This post was last updated on April 28th, 2020 at 09:21 pm
Recently Google has made many Go Edition apps for Android Go phones which are actually striped down versions of the actual apps. The Google Camera Go (or) GCam Go app is such a striped down variant of the very popularly available Google Camera APK.
Google Camera app is a very powerful camera application with loads of features only available for Google Pixel phones. But, many developers have ported the GCam apk and made it work for more than 100s of devices.
The advanced features of original Google Camera’s algorithms require a lot of computing resources such as huge RAM, processing and storage that is not a perfect fit for Android Go edition phones. Introducing the Camera Go app that provides only a few basic feature such as Portrait Mode of the original app as of now.
What are the Features Available on Camera Go APK?
Edit 1: (16th April 2020)
The stock Camera Go APK is ported by many developers in one day of its popularity. The ported app is named as Google Camera Go or GCam Go APK, which is available with HDR, 10x Zoom and now works on Android 8 and later versions.
As I have already said that the stock Camera Go app is a striped down version of the actual GCam, which has a lot of features such as, Night Sight, Astrophotography, Portrait mode, photo sphere, super res zoom, and many more.
On the contrary the Camera Go APK has just the Portrait mode, Face Enhance, and the Google Translate as of now. Yes, the Translate feature that is otherwise a part of the Google Lens, is also now integrated to the Camera Go app.
But, this striped down variant of Google Camera Go APK has some features as listed below, that is unique to this app and is a perfect fit for the Android Go devices.
- Number of photos you can take.
In the photo Mode, it shows how many photos you can take with respect to the current storage space left on the phone.
- Number of minutes you can record video.
In the Video Mode, it shows for how long you can record video with respect to the current storage space left on the phone.
- Integrated Google Translate.
Usually the Google Translate is available in the Google Lens. Integrating the Translate in the Camera Go app is a sign that the actual Lens app will not be made for Go devices.
- Most importantly, works flawless on Android phones with low end processor.
Should I Install Camera Go or Google Camera APK?
Well, if the GCam APK is available for your phone then there is no question of doubt in anyway. You can always search your device in the following list of available GCam APK.
If any GCam port is not available, you can just install this app to get basic features mentioned above.
If your phone has a slow processor such as anything in the Snapdragon 400 variant, or some older Mediatek chipsets, then ideally your phone will not see any latest Google Camera version.
In this case, either you can try some older GCam versions available which is still better than Camera Go APK.
Where to Download Camera Go APK?
Below is a direct link to download the Google Camera Go APK initial version. Once other versions of the app are available, will be added below.
Camera Go v2 by Parrot043 (with HDR+ and 10x Zoom)
GCam Go v1 by Greatness (with HDR+)
Stock Camera Go v1.0 Download
How to Install Camera Go on Android?
- Download the Camera Go APK file from the above download link(s).
- To install apps from a third-party app other than Play Store you need to enable app installation from Unknown Sources on your Android device.
For Android 10 version, enable Install Unknown Apps from the app from which you are going to install the Google Camera Go APK.
For example: if you have downloaded the Google Camera Go apk file on Google chrome or firefox browser on your phone. Or you have downloaded and copied the apk file to the file browser and you want to install it from there.
Go to Settings > Apps & notifications > Open the app (Chrome, Firefox or file manager app etc) > Install unknown apps and enable Allow from this source
See the below screenshots that enables to install unknown apps on Pie for Chrome app (you need to enable on the app from where you want to install the apk):
- Once enabled, click on the downloaded app to install.
- Once installed you can open the app and enjoy the Google Camera Go APK on your Android phone.
In my opinion, many GCam APK ports are already working on many low end devices. It is true that most of the new features require very high processing, but even the features available on older GCam ports are better than the striped down variant of this Camera Goo application which is primarily built by keeping the Android Go devices in mind.
Signing off this article right here with this conclusion. In case of any doubt you can always leave a comment here so that I can guide you further.