One feature the Google Nexus 7 lacks is a rear-facing camera. Surely this was left out to save costs, as there’s only so much you can do with a tablet when you’re looking to sell it for as cheap as the N7 goes, but that’s certainly not to call it a cheap piece of hardware. In fact, even though there is no camera on the back of the device, that doesn’t mean you can’t have one.
Take XDA Senior Member unreal3000, for example. That’s exactly what he did using a UVC webcam, an OTG cable, and a little ingenuity. And if you’re able to read English and follow directions carefully, there’s nothing but air and opportunity between you and pulling off this sweet mod for yourself.
First, let’s take a look at a demo of the mod in action, shall we?
Ready to try this at home, kids? Here’s what you’ll need:
Obviously, a Nexus 7
A UVC webcam, or simply, a plug and play camera — one that doesn’t need anything extra to work, other than you plugging it in. Some only need the extra CD to use its full potential, but may work without one. check here. 95% of webcams should work.
The “camera.tegra3.so” (Check the source link at the bottom of this post)
A camera app other than stock. (lgcamera or similar)
Once you have everything, here’s what you’ll need to do:
Extract and copy the camera.tegra3.so file into your tablet’s /SYSTEM/LIB/HW folder, and reboot (Make sure to back up the original camera.tegra3.so file, just in case you want to revert later.
Plug in your camera.
Open up terminal emulator and run these commands (Press Enter after each bulleted point)
chown system.camera /dev/video0
chmod 660 /dev/video0
Now you should be all set. Head on over to your camera app and check out the results!
There are a couple of important things to note before wrapping this up. First, shooting video is a bit buggy at the moment, but taking still pictures works just fine. Secondly, the developer notes that there will be no updates to this mod, at least from him, due to inexperience. Perhaps someone else may be able to get things smoothed out, so that’s why we’re spreading the news.
Give it a try, then stop back and let us know what you think!