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Focal Camera App Removed From CyanogenMod, Won’t Return Anytime Soon

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Back in July, CyanogenMod baked in a completely new camera application called Focal. Focal was a highly-customized and feature rich application, but over time, many of its bugs apparently became too much for users and the CM team to keep up with. To top it off, there seems to be some internal dispute between CM leads and Focal’s developer regarding new relicensing issues due to the incorporation of CM, but we won’t be getting into that. For now, and possibly the rest of time, Focal has been removed from CyanogenMod.

If you are a user of CyanogenMod enjoying Focal, you might be bummed by this news, but don’t be too sad. According to its developer, Focal will launch on Google Play as a standalone app for everyone’s use and even may team up with another custom ROM team.

Sad day?

Via: Reddit | +Guillaume Lesniak

  • A Black UI is the best UI

    It was too good for that sell out cyanogen inc anyway

  • creed

    I am a little naive as to why the google edition camera can’t be installed or incorporated into CM. I I have always liked the aosp camera and would love to have photosphere with it.

  • duke69111

    I disabled it on my g nexus.

  • starnovsky

    It’s not because of the bugs, it’s because Cyanogen Inc requested dev to change app licensing from GPL. See post from dev: https://plus.google.com/106978520009932034644/posts/L8FJkrcahPs

  • AndySamberg

    Happy Birthday to the ground!

  • chris420o

    but meh wasnt a fan of it…while it looked cool i honestly dont need any more then the stock camera offers for what i use my cam for…nudies!

    • SelfieBob


  • chris420o

    i cant rem the last time i flashed cyanogenmod on my phone…carbon is my fav rom ive used…besides project elite back int he day :)..oh gotta give love to liquid also

    • Weber

      I threw money at Carbon during my GNex days. They deserved it and more.

  • chaoslimits

    Cyanogen has remained beta status to me. AOSP roms, with cherry picks have always been better (especially Team Vanir’s stuff). With this and the JBQ/AOSP debacle, I wonder what the future holds for the community/hacker side of Android.

  • Tim242

    I can’t use CM. For some reason, it does not include screen mode selector on Samsung phones. That is a must, so I can tone down those colors. AOKP has it, but I use aTW based ROM for the features.

  • joe

    noticed it was missing in my carbon update from this morning

  • gregmr

    The Focal interface was fantastic, but the orientation was never correct and I had to rotate the pictures every time.

    • Derin Richardson

      Same here. I would take photos landscape-wise and it would sometimes render them in portrait orientation.

      Sometimes, it wouldn’t render my stills at all.

      • gregmr

        Sadly, this is still true in the Play Store version

  • ReturnOfTheMack

    I definitely understand his frustrations but honestly I never stuck with Focal, just ended up flashing the stock 4.3 camera and went back to that.

  • Ej McCarty

    Kellen what do you think the chances are of seeing custom roms on the Verizon moto x? I love the basically stock experience but I miss having the little things like custom toggles

    • ๏̯͡๏﴿

      That’s why I’m holding out on purchasing it. Android has evolved to the point where roms are no longer a must, but I’d still love to tinker with the software.

    • Mike

      I think the better question is why are you posting this here?

      • Bender Bending Rodriguez

        Better question is why does it matter to you?

      • Ej McCarty

        Because this had to do with a custom rom. And this made me miss having focal from my s4 douche.

        • Mike

          No the article has to deal with Focal, a camera app. It’s just annoying to see people always whining about cusom ROMs on their phone. If you are worried about it go make one yourself. Otherwise relax the thing was just unlocked a couple days ago, it could take months before anything makes it’s way onto it.

          • Ej McCarty

            I asked. I didn’t whin and be a little bitch like you obviously are. I wasn’t like OMG OMG OMG I can’t live without custom roms please come and save me from this hell mike. Its pretty obvious that you either a. live in your parents basement and are around 35 or b. someone who dropped out of college, masturbates themselves to sleep every night and has no life. If anyone is whinning it’s you. So how about you do everyone that knows you a favor and kill yourself, like I’m sure you’ve contemplated many times. No one would miss you. I promise.

          • Guest, y u no use disqus?

            The one whining here is you. Now go and change your diaper.

    • chris420o

      im waiting till nov moto maker verizon edition to buy one…hopefully by then itll out long enought to see if theres dev love

      • Ej McCarty

        I couldn’t wait haha. This was one of those phones I had to have right away. I’m sure it will get some dev love, but I really want the roms to maintain moto’s tweaks because I really like them and use them quite often. They definitely aren’t gimmicks like most other oem tweaks. Cough *samsung* cough. I think I used absolutely zero of their gimmicks when I had the s4. I don’t know if I could go back to a phone without active notifications.

  • Steve Ballmer

    Focal was never that good anyways. Snap Camera HDR is a good feature packed alternative to the AOSP one…and the HDR actually works fine.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Focal felt unfinished. Funny enough it worked better on my RAZR HD than my Nexus 7.

      I ended up flashing the Moto X/Ultra camera to my RAZR HD anyway. That worked even better than focal.

      Focal represents a very importan lesson to the CM team, it isn’t easy to make a good camera app. Now if Moto would hurry up and add +42 sat and +9 ex to the ClearPixel equipped devices apk we’d be set.

    • Ryan

      True, Focal is still in its infancy and still being developed (at least according to some other posts I’ve been reading). I haven’t had any issues myself with the app, but I only use it for small things when I need a quick picture. I haven’t ran into any bugs myself, aside from that, its a neat little app. The AOSP Camera always felt lacking somewhere, and Focal felt nice to use. So I do see potential success in the app in the future, and looking forward to see it released elsewhere.