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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!

  • UPDATE: Yes confirmed working on the S3. Works very well actually.

  • monkey082506

    Camera works fine on AOKP Milestone 1 (flashed with TWRP). However, when I use photosphere and hit the G+ cirlces on the bottom left or the World icon on the bottom right it force closes…

    • amosk


    • Chris Pinola

      those buttons actually activate the new “filters”, the one on the right is just a shortcut to the “tiny planet” effect. if you FC when you hit them, it usually means you don’t have the libjni_filtershow_filters.so file in your /system/lib directory. get it here: http://www.4shared.com/file/K5AKU0aJ/libjni_filtershow_filters.html

      then push it to /system/lib, chmod 644, reboot, and you should be good.

      • jofficus44

        Awesome! That totally fixed my issues – who needs instagram when you have all of these filters and photo fixing tools built right in?

      • Any links where I don’t have to sign up?

      • Sam G

        Can you explain the last line to a noob? Please type slowly.

        • Chris Pinola

          sure! i’m guessing you just flashed one of the zips? first off, you CAN do this all from your phone, but I think its easier if you connect to your computer via ADB (either USB or via the network will do). if you’ve never used ADB, there’s plenty of guides available and that’s kinda outside the scope of this/assumed you can get it to work (let me know if you can’t). open up a command prompt where you downloaded libjni_filtershow_filters.so (in windows if you hold down shift and right click in the folder where it resides, you can select “open command window here”). now type ‘adb devices’ (all commands are without the quotes of course) and hit enter, you should see one line of text underneath “list of devices attached”, if not, make sure your USB cable is connected and USB debugging is enabled on your phone. now do, in the following order:
          ‘adb remount’
          ‘adb push libjni_filtershow_filters.so /system/lib/’
          ‘adb shell’
          ‘chmod 644 /system/lib/libjni_filtershow_filters.so’
          ‘adb reboot’

          your phone should reboot and you should be all set

          • Sam G

            Perfect. Thanks a ton Chris.

          • Reallytho

            hi, i followed these instructions but i cant get passed chmod 644 /system/lib/libjni_filtershow_filters.so.could you please help? thanks

          • Chris Pinola

            what happens when you try to run it? have you verified that the file actually made it your lib directory?

          • Reallytho

            it says device not found…how can i verify this? sorry for the noob questions but we all gotta start somewhere lol, thanks

          • Chris Pinola

            but you didn’t get that error when you tried to do adb push or adb shell? it sounds like you’ve never used adb before and dont have the drivers installed. there’s a million tutorials on this, Google “galaxy nexus adb tutorials”

          • Reallytho

            hey thanks for the help, i flashed an updated file from xda and it works perfectly..thanks again.

          • Chris Pinola

            lol that works too, glad it works!

  • Flashed with PA 2.5 on VZE GNex and now I have 2 camera APKs. The new one works fine, though. 🙂

  • Booyah

    GNex developer support is amazing. This is why I don’t need a Nexus 4.

  • C-Law

    On bugless beast. Installed the one on xda with the fixed lib files. Editing is working great.

  • Alex Russo

    Gallery crashes when trying to view the 3d panorama

    • Justin Fosco

      Same here.. . Bummer

    • Brian Spearman

      Same, but I have it set to auto upload to G+, and I checked and you can view them just fine there 🙂

    • CodeToJoy


    • Mine was doing the same thing. just use ES explorer like the comments above suggest and change GalleryGoogle.apk to GalleryGoogle2.apk.

  • i tried it on my R2D2 already knowing it probably doesnt work. and well it didnt lol.

  • Bill Stebbins

    Working fine on my GS3 on CM10 also

  • Chris Malkiewicz

    Okay…Stupid question Got it working no problem… but now I have two cameras and two galleries. How do I delete the original?

    Disabled them for now.

    • Chris Pinola

      gotta remove (but backup somewhere safely first) /system/app/Gallery2.apk

      the 4.2 one should be /system/app/GalleryGoogle.apk

      oh, and then reboot!

      • Chris Malkiewicz

        @trogdor3222:disqus you are the man! Thanks for the help!

        • Chris Pinola

          glad i could help 🙂

  • David Larsen

    Anyone tried it on CodenameAndroid?

  • Chris Pinola

    guys you don’t necessarily HAVE to have a GNex to get this to work. I stayed up way too late last night with some folks from Android Central who were trying to get this working (and eventually did) and some were getting it to work on the GSIII among others. i’d recommend trying it the manual way, there’s way too many versions of this zip floating around. http://forums.androidcentral.com/verizon-galaxy-nexus-rooting-roms-hacks/220830-jelly-bean-4-2-camera-9.html#post2280885

  • Sirx

    What mean by “root of your phone storage”? Just “”, then?

    • Yep

    • asianrage

      Any location you can navigate to in CWR.

  • ArrowCool

    Worked for me on my VZW G-Nex running CM10m2.

    Gonna play with it some more this afternoon.

  • NorCalGuy

    Got the app working but can’t figure out how to end the picture

  • Anyone having issues with landscape to portrait transitions? it seems to not like that.

  • BrandonWhite116

    Nothing happens when its installed on Bugless Beast 4.1.2

    • Steve Benson

      For those on Bugless:

      After you flash in recovery, boot back up and go to system/app and rename Gallery2.apk to Gallery2.bak. Reboot and you’ll have the new camera and gallery.

      • You rule. Although, this appears to have broken SMS for me. Time to reboot!

  • On Bugless Beast 4.1.1. Flashed with CWM. Rebooted. Still the old camera.

    • Look at what Curtis posted above

    • Abgar Musayelyan

      Check Curtis’ fix posted below. Same issue with mine and it’s fixed now.

  • ksat

    Oh man – what I would do for a rooted GNex right now! My stock w/ unlocked bootloader is S.O.L. I guess!

  • i want this on my galaxy s3

  • Sphere works, but when it starts to stitch it FCs on Liquid Smooth.

  • working perfectly for me gnex aokp milestone 1 with twrp

  • I am following instruction #4 and making a backup, just in case… This back up seems like it is taking way longer everyother backup. I want Photo Sphere now!

  • rangleskov

    followed instructions and got nothing. Gnex with BB.

  • Steve Edholm

    What happened to the gallery shortcut? I am not a fan of that, but otherwise I really like it.

    • Just swipe right on the screen and you go into the gallery 😉

      • James Baranowski

        You can swipe pictures in the gallery up or down to delete them

  • Ian Roy

    I followed the post on androidcentral and it works like a champ for my GS3

  • Hunter

    Doesn’t appear to have changed anything on BuglessBeast 4.1.1….. anybody else get this working?

    Edit: Thanks to Curtis.

    Steps to get it working if nothing changed after flashing and rebooting:
    $adb shell
    #mount -o remount rw /system

    #cd system/app
    #mv Gallery2.apk Gallery2.apk.bak
    $adb reboot

    • Curtis

      I had the same issue. If you flash it and don’t see the new Camera app, go into /system/app and rename Gallery2.apk to Gallery2.apk.bak or something like that. If you reboot after that the OS will see the new Gallery (and Camera) app instead.

      • rangleskov

        that worked for me and i was having the same problem.

      • This worked for me on the latest BB. Thank you!

      • Hunter


      • Thanks for the tip! That worked for me too.

      • Jackson

        This worked on lte aokp 10 and twrp for me

      • misterwight

        Brilliant, thanks.

      • Adam

        I see there was a new BB build posted yesterday. Anyone know if this APK is included in the build?

        • rodney11ride

          no it is not included… my guess is that when the new official build is released he will update all that

      • Dale Spencer

        how do you rename the file? i tried doing it through “OI File Manager” and it said it couldnt be renamed.

        sorry for the noob question.

        EDIT: i used ES file manager and in “Root Settings” i enabled root explorer, up to root, and mount file system. then, navigating up to “gallery2.apk”, i was able to rename the file successfully.


        • I was having this issue as well. Good work.

        • Larizard

          Thank you! worked like a charm after i did this.

      • arthur

        for some reason it says it can’t rename file , any sugestions?

        • Nathan O’Donoghue

          Make sure you have the file system mounted in R/W mode (read/write), not just R/O (read only) mode. I had to toggle that in Root Explorer to get it to work.

      • Jason

        Worked like a charm…Thanks for the heads up

      • Havoc70

        Doesnt work i dont have a Gallery2 in the list

        • I had the same issue. Change the Gallery.apk to Gallery2.apk Or GalleryGoogle.apk to GalleryGoogle2.apk. Problem solved.

    • It doesn’t work for me here, installed, rebooted, same camera and gallery as before, also with bugless beast
      Edit.. that’s working for me, thanks Curtis

    • palomosan

      I think most people running a rom that’s AOSP should be ok after installing the app, the only thing is that now I have two camera apps

    • snowblind64

      I simply used root explorer to rename the gallery2.apk. This comes in handy if you’re away from your computer.

    • 4n1m4L
  • It works on my stock, rooted S3, photosphere part even. Edit: swiping to see my photosphere image yields no photos there for some reason.

  • G_nex_owner

    Just tested in confined space. It didn’t render very well.

  • Trevor-kai Craig

    This Camera is Awesome!!!!

  • Chronon7364

    Nice! Seems to have the occasional imperfections stitching the sphere, but otherwise runs great on the VZ GS3 (w/ CM10 Jelly Bean), nice and fast. Ever since Monday, on the software side of things, this is what I’ve been waiting for.

    • Chronon7364

      Actually, the photo sphere portion seems to works fine, but the standard camera function locks up the phone with the message: “Gallery isn’t responding”. Ah well.

  • Seems to lock up the camera after I take a photo on the GalaxyS3 (CM10). I have to reboot to use it again. Any suggestions?

  • unfortunately, gallery has stopped… (crash)

    • schmaltzy

      I read that you can’t view the Photo Sphere from the gallery, hence the FC. You have to upload it to G+ and view it from there. Try that.

      • Chris Pinola

        yeah that seems to work really well for me. also you could try sharing it to google maps, which I believe makes it publicly available (crowdsourcing street view? haha)

      • mgamerz

        Just ‘share to google+’ via the sharing button?

  • mannequins

    tested with verizon cm10 for kicks… nothing happened. whatevs.

    • mannequins


  • Abgar Musayelyan

    Did nothing but make my current camera software a bit buggy. Anyone else have trouble with team win recovery?

    • Jared Fulgham

      I am on TWRP and can’t get it to go either. I’m on Bugless Beast as well. Interesting…

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        Rename worked for me. Instructions are in the comments below.

        • Jared Fulgham

          Thanks. Got it!

      • I used Clockwork, had to rename Gallery2.apk but does work on BB

  • Teng Taing

    been following this since last night. Got this up and running and even have the filters working also. If gallery gives you a FC, go into your system/app folder and look for Gallery2.apk. You may need to rename it to .bak and reboot.

    • Mike Cox

      yup this worked, thanks

  • Everything works right? I know another one had some issues.

    Edit: Like the editor would force close and such.

  • Siggy

    Score! Thanks Kellen you did all the digging for me. The threads on XDA are getting muttled.

    • I’ll go ahead and steal that “thank you” 😛

    • Dmmarck

      They should use the original one from AC.

  • jnt

    I wonder if this will work on AOKP M1 on a GS3?

  • Matt

    Do I have to rename it update.zip

    • Just follow the instructions. No you don’t.

      • Matt

        Thanks Tim

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        Tim, what recovery did you use to flash? Twirp doesn’t seem to change anything after flashing.

        • I use Clockwork Recovery 🙂

        • Curtis

          Posted this above: If you flash it and don’t see the new Camera app, go into /system/app and rename Gallery2.apk to Gallery2.apk.bak or something like that. If you reboot after that the OS will see the new Gallery (and Camera) app instead.

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            Awesome, thanks for the reply. Will try now and report back!

          • Abgar Musayelyan

            Definitely fixed it. Thanks!

      • Abgar Musayelyan

        Tim can you please add Curtis’ fix posted below?
        It seems like a widespread issue and the fix works like a charm.

    • Sean Garland

      Nope! Just slap on your phone and boot into recover then select flash zip (just like you would a new rom) let it do it’s thing then you’ll be good to go!

  • Beautiful.

  • Brian Walker

    I knew it wouldn’t be long before they got Photo Sphere working. I installed the one that was hosted on Android Central yesterday, and have been using it in school today while taking notes. It’s a great camera. Now that it’s complete, I’ll be really satisfied. Rebooting now!

  • br_hermon

    Download it fast folks! Google put out a cease and desist on Android Police and their leaked 4.2 apps.

    • thanks! was going to wait till after lunch till i saw this.

    • Erik Cho

      I was going to wait to download it till I got home right up until I saw this. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Droidzilla

      Bad form, Google.

    • i understand why they would do that, they are serving up a leaked version that doesn’t represent the current version. not like they are suing them.

  • DanWazz

    Nice! Can’t wait to play with this.

  • Aaaahhhh talk about blue balls for us S3 users!! 😉

    • schmaltzy

      I know Kellex says it’s only for the G-Nex, but if it’s BASICALLY just an apk, how hard can it be to port to the S3?

      • Can confirm this works fine on AOKP on S3

  • sweet love

    This is why no matter what knocks there are with the G-Nex that I still make sweet sweet love with it.

    • Diablo81588

      Get a room.

      • Dave

        You mean ROM?

        • jvrcb17

          I like what you did there sir.

          • Guest

            That’s what she said….

          • Hakira

            That’s what she said.

    • palomosan

      It worked like a glove, thanks to all devs and DL.

  • Awesome.

  • jeffxallen

    I am hoping for an in depth video review.

  • Roshan John

    Feel like a noob, but this is basically for flashed devices right ? only able to do this if it’s rooted?

    • Correct. This is installed through custom recovery… you must have root to have custom recovery.

    • connor

      yes, you must be rooted with a custom recovery in order to flash this camera zip file. look into using the Wugfresh toolkit you want to get rooted.

  • Abgar Musayelyan

    Absolutely cannot wait to flash this.
    I was wishing I had this when I was taking pictures of the space shuttle endeavor yesterday.

  • zepfloyd

    It may be helpful to include for Galaxy Nexus only in the title…

    • razr user

      yeah, I got so excited I was already downloading the file from my phone before I realized it was only for Gnexus users. It’ll teach me to read before downloading anything from Droid-life again. (damn, I wanted photo sphere really badly)

      • mannequins

        UPDATE: working great on my cm10 verizon gs3! nice!

    • Guest

      Seems to work well on VZ GS3, rooted & unlocked, running CM10 JB.

      • Really? It crashed on my VZW GS3. Running the CM10 nightly from Monday.

      • Jarred Sutherland

        Works just fine on mine running CM10 as well.

      • Speedyrulz8

        I can also confirm woring on my SG3 ith CM10 as well.