Yesterday Google listed the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One ‘Google Edition’ phones on Google Play Store. As soon as that happened, developers were able to pull some parts of the stock android from these phones. The Photosphere equipped camera app was one of them, which is now available for use with non-Nexus devices.
After the launch of Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the vanilla Android Kernel Source code for these devices were made public and android developer community took no time to tinker with the source code and bring some new gifts to the Android users. The ‘Nexus Edition’ camera app can now be downloaded from the web or installed directly from storage memory normally like any other app, without needing a rooted device.
Users who do not have a Nexus 4 or new Google Edition Phones from Samsung or HTC can now enjoy the features of the stock camera application such as Photosphere, which allows 360 degree panorama photography. Android Central was able to test it on Galaxy S4, HTC One, Sony Xperia SP, Tablet Z, and LG Optimus Vu without any problem. However, some device showed drop in image quality against the original camera app for the device. So, users should stick to their original camera app unless need for Photosphere fun arises.
The APK can be download from here : http://cdn.androidcentral.com/sites/androidcentral.com/files/articleimage/684/2012/11/GalleryGoogle.apk
Note from editor: Be careful while downloading and installing apps from outside the Google Play Store, it may be malicious software.