Google’s announcement of Night Sight for the Pixel 3 at their Made by Google event earlier this month made claims that it could potentially do away with the flash for low-light photography. While Google hasn’t released the feature officially, an enterprising developer has apparently gotten it working.

The Google Camera APK has been modified by XDA-Developer cstark27 and made available to download for users of the Pixel, Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 (and XL models) phones.

Night Sight uses Google’s computational photography algorithms to artificially lighten a dark photo based on information they’ve garnered from checking photo data in low-light images.

Once you’ve installed the modified APK – it will install as a separate app due to a different signing key the developer had to use to get this working – you need to enable Night Sight from the ‘More’ tab in the Camera app. The camera then switches to a moon over the shutter button to indicate you’re in Night Sight mode.

According to XDA-Developers once you have the option for Night mode, you’ll get a nudge to try Night mode if the camera app doesn’t detect enough light in an image. Images captured in Night mode show up in Google Photos with a moon icon in the top right to indicate the use of Night mode.

The XDA-Developers team have used the APK to take some quite compelling before and after shots of the Night Sight Mode – the content isn’t amazing, but the shots show the feature off well. We’ve included some samples here, or you can check out the full album on Flickr.

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If you want to try out the APK on your Pixel phone you can side-load the modified APK from the XDA-Developers team through Android File Host here.

Source: XDA-Developers.
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    Geoff Fieldew
    Geoff Fieldew
    1 year ago

    Got it running on my Pixel 2. It’s nothing short of amazing! Unbelievably effective.

    Jamie S
    Jamie S
    1 year ago

    Wow, I’m blown away by the difference it makes. It’s just ridiculous

    maytas
    maytas
    1 year ago

    THIS IS INSANE … didn’t expected such great images

    Heath Robson
    Heath Robson
    1 year ago

    Hachi machi! Just installed this in pixel one and the difference is crazy! Absolutely insane. What an age we live in!

    Shahil Prasad
    Shahil Prasad
    1 year ago

    Wow they shit all over the p20 pro night mode

    Matthew Becker
    Matthew Becker
    1 year ago

    Pic #14 :O witchcraft!

    Lee
    Lee
    1 year ago

    Just installed it on my pixel 1 and wow the results are amazing. Not perfect pics but much better than not being able to capture anything