Focal camera app arrives in Play Store following CyanogenMod departure

September 22, 2013
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The Focal camera app was unveiled back in late-July as something called Phase 1 of Nemesis. This was something from CyanogenMod and was basically the start of what would be some overall improvements and changes. Anyway, the Focal camera app was released at the time and came available as part of some of the CM nightly builds and also as an apk file for sideloading.

Details of the app had gone relatively quiet after that initial release, however the app remained available. The Focal app was a bit buggy and certainly had some issues, but then again, it was always said to have been an early release. Flash forward till last week when we saw the news of Cyanogen Inc.

That had CyanogenMod forming into a company and one of the side effects was the removal of Focal. While there is likely more to the story, we did see a bit of why it was removed. Despite Focal being buggy and having some issues, it was an app that had quite a bit of potential.

Anyway, the app was removed from CyanogenMod and we were hoping to see it arrive in the Play Store for all to download, check out and maybe even use. That has since happened. The Focal camera app has been listed in the Play Store and it is available for free. The app is listed as a beta and brings support for devices running Android 4.2 or later.

We had been using the earlier version and since this Play Store release we deleted that older version and began playing with this. Bottom line here, the app is still a bit buggy and still has some issues, but we do feel the app has some potential and while it may not be ready for everyone just yet, it is one that you may want to keep an eye on for the future.

SOURCE: Google Play Store


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  • z

    Why the hell doesn’t your site have a more mobile-friendly viewing experience? My phone can handle it fine but I’d rather have the article load up quicker.

  • Guest

    The amount of tech blogs that aren’t responsive/fluid or mobile friendly in any way is ridiculous considering how easy it is to apply device width specific CSS via media queries. Thank god for double tap zoom!

  • Brian P.

    I think Focal is still in Alpha. Little too buggy even in BETA. I like where this is going and am confident with time this will be a great camera application. My Galaxy Nexus needs all the help it can get in the camera department!