Easiest way to install Google Pixel 3 Pixel 2 Camera App (GCAM) on ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M2 | No Root | No Development Options

Hey guys, Gautam here and today I will show how you can install Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 camera apps on Max Pro M2. In the previous article I showed you how to install google camera app (gcam) on Mi A1 running Android Pie and that too without losing data.

Installing Google Camera app is very easy on Max Pro M2. It is actually the easiest I have seen so far for a device. We don’t even have to enable developer options. As you can see camera2api support level is currently legacy. We need at least level 3 for Google camera app to work.

So, to enable camera2api we first need to go to fastboot mode. You can go to fastboot mode by pressing and holding the power and volume up buttons together. Keep holding the buttons until you see powered by android text on phone screen.

Once you are in fastboot, connect your phone to your computer. Now if you do not have adb drivers installed then first install the drivers. You can find the link to adb drivers in video description.

Once you download the drivers setup file, run it is as adminstrator. You should see the following window popup for installing adb drivers. It will first ask you to install ADB and Fastboot so type y and press enter. Next, it will ask you to install ADB system wide so again type y and press enter. ADB and fastboot is already installed on my computer so that is why it shows “nothing to be copied” but in your case it might show that 4 files are copied.

Next, it will ask for device drivers. You can easily check whether drivers are installed or not by going to settings then apps. Noe search for google. As you can see currently only chrome shows up on my computer. That means drivers are not installed. So, in the setup window, type y and press enter. Now you will get driver installation wizard. Click next to install drivers. Click finish to close the setup process. As you can see, windows driver package by google now shows up in apps. That means the drivers are installed.

Now open command prompt. Type fastboot space devices and press enter to make sure your phone is detected fine in fastboot mode. A serial number with fastboot text confirms that the phone is detected fine. 

Now type fastboot space oem space enable_camera_hal3 space true and press enter. Okay finished response means camera2api was enable successfully.

Now type fastboot space reboot to reboot the phone. Once the phone is booted, check camera2api status. Hardware support level should now be level 3 which Pixel’s camera app will work fine.

So, I have installed both Pixel 2 camera port and Pixel 3 camera port. Let’s start with Pixel 2’s camera port. Pixel 2’s camera app is working fine on Max pro M2. This is Arnova’s version 8. All links will be there in the video description. Normal camera is working fine, portrait mode is working and video recording is also working fine. Front camera is working fine too.

Pixel 3’s camera port is a hit and miss. Normal camera works fine. Portrait mode is also working fine. Video works fine too. But the main issue is that front camera is not working at all. The app crashes when you try to open front camera.

I will create a detailed comparison video between stock camera, pixel 2’s camera port and pixel 3’s camera port so make sure you are subscribed to our YouTube channel and notifications are turned on so that you are first to know when the comparison video is uploaded.

So, that’s all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by and I will see you guys in my next post.

Download Links:
  1. ADB Driver Installer - https://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2588979
  2. Google Camera Pixel 2 Port - https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/dev-arnova8G2/#apk500
  3. Google Camera Pixel 3 Port - https://www.celsoazevedo.com/files/android/google-camera/dev-arnova8G2/#apk411

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