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After Dramatically Exiting CyanogenMod, Focal is Now Available on Google Play

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Shortly after CyanogenMod turned into Cyanogen Inc. last week, the camera app that had recently been incorporated into its code – called Focalwas removed with almost zero chance that it would ever return. (Oh, drama.) Thankfully (I think), the project will continue to live on through Google Play, currently in beta form for free.

For those not familiar with Focal, you’ll find an app that is fully-featured (assuming all of the features work on your phone) using a UI that requires gestures to bring up menus and other options. Things like burst mode, PhotoSphere, Panorama, and a number of manual settings can all be found. It’s certainly a choice, if you aren’t satisfied with your phone’s current camera app, just expect there to be issues for now. Again, it’s a beta.

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  • A Black UI is the best UI

    Good, I hope cyanogenmod dies in a fire.

  • Joe

    How do I save photos to SD card automatically? Can’t find it in settings.

  • mec

    will this permit photospheres on moto x?

  • I hope this project will be successful and become developed. This is a development that awaited me. I’m going to support them in this way

    • cocoman135

      Donate version. Already did.

  • tharealoc

    Does this help the quality of the Moto X at all?

  • Liderc

    Like others, I never felt the need to change from stock. Point of my camera is to take pictures, not sure I need anything else unless it actually improves the shot.

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  • cgalyon

    Tried to get it today, but only works on 4.2 and up. My Note 2 is still on 4.1. 🙁 I thought Samsung was going to be updating the Note 2 (and S3) to 4.3 around the time of releasing the S4, but either I’m remembering wrong or they just haven’t done it yet. There are some 4.2 and 4.3 ROMs available for the Note 2, but they’ve got some bad bugs that have never been adequately resolved (e.g., GPS and Bluetooth problems).

    • Silver Veloz

      Just installed on my Droid Bionic (4.1.2). Played with it for a minute. Seems to be working.

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    • CraigBoyte

      It works on my Note 2, although I am running Jelly Bean’s rom which is on 4.1.2

      • cgalyon

        Not sure why I can’t get it. I’m using CleanROM 3.5 (kept getting Pandora and Bluetooth stuttering problems with one of the others, maybe JellyBean’s). I’ll try again. It didn’t show up in the Playstore for me, and I honestly can’t remember now what happened when I went to the thread to get it. Maybe that’s where I saw people stating that you have to be running 4.2 to get it. Whatever the case, sounds like it’s worth trying again, thanks for the info!

  • Inquizitor

    I honestly don’t see the big deal about the stock camera app. I don’t think it’s standout, but I think it gets the job done perfectly fine and is certainly simpler and better than focal. That thing was an ugly, complicated mess.

    • micheal_471

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      was averaging $95 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that
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    • thelolotov

      Same here, I thought I was the only one who thought it was an ugly, overcomplicated solution to a problem that wasn’t really there in the first place.

    • Nathan Corachea

      the only thing that was interesting was the exposure ring

      • sean carey

        I just wanted photo sphere – it has crashed each time i try now too

    • mrjayviper

      too confusing for me. All I want is to point and shoot.

      • Inquizitor

        I assume you mean focal was too confusing?

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    • creed

      The only thing that interested me about focal was the picsphere. Other than that, it was a mess.

    • Risket

      I’m happy to see I’m not the only one. I hated Focal. As soon as it was announced that it was removed I rushed and updated to the most recent nightly. I’m so happy now that my lockscreen camera is the default Android camera app again.

  • ßen Murphy

    And it’s plagued with bugs and force closes. Just today, I’ve recieved 3 updates trying to fix them. But it does say beta…

    • S2556

      3 updates on one day is pretty good support though. At least they are working hard on it

      • Andrew Dodd

        Yup. Now that the licensing dispute is over, development has resumed. (Focal development was completely halted for the approximately 2 months of the licensing dispute – pretty much the entirety of its duration within CM.)

    • Steph Chi

      As you said in the last sentence, it’s beta … and free … and opensource ! So may users have to send their logs to dev to help ?

      • cocoman135

        ive donated. i want to see this app do good. as most of the Jelly Bean and ICS builds for my 2010 Moto Photon are camera Broken

  • grumpyfuzz

    Exciting* not exiting haha

    • Eric


      • Guest

        My bad, didn’t even read the article

    • Mike

      Nah, exiting is correct but it shouldn’t be capitalized.

      • PhoenixPath

        Always capitalize the first and last words of titles of publications regardless of their parts of speech. Capitalize other words within titles, including the short verb forms Is, Are, and Be.

        Do not capitalize little words within titles such as a, an, the, but, as, if, and, or, nor, or prepositions, regardless of their length.


        • Adrynalyne

          But…grammar is hard!

          • PhoenixPath

            Especially for this guy…

          • Stephen Cox

            For a second there, I thought that was a picture of Kelsey Grammer.

          • PhoenixPath

            Can’t tell if serious….

          • Stephen Cox

            Oh, I get it now. Very clever.

            Yeah, I’m slow.