CyanogenMod’s Focal Camera App Lands In The Google Play Store

Skye Hudson 24-09-2013

Before CyanogenMod became a company, their ROM came bundled with a camera app called Focal; it was a highly loved aspect of the ROM, but when developer “xplodwild” left CM, he took the advanced camera app with him. However, Focal has now officially landed on the Play Store for anyone running Android 4.1+ to download.


Team BBQ, the group that xplodwild is now a part of, says that the app is still in Beta, so you should expect some bugs. But many users still swear by Focal as the best camera app available. It uses a simple interface that shows only the shutter button on the screen. To access other capture modes like the front-facing camera, video, panorama, and PicSphere (their version of Google’s Photosphere), you hold the shutter button and then slide away from it.

CyanogenMod's Focal Camera App Lands In The Google Play Store Focal 1

The rest of the options are hidden off-screen to the left, and you can bring them into view by swiping in from the left. To view photos you’ve already taken, you swipe down from the top (portrait) or from the left (landscape).

The app is completely open-source, and the source code can be found on GitHub. You can download Focal on the Play Store for free. [No Longer Available]

What do you think of Focal? Do you have a different camera app that you prefer? Let us know in the comments.


Related topics: Photography, Smartphone Photography.

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  1. Rsizzle
    September 25, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Impressive! Samsung galaxy s3 droid better than I expected!! Very clean, easy to use interface with LOADS of very cool extras! Didn't take but a few minutes of playing with this to understand and make it my priority camera!!! BRAVO !!!

  2. Rudi Pittman
    September 25, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Dev has an xda support thread here:

    Send him a logcat as he seems pretty responsive to users.

  3. sounder
    September 24, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Wants to lock up on my sammy S3 running 4.1.2..