Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S22 phones have been found to offer better developer support for third-party camera apps than Google does with its Pixel phones.
While Google encourages camera app developers to use the CameraX Jetpack library, smartphones from Google and other Android OEMs do not support this standard.
This information was recently discovered by developer @Wander1236 in the CameraXInfo app, which revealed that the Google Pixel and even the OnePlus 10 Pro do not support CameraX extensions. At the same time, Samsung showed itself from a much better side, setting an example for other OEMs.
Thanks to Samsung in the Galaxy S22 series of smartphones, third-party camera app developers have built-in access to all extensions (Auto, Bokeh, HDR, Night, Face Retouch) and can access all three camera sensors in their apps.
This explains why the Galaxy S22 offers native camera support for apps like Instagram*, TikTok and Snapchat. It remains to be hoped that Samsung will add this feature to more smartphones and Galaxy lineups. But the South Korean tech giant is already ahead of Google and other Android smartphone brands in this regard.
* Instagram is owned by Meta, which is recognized as an extremist organization in Russia. Its activity in Russia is prohibited.