XCamera is a photography suite for Android based devices. The app provides more functionality than the standard media solutions within Android. XCamera’s features are most useful for people who are looking for a middle ground between bare bones camera apps and the more advanced photography systems.
The app can be thought of as a more polished and integrated way of taking photos with Android devices. XCamera’s features are fairly similar to what a user will already be familiar with in Android’s default photography programs. The main difference is that the app offers better integration between photo creation and photo management.
Xcamera is a photography app which tackles an increasingly apparent problem with Android. The gallery and camera app in vanilla builds of Android tend to be fairly simple. The camera and gallery are usually not very strongly linked together either. This issue is compounded by the various custom builds of Android. Camera and gallery apps are among the most commonly modified parts of Android devices. Companies often tinker with both of these apps in an effort to make their phones and tablets seem unique. Unfortunately, it’s quite common for the results of that tinkering to be fairly subpar.
XCamera address this issue by providing a simple but functional photography system. The app’s camera builds on the standard Android system’s functions. When the user takes a picture the resulting image will be handled by XCamera’s custom gallery system. Combining these two easy to use systems into XCamera makes photography easy for everyone.
Top Features of XCamera
- Familiar camera;
- Proper media integration;
- Fixes manufacturer tampering.
One of XCamera’s most important features has to do with familiarity. When users take a picture they’ll be presented with something very similar to the standard camera app. The biggest difference is that the gallery functionality is now entirely in the hands of XCamera.
The new gallery system focuses on proper media integration. Phone distributors tend to modify gallery behavior to the point where it’s overly complex and cluttered. The XCamera system keeps things simple and intuitive. When someone takes a picture it’s instantly available within the gallery. Scanning the gallery is as easy as going down through photos in chronological order. There’s no forced complexity from third party companies or websites. The camera and gallery are fully focused on doing one thing and doing it well.
The previous two features also address something that’s becoming an increasingly significant problem. When XCamera is installed it will essentially replace whatever phone and gallery app is on the device. Replacing an overly complex or bloated gallery app is one of the more significant benefits of XCamera. The XCamera gallery is faster and less memory intensive as a result of the sleeker design.
Common Complaints for XCamera
- Disappearing photos;
- Invisible pictures.
One of the more common issues involves images not appearing in the XCamera gallery. When someone takes a picture it should then appear in the gallery. There’s a few explanations for what might be happening when pictures don’t appear in the gallery. The simplest explanation is that users aren’t noticing the new pictures. XCamera uses a different chronological sorting method than many other gallery apps. As a result, users might not be looking in the right place for their photos.
A similar issue involves seemingly invisible pictures. The camera flash goes off, but the new image can’t be found within the gallery. One common explanation for this problem can be found with system resources. Slower file systems or processors can result in delayed write procedures. Recent updates have sped up XCamera performance. This optimization should help address instances of invisible pictures within the gallery.
The app is designed for Android based phones. However, it can be successfully sideloaded onto any device meeting the minimum operating system requirements. The only caveat is that camera functionality is dependent on a device actually possessing a camera. As such, Android TV sticks will only be able to use XCamera’s gallery feature. The subset of Chromebooks which support Android programs will also be able to run the app. Chromebooks use a custom form of Android 7.0 Nougat. As such, if a Chromebook is able to run Android programs than it will be able to run this app. It will also need to be sideloaded on most Chromebooks rather than installed through the Play Store.
The app should also be able to import existing photographs into the new gallery. The only exception is if the Android device is using an encrypted or non-standard storage method. If the Android device restricts read access to the location where files are stored than the app will also be kept from properly importing them. It’s also limited to importing locally stored files. So even if the default Android gallery app used cloud storage it won’t be accessible in the new system.
- Android: 4.0 and up.
- Around 2.42 MB of storage space. The app can only run off internal storage and can’t be moved to an SD card.
- Google Play link: XCamera 1.0.12.
In summary, XCamera offers a sleek alternative to a phone’s default camera and gallery. It takes away all of the bloat which phone manufacturers might have bundled with their gallery. The camera part of the app builds on the standard Android camera. While the gallery presents a simple and intuitive list of photographs in chronological order.
Anyone who has ever taken a picture with their phone should give the app a try. The simplicity of the XCamera system is the perfect match for many people’s preferences. If users like what they see than they should comment and share their experience.