With the launch of the Pixel phones, Google is trying out something different and that is feature exclusivity. This means that there are some features on the Pixel phones, such as Google Assistant and the camera app that won’t be available to non-Pixel phones as well, and this unfortunately includes Nexus handsets.
However that might no longer be the case. Developer @LlabTooFeR seems to have successfully managed to create a dump of the Pixel and Pixel XL’s system image, and the folks at XDA have also successfully managed to port the Google Camera app from that dump to work on devices running Android 7.0 Nougat. At this point in time that pretty much means Google’s Nexus devices.
According to the developers at XDA, they claim to have successfully managed to get the app running on Nexus devices like the Nexus 5X and the Nexus 6P. Now for the most part, the app still functions like Google’s camera app on Android, although there are some tweaks and changes that make it more useful for photographers who might need slightly more advanced controls.
If you’re just after a simple camera app then we guess this might not necessarily be what you’re after, but if you’re curious and want to check it out, head on over to XDA for the download.