This is how much you consider GCam ports when buying a phone

The Google Pixel 6 in an alley with the camera app

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The Google Camera app adds a ton of cool features to Pixel phones. It has also been unofficially ported to other devices and has modified versions that continue to circulate with features you only get on Google’s phones. That’s why we wanted to know how important the app is to you when you buy a new phone. Are you considering it before picking up a new device? This is how you voted in our poll.

Do you consider Gcam ports when buying a new phone?


Our poll shows that our readers are divided when it comes to the Google Camera app. GCam is one of many important considerations for a majority of respondents (26.9%) when buying a smartphone.

Meanwhile, a whopping 24.8% of voters think the app is a good thing to have, but not a must.

20.8% of our pollsters don’t care at all about Google’s camera app. It’s not surprising considering that it currently has a rating of 2.2 on the Google Play Store with over 450.00 reviews.

Interestingly, 14.9% of respondents were Pixel users. This means that they already have the official version of the Google Camera app on their phone.

Only 12.6% of our readers voted to say GCam ports are essential to them and their top consideration when buying a phone.

Your reactions

Leif Shantz: I never really cared much about it, I just use the camera app preloaded on the phone.

thesecondsight: Motorola and OnePlus budget phones have plenty of cameras. However, Gcam pushes the camera hardware on both devices to the limit. It’s a game-changer for those who want a phone that produces great photos and doesn’t break the bank.

roaduardo: Smartphone cameras today are super duper enough for everyday use. Smartphone camera quality (for still images) hasn’t been something I need to worry about for years. Mobile video photography, on the other hand, on Android devices, still has a long way to go to catch up with Apple (Samsung is the closest).

Niky Tamayo: It’s sometimes better than the stock app in terms of color, but I prefer to use pro mode and fix things in the mail if they need fixing. Anyway, I tend to pick phones based on camera quality, and phones that focus on that tend to have very good stock apps.

mattc: How does Gcam get better than the software made by the phone manufacturer?

Peter Balga: Just waiting for an Exynos S22 Ultra, does anyone know if there is a working GCam app? Coming from a Pixel device I worry about the shutter speed, the Samsung camera app always seems to struggle with moving objects.

No: My s20 crashes immediately when I try to open a game port

Albin: I’m lucky that my current Moto (my first Level 3 Camera2-compatible, compare Pixel 3) phone supports several GCams, and I got a good tip early on. I like “manual” style apps when I’m feeling “creative”, but I can’t beat GCam for easy point and click, especially when there’s not much to see on a sunny screen. The HDR+ is astonishingly fast for handhelds and produces better details, even up to 3x or so digital zoom, than a single shot.

I’ve come to love camera mods over a decade ago with Canon Powershot CHDK, what I must say is a much more organized and coherent project organization than GCam, with a single website, detailed user guides and a thorough collaborative development and beta testing process to build builds. really effectively covering the plethora of Powershot camera models. Much easier to find out if there is a working CHDK for the model, compared to the freelancing collection of independent GCam developers, kind of herd of cats in comparison. Good luck finding out if a new phone supports it.

Ahmad Danish: I used Gcam on my phone, but when I compare it to the stock camera, I really see a huge difference in detail. Gcam is about 2MB while my stock cam is always 6+MB so I decide not to use Gcam anymore. My phone is Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

David: I have a Xiaomi mi 10t 5g and the stock camera app is great, I never thought of changing it.

Japes: At first I thought wtf are Gcam ports. Is this a new hole in the phone… But then I realized Google cam. Haha no, I’ve looked into it, but it’s definitely not a consideration when upgrading to a new phone.

Dani: I’ve used it from Huawei so far and there is no GCam. The built-in camera is great for any occasion.

Lcd1701: This never made sense to me, and it’s always just Gcam ports that are mostly mentioned. I don’t really see any articles about Samsung’s or any other company’s cam ports. Using software not intended for your phone is asking for trouble.

duckofdeath: Google’s spambots would fill the internet with promotions this year. I suspect there are more ads going on in comment sections on the web these days than in articles. Get fake interactions with people who think they are arguing with people and you let them talk about things you want to sell them.


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