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Using Google Camera Mod without Root on ASUS Max Pro M1

[Guide] Using Google Camera Mod without Root on ASUS Max Pro M1
The best: Without removing the warranty

When Google launched the Nexus 5, its users were quite confused because there was a function on the Google Camera application that was always on, namely HDR +. At the same time, they realized that when using HDR +, the captured images were better than when they were turned off.

Jumping two years later, Google launched a Pixel smartphone that was quite shaken because of the camera's very slick results. Of course, this was achieved thanks to the Google Camera application which has HDR + facilities.

At almost the same time, Xiaomi issued a smartphone with the name Mi 5s. Mi 5s have similarities with Google Pixels in terms of specifications. The camera sensor used is the same, namely the Sony IMX 378 which has large sensor dimensions.

A Russian developer named BSG took this opportunity by porting Google Camera exclusively for Pixels and Nexus so that it could run on Xiaomi Mi 5s. And this is where the beginning of the Google Camera modification begins.

GCam Settings

Google Camera requires a function on the Android operating system called Camera 2 API or Camera HAL 3. Camera 2 API makes a smartphone can take RAW images, Zero Shutter Lag, burst, and so forth. This API (Application programming interface) has been around since Android Lollipop 5.0.

To be able to activate the Camera 2 API, a smartphone needs root access. After rooting, just add a line with the name persist.camera.hal3.enabled = 1 in the Build.Prop file on the system partition. One thing that is detrimental to the root, the warranty will be lost.

The dilemma is also felt by users of the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone, which until now the camera is still relatively standard. We also have reviewed the smartphone with this fast performance on this link.

A Taiwanese developer named Shakalaca discovered a method to make Camera 2 API active on the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 smartphone without having to root, without even opening the bootloader (unlock bootloader)!

This immediately makes the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 be able to run the Google Camera Mod application, where currently the most famous is the result of a developer named Arnova8G2. The result is the picture also becomes much better compared to using the default camera.

To activate the Camera 2 API, you just need a PC. Do the following:

If your PC doesn't have a USB driver for Zenfone Max Pro M1, just download it via this link. This page is owned by a developer named Sudeep Duhoon from India who is active in modifying Zenfone Max Pro M1. The driver file itself is already circulating on the internet.

  1. Extract the RAR file, open the ASUS_Android_USB_drivers_for_Windows folder, then open the subfolder according to your version of Windows (Windows 10 users, use the Windows 8.1 folder) and find the file named android_winusb.inf. Right-click on the file and select install.
  2. Download the ADB minimum on the following link and do the installation. Do not forget to answer Y when asked to install a system-wide.
  3. Once completed, the first stage of preparing the PC is complete
  4. Turn off your ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 device
  5. Then turn it on by pressing the volume up and power buttons. If done correctly, the smartphone will be in CSC Fastboot mode.
  6. Back to the computer, open the command prompt by typing CMD at the start. then right-click on the command prompt and select Run as Administrator.
  7. Connect your ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1 via USB, then wait for the computer to complete the driver installation.
  8. At the command prompt, type fastboot devices. If true, then Fastboot will find a device. If not, try restarting the PC and do step number 7 again.
  9. Type fastboot oem enable_camera_hal3 true at the command prompt. If true, the OKAY text will appear.
  10. To reboot, just type fastboot reboot
  11. install it
  12. These steps have activated the Camera 2 API on the ASUS Zenfone Max Pro M1. After booting, all you have to do is download Google Camera Mod on the CelsoAzevedo website which collects all Google Camera modifications from all developers.
  13. I suggest using a modification from Arnova8G2 because the results are sharper and the saturation is better. Just take the recommended version on the website.
  14. CMD Run as Admin
  15. Install the Google Camera Mod and use HDR + Enhanced in the application. Don't forget to turn on the Nexus 6P feature so that the level of picture sharpness is even better. HDR + Enhanced is also active on the front camera, so it is very good for taking selfies.

Have a nice picture!

Edit: If you get a write failed command error, activate Developer Options first, by pressing Build Number on the About Phone seven times. Then go to Developer Options and activate USB Debugging.