Download APK / Install Android 4.2 Camera / Gallery App On Galaxy Nexus 4.1.x Jelly Bean

Yesterday, we showed you some best features of what Google’s newly launched mobile operating system, the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean got, and placed one of the porting method of installing 4.2’s Gesture-based keyboard on running a device on Ice Cream Sandw2ich or newer. Excited I think, it was only a matter of time before more of the new firmware’s key features and exclusives were ported through to those owning older devices, and a day after, yet another leaked out?

Yes, talking about Android 4.2 camera and gallery with Photo Sphere which has been successfully ported to a Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean 4.1.1. Rooted Samsung Galaxy Nexus owners who wish to take advantage of the Android 4.2 camera, Photo Sphere feature included, thanks to the APK file that leaked and available for download.

Yesterday’s process of installation isn’t breathless, though modding and tinkering with an Android-powered device has gotten easier as developers cook up tools with one and two-click solutions, this particular port is of course the nest left to the seasoned modders.

Before you get into tinkering, Android 4.2’s biggest additions would be the Photo Sphere which allows users to take 360-degree Street View-like photos using the camera, and the functionality looks awesome and will specially appeal to those who love to snap photographs while traveling as it will allow viewers to completely immerse themselves in the photo.

Google has introduced a very cool new feature to create 360 panoramas in Android 4.2 called Photosphere and equipped into the LG Nexus 4 and Samsung Nexus 10 to taste the flavor, instead of heading over to purchase an iPad mini or iPad 4 which poses the similar functionality.

However, this feature is available right now as Android 4.2 still hasn’t been announced for the Galaxy Nexus. Those using a rooted Galaxy Nexus with custom recovery, here is how to get the Android 4.2 camera with Photo Sphere up and running right now.

Requirements are:

  • A Galaxy Nexus, running
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1
  • Root access

Notably, this is important that you must be aware of what you’re doing before you go ahead and mess up with your device. Don’t have touch in experiencing ort playing around with an Android, stay out of it. Don’t proceed!

Step 1: Download the require .apk files ( 4.2Camera.zip or  mirror)

Step 2: Place that downloaded .ZIP file onto the root of the phone’s storage space. Using an app like Root Explorer, navigate to the system/app folder and ensure permissions are set to RW-R-R.

Step 3: Reboot your Galaxy Nexus into Recovery mode

A member dmmarck at AndroidCentral, who is in fact responsible for the port, states you should not try to install it, rather if, you wish to remove the old camera/gallery, which should be labbled as Gallery2.apk.

This quick fix is all for those eager ones, which is some what not clear and if you wish to bring seamless usability of Android 4.2’s new perks, you must have wait for the official OTA update. Android community in the other hand have plenty of modders, tinkerers, so don’t be surprised to see more and more Android 4.2 features leaking over the coming days.

Google’s latest iteration of Nexus 4 is the very first smartphone to ship with Androd 4.2, the devices offers high-end features for a fraction of the price charged by rivalry handsets. We have to see how far it can showcase when it comes in terms of hardware and software.

What you feel about the process – installed APK files? But wait for the official Android ROM arrival. It’s just a matter of time, stay tuned!