OnePlus launched the IDEAS initiative a few weeks ago with the aim of receiving ideas for future versions of OxygenOS. Recently, the company has presented the result of this initiative and has shared the ideas that have been selected, as well as those that have not passed the cut.
One of the ideas that have been discarded by OnePlus is the implementation of the Camera API so that the GCam app can work. GCam (Google Camera) is a modification of the Google Camera app that allows you to enjoy Pixel functionality on other smartphones.
Many users consider that the photographs taken with GCam are better than those obtained by the native smartphone camera app. However, with the current implementation of Camera APIs by OnePlus, there are many limitations for GCam.
For this reason, many users have been asking OnePlus to offer better API support to improve the performance of this app. However, it seems that OnePlus is not about to improve GCam support in OxygenOS since the company has discarded the idea proposed by the user.
OnePlus indicates that, according to their device usage statistics, less than 1.35% of owners of OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7T series smartphones use the GCam every week. Therefore, OnePlus believes that API support for GCam would only benefit a small number of users.
Also, considering that GCam is not an official app published by Google, but a mod made by third-party developers, OnePlus claims that it cannot control how developers will change the mod and that would require additional maintenance cost if any change occurs in the future.
Therefore, OnePlus explains that, from now on, it will focus its resources on its own camera product.