Last updated: July 29th, 2022 at 17:56 UTC+02:00

It turns out that Samsung’s flagship phones, like the Galaxy S22, offer better support for third-party camera app developers than Google does with its own Pixel phones. Even though Google encourages camera app developers to use the CameraX Jetpack library, smartphones from Google and other Android OEMs don’t offer support for this standard.

This bit of puzzling information was highlighted recently in the CameraXInfo app by @Wander1236. The app has revealed that Google’s Pixel, and even the OnePlus 10 Pro, don’t support CameraX extensions. (via @MaxWinebach)

Samsung offers better CameraX support than Google

While Google is failing to meet its own standards, Samsung has exceeded expectations. As discovered by Max Weinbach using the CameraXInfo app, Samsung is setting an example for other OEMs to follow.

Thanks to Samsung, on the Galaxy S22, third-party app camera app developers have native access to all the extensions (Auto, Bokeh, HDR, Night, Face Retouch) and can access all three sensors through a single logical camera.

This probably explains why the Galaxy S22 can offer native camera support in apps like Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat. Samsung will hopefully add this luxury to more Galaxy smartphones and lineups. Either way, the Korean tech giant is once again the OEM to follow, as it’s already doing a better job than Google and other Android brands.

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