included]

These developers remind me somewhat of Santa Claus. Yesterday, we were treated to an early build of the Swype-like keyboard from Android 4.2, and now, we have the official camera APK as well. After having it installed for only about 5 minutes, I can already say it’s a huge improvement over the last variations and I already know I’m going to completely fall in love with Photo Sphere. But enough talk, let’s get to installing it on your device. 

Firstly, this zip is only available for Galaxy Nexus phones that are rooted. All others need not apply. Sorry. If you’re packing a rooted G-Nex with a custom recovery installed, follow the instructions below. Also, some people are reporting bugs with Photo Sphere – mine worked fine, but just know that there are issues for some.


1.  Download the 4.2Camera.zip (mirror) file.
2.  Place the zip file on the root of your phone’s storage.
3.  Reboot into your recovery.
4.  Just in case, make a backup.
5.  Flash the 4.2Camera.zip file. (No need to wipe anything)
6.  Once installed, reboot your phone.
7.  Lastly, enjoy it!


Via: XDA

Cheers everyone who sent this in!

  • Mustafa Gamal

    not working with nexus s 🙁

  • Jay

    Hi has anyone got a non rooted version please as i really want it without rooting my device

  • Jay

    is there are no rooted version please!!!

  • anagrama

    thanks!!! worked perfectly on my Galaxy S3 running the Triune 2 ROM

  • Daniel Roberts

    Worked okay at first. Now whenever I take a picture, the camera is frozen on that image and gives a notification that the application is not responding. I close the camera app and try to open but it gives a “Camera Error: Can’t connect to the camera”. Anybody have a solution?

    Verizon GS3 rooted with CM10.0.0 (stable)

  • cyee1988

    hi there everything work perfect on my galaxy s3 including the tiny world. But several bug that i cant set custom wallpaper from my gallery onto my lock screen ….. please help:)and also i lost the voice command like “shoot” on my s3

  • Cedric Page

    I keep getting installation aborted….any help here?

  • eazyean1

    So I can’t be on a ROM and get this?

  • If you are having force closes issues after flashing the apps, the solution came from this comment section, but i managed to solve more than just Camera and Galery Crashes in case you are going to flash all apps.


  • DRaY

    anyone tried this on a GS3 thats still on the stock ROM??? Ill try it when i get home later today… Just asking?? …. By the way what’s the best/most stable ROM for GS3??

  • LebonF

    Does anyone have force closes when clicking on edit/crop?

  • Michael G

    I have the force close problem when I try to use the photo sphere option. I’ve tried Root Explorer, ES File Explorer with r/w checked and when that didn’t work I just hooked my Nexus up to my computer and went straight into the root to change the file name and it still won’t let me. Almost like the file itself is read only but it’s not checked. Any suggestions?

  • maxnicks

    This Works Excellent On My GNex. Thanks!

  • cray_z_eyez

    if you have FC issues (login, google play services etc) delete the .odex file assosiated with it. I deleted gmsCore, gallarygoogle, and googleEars and it stopped giving me errors and everything works including the photo sphere viewer.

  • tracker

    does this work on ICS 4.0?

  • Everything works great!! Is everyone missing the option to share to google maps?

  • Ryan5609

    The app and the gallery are working on my VZW Gnex with the latest BB ROM. But does anyone else get a crash when they tap on either of the icons on the bottom left and right when viewing the photosphere picture? I am not sure what the icons do, but I am sure they do something useful.

  • Ryan5609

    Kind of a noob question, but how do you flash the apk from ClockworkMod? I put the file in the root directory, but how do I go about flashing it? Sorry I have only ever flashed ROM’s from the SD card. Thanks

  • PyroHoltz

    Updated version from the XDA guys, fixes all the issues I was having with edit not working and FC.



    • Thank you! I’m on BB 4.1.1. Franco r298. App would crash when trying to do the orb view thing. Flashed that apk in recovery and now it works. THANKS!!! 😀

    • David Cosme Jr.

      This worked perfectly – and got the bonus of the new keyboard! Thanks!

  • Hetal

    does this work on ICS 4.0?

  • DanSan

    lol now i have 2 camera apps and 2 gallery’s. easy to tell which camera to freeze but the gallery might be a different story

    • DanSan

      nvm. freezed Gallery2.apk and it took away both the camera and camera. golden now.

  • James Richardson

    I can confirm this works on the Verizon Galaxy S3. I am running stock rooted. All I had to do was unpack the zip file and find the “app” and “lib” folders. Remount /system as R/W and then push the apk file to /system/app/ and the two lib files to /system/lib/ then reboot. Phone locked up on first reboot but after second reboot it works like a charm.

  • xxdesmus

    How is this different from Microsoft’s Photosynth stuff?

  • Can someone help me get 4.2 camera on my Gnex I tried and its not working for me im running BB 4.1.2 10/31/12 Build date….

  • Michael G

    Interesting. I tried it out a couple of times and it didn’t work as well as the video. I’ll read up on the technique and maybe get some better results. Love how innovative Google is becoming. I can’t wait to see what the next few years will bring.

  • finally
  • Jeff “Big Red”

    So I see the new camera app but when I try to open it. I get the error message unfortunately, gallery has stopped. Any idea’s how to fix this?

    • kniceguy

      I’m having same problem, haven’t figured out any fix yet.

  • Dylan Marck

    BTW, Droid Life, I fixed the Sphere Viewer thing. Be sure to actually credit me this time. The apk link is at the original source at AC.

  • lumpysherman

    FRAK, flashed with CWM and still have my original stock camera.
    GNex 4.1.2 Bugless Beast

  • Carlton Crasher

    Confirmed Working on Touchwiz CleanRom 3.1 VZW Galaxy SIII***

  • Just had to change the apk file name and it worked like a charm!!
    Galaxy Nexus Rooted Stock ROM

  • guest

    I downloaded it everything works except sphere says device not supported running rooted gnex???

  • bdveteran18

    Confirmed working on my rooted GS 3 for T-Mobile

  • ddevito

    DL: you guys should’ve told us this hoses the Gallery app. Restoring my backups. Not cool