Listed below are all proven builds of ported Google Camera (gcam) app for Xiaomi Redmi 5A codename Riva. Choose the one compatible with the Android version running on your phone: Android 7.1 Nougat, 8.1 Oreo, or 9.0 Pie.
Redmi 5A is a budget phone initially released with MIUI 9 which is based on Android 7.1 Nougat. Currently, it receives MIUI 10 update but it is still based on Nougat build.
Thanks to the rapid development of third-party Android communities, the phone now receives many custom ROMs based on either Android 8.1 Oreo or 9.0 Pie.
Check following posts:
- Install Resurrection Remix OS Android 9.0 Pie on Redmi 5A.
- Pixel Experience Android 8.1 Oreo for Redmi 5A.
- Install Pixel Experience Android 9.0 Pie on Redmi 5A.
Google Camera is a popular app that makes Google Pixel phone popular. It is the official flagship phone by Google, the one behind Android. Despite the latest Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have no dual camera setup, both devices are popular for its mobile photography support. Again, the high-end technology planted within its camera app beat all other Android phones with multiple cameras.
The power of the software spread fast. There are some developers who have managed to port the original Gcam app. They take the official Gcam app from Google Pixel, modify it, and share it for public use. Arnova, CStark, BSG, Arthur, and San1ty are just a few of developers who have succeed porting the app.
Thanks to their restless efforts, the popular Gcam app is now available for Android devices other than Pixel, including Redmi 5A.
Some believe that ported Gcam builds are compatible only on devices powered with high-end chipset. Well, that’s not true.
Redmi 5A sports Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 with 1.4GHz Quad Core Cortex-A53 CPUs. It’s a Qualcomm SoC after all and gcam can run on such chipset.
Download Gcam APK
You can download the APK file to install ported gcam on Redmi 5A from the links below. Please choose the one based on Android version running on your phone.
If your phone runs MIUI ROM, then it must be Android 7.1 Nougat (most likely, unless it gets newer update).
Custom ROM users need to check the Android version at first. Downloading the inappropriate will not make your device bricked. However, it may not work flawlessly.
Deciding which APK to use is not an easy task. There are so many builds of ported gcam. Not all of them are ready to use out of the box. Some of them need manual settings and adjustment.
We have picked up for you all compatible gcam builds that require no further adjustment or no recommended settings. Just download, install, and use it. Nevertheless, you must pick the one based on your Android version.
Gcam for Redmi 5A on Android 7.1 Nougat
If your phone runs MIUI, most-likely you will need this build.
Gcam for Redmi 5A on Android 8.1 Oreo
Either you use a custom ROM or an MIUI version that has been updated to Oreo, you can use one of two builds available below.
Scrubber Gcam APK
Arnova8G2 Gcam APK
Included features: Portrait mode, Lens blur, Panorama, Photo Sphere, Slow Motion, HDR+ Enhanced.
Gcam for Redmi 5A on Android 9.0 Pie
The one available build is ported gcam that we have tested being compatible with Redmi 5A running custom Android ROM based on 9.0 Pie. Pixel Experience ROM is perfect for this build.
Thanks to Arnova for this modded gcam.
Included features: Portrait mode, Lens blur, Panorama, Photo Sphere, Slow Motion, HDR+ Enhanced, and Night Sight.
Night Sight is an exclusive feature available within Pixel 3 release (initially). It is a feature that allows users to capture decent photos in a very dark environment.
How to Install?
Installing ported gcam is just like installing any other third-party apps’ apk files. However, ported gcam app needs Camera2 API being enabled.
Android Camera2 is an API that gives third-party camera app developers better access to more advanced controls of the camera sensor, such as manual exposure (ISO, shutter speed), focus, RAW capture etc.
Google Camera has lot more advanced features and inevitably it needs access to Camera2 API.
Enabling Camera2 API doesn’t necessarily need root. However, unlocked bootloader is a must.