How Can I integrate The Camera Kit into My Apps?

by Juan Leonard
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Most camera APIs do not provide the full capability of your cameras to your apps. Usually, social media apps have their unique features. However, the quality of the camera output from these apps is always lower than the camera quality attainable from the phone’s camera. It is this problem Huawei’s Camera Kit solves and that’s what makes it a welcome development for app developers all over the world.

Huawei Camera Kit allows app developers to integrate all the image processing features of Huawei phone cameras into their apps. This helps users capture amazing images and shoot great videos whenever they want with several camera features such as HDR, background blur, portrait mode, wide aperture, and super night mode. This article will provide a step-by-step guide for developers on how to integrate the Camera Kit on their apps.

How to Get Started

The first step to take before the process of integrating the Camera Kit into your app is to register with Huawei. You will also need to complete your identity verification. This can be done on the Huawei site. Once you have gotten your ID, you can sign in. To get one, follow these steps.

  1. At the upper right corner of the page is a Sign-up When you click on it, it takes you to the registration page.
  2. If you are registering with your email, all you have to do is enter your correct email address as well as the verification code (it could be your birthday or mobile phone number depending on your area). If you are registering with your mobile number, all you have to do is to enter your correct phone number and verification code. Next, set your password and click on REGISTER.
  3. Next, read and confirm the Cloud notification and Huawei ID and click on CONTINUE. This takes you to the Identity Verification page.
  4. After successful identity verification, you would have completed your registration successfully. Only then will you be recognized as a Huawei Developer.

Integrating the Camera Kit into Your App

Signing the Huawei Developer SDK Service Cooperation Agreement

First, you are required to download the SDK from SDK download. Then, you will be required to sign the Huawei Media Service Usage Agreement.

Environment Preparations

You are required to use Android Studio v3.0.1 (or later versions). Also, you are required to use Huawei phones running EMUI 10.0 or later as well as Kirin 980 or later.

Environment Setup

First, you will have to open an Android Studio project or create a ProjectCreate. To do this, you will have to enter the application name, the package name, and select the default SDK. Subsequently, select Empty Activity, enter the file name, and click on Finish.

Secondly, you will have to add dependencies. Check the root directory of your Android Studio project and open the build.gradle file. Go to allprojects. Then, head over to the repositories. This will allow to configure the maven repository.

Note, however, that you cannot access the Maven repository address from a browser. You can only configure it in the IDE.

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