Shortly after CyanogenMod turned into Cyanogen Inc. last week, the camera app that had recently been incorporated into its code – called Focal – was 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.
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. (more…)
If running the latest builds from CyanogenMod is your calling in life, then you will be ecstatic to find out that Team Douche has pushed Focal to the CM10.2 repositories. For those unfamiliar, Focal is first feature that the CM team unveiled for the project Nemesis, a modified camera app that brings the joys of AOSP, but with some extra goodies to make taking pictures a fun time. With the code now being pumped into all CM10.2 nightlies, anyone running the latest builds that are built off of Android 4.3, will be able to enjoy the new feature. (more…)