What is your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 running? More than likely, you’re still rocking Jelly Bean 4.1.2, which is already pretty outdated.
My grandma uses 4.1.2.
Seriously, Where the Heck Is the New 4.2.2 Update?
After being delayed over and over again by Samsung due to TouchWiz issues, we might be lucky if our Note 2s received Android 4.2.2 by November. So, if you were eagerly awaiting the new Photo Sphere camera and gallery, you’ll either have to wait a bit longer, or root and mod your device.
For an Even Bigger Slap in the Face…
A beta version of Jelly Bean 4.3 has been recently spotted running on Google Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, which, of course, has an even newer camera and gallery.
Get the Jelly Bean 4.3 Camera Now!
For us softModders, installing the 4.2 photo sphere camera was an easy task, but it required root. So, you’d think that in order to get the 4.3 camera, you’d also need root, but that’s not the case this time.
Somehow, developer A N D Y got his hands on 4.3 and ported the camera and gallery apps for us. He actually did it for the Galaxy Ace, but it works just fine on my Galaxy Note 2.
Step 1: Uninstall the 4.2 Camera & Gallery
If you’re rooted and have the 4.2 camera already installed, get rid of it. The 4.3 version won’t work if 4.2 is still on there.
Step 2: Enable Unknown Sources
Go to Settings -> Security and make sure Unknown sources is checked. This allows you to install third-party apps outside of Google Play. You can disable it again after you’re done if you want.
Step 3: Download & Install the APK
Now, just download the camera .apk directly from your device and follow the prompts to install like any other app.
Profit! You’ve Now Got the New 4.3 Camera & Gallery
The best thing about the updated camera app is that it sports a pie interface, which makes it easy to access settings such as exposure, timer, flash, HDR, etc. If you have Pie Control installed on your Note 2, you probably get how cool this feature is. You can either tap on the lower right icon to access the pie settings, or simply hold your finger anywhere on the screen.
Not only that, but the camera now comes with Photo Sphere and an updated way of accessing videos and panoramas. The gallery has also been revamped, with a larger and cleaner interface.
How to Remove the 4.3 Camera & Gallery
If you want to get rid of the updated camera and gallery, either because you don’t like it or find it buggy, simply uninstall the application as you would any other app.
What do you think of the new 4.3 camera?