OnePlus Camera 3.8.13 adds Focus Tracking and preps Macro Mode


We’re getting closer to the launch date of Android Q, but there’s still one more public beta from Google before that happens. Other smartphone brands like OnePlus also have their own Android Q beta programs, and earlier today the company started rolling out its fourth beta. We grabbed the build for the OnePlus 7 Pro and discovered that the OnePlus Camera app received an update. Now at version 3.8.13, the camera app has added one new feature we spotted previously. We also decoded the app and found strings that show that OnePlus is preparing to add a new camera mode.

OnePlus Camera 3.8.13 Changes

Focus Tracking

Earlier this week, we discovered that version 3.8.1 of the camera app, which rolled out with OnePlus’ Android Q DP3, had a hidden “Focus Tracking” setting. We managed to activate the feature after a bit of tweaking. According to the feature’s description, “Focus tracking keeps moving people, cats and dogs always in focus.” The feature works in both the photo and video modes. Here’s a brief demonstration of the new feature:

With version 3.8.13 of the APK, Focus Tracking is now available in Settings. We confirmed it’s available on two separate OnePlus 7 Pro devices running the latest Android Q DP4 release, but I was personally unable to get the feature working on my device running Android Pie-based OxygenOS 9.5.10.

Macro mode

An APK teardown can often predict features that may arrive in a future update of an application, but it is possible that any of the features we mention here may not make it in a future release. This is because these features are currently unimplemented in the live build and may be pulled at any time by OnePlus in a future build.

Two new strings have been added to the camera app that inform us about a new macro mode for close shots. The hint string tells the user to “place the subject 2.5cm-8cm away” while the other string tells the user that flash is disabled in macro mode.

Place the subject 2.5cm-8cm away in macro mode.
Flash is disabled in macro mode

We haven’t managed to activate the new macro mode just yet, but it’ll likely only be available on the OnePlus 7 Pro. Since the OnePlus 7 Pro doesn’t have a dedicated macro lens like the Honor 20 Pro, it’s possible that OnePlus may be going the Huawei route by using auto-focus on the wide-angle lens for macro shots. Alternatively, this could be a hint at a future OnePlus phone having a dedicated macro lens, but we think that’s unlikely.

We’re still digging into the Android Q DP4 release and will publish articles on our other findings.

Thanks to PNF Software for providing us a license to use JEB Decompiler, a professional-grade reverse engineering tool for Android applications.

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