The presentation of Google Pixel and Pixel XL and later their sequels, has in a sense redefined the basics of mobile photography, because the experience provided by the photographic sector is defined really excellent especially from the software side that thanks to the HDR + mode and portrait mode expresses its excellence.
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La developer community has immediately put to work churning out a series of modified APKs able to work on various devices in a more or less satisfying way, giving new freshness to devices even now defined as dated. Naturally, the installation operation included especially for Xiaomi devices, the unlocking the bootloader and installing one recovery TWRP, enabling the ROOT on your terminal, if applicable edit the build.prop file for enabling the CAM2API and then installing the modified APK.
in short a procedure not entirely within reach for the least freak that so they often gave up the installation of the Google Camera on their smartphones. However, Xiaomi Mi A1 owners have a further possibility that will allow them to try out the Google Camera experience and related features on your device without having to unlock the Bootloader nor to enable ROOT.
This method also it does not affect Google Safety by allowing you to continue installing official OTA updates on your Xiaomi Mi A1. I state that I personally could not test the actual operation of the methods that I am presenting, as I am no longer owner of Mi A1, but doing some research on the network the responses of the case seem to be all positive.
BEFORE PROCEEDING WITH YOUR GUIDE, MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DISABLED ON YOUR PHONE ANY BLOCKING STOCK, LIKE SIM PIN, DEVICE PIN, ETC DIGITAL FOOTPRINT. OTHERWISE YOU CAN REMAIN BLOCKED IN FASTBOOT MODE, CAN BE REJECTED BY RENEWING THE PHONE.
First you need to go to the address shown below to download the file in zip format that will serve our mission, directly from the PC.
Once you have downloaded the file you need to unzip it.
Make sure that Developer Options are enabled on your Mi A1, through which you will need to enable OEM unlocking and USB debugging.
Connect your Mi A1 to the PC via the supplied USB cable at this point.
Go to the previously unzipped folder on your PC and start the GCam Mi A1.exe file contained inside as Administrator.
From the window that will open install the drivers first and then click on Install GCam.
If the USB AX debug confirmation request appears on your Mi A1, OK.
At this point the program will do everything automatically, starting the device in fastboot and then in TWRP, finally restarting the A1.
The best settings for the Google Camera are to enable the Portrait Mode, Use ZSL and HDR + image quality to 100%, through the advanced options found in the setting of the Google Camera app that will work perfectly except for the SLOW MOTION function . It is advisable to also enable the entries Improve photos low light and Show dirty lens warning. Let us know in the comments if the guide was useful.