Vic Gundotra the former Vice President of Social at Google is no longer a fan of Google’s android. He believes the software is to blame for the camera quality and not the cellphones. He has claimed that the camera on hundreds of android devices is years behind the camera on Apple’s iPhone.
In a post on his Facebook account he has claimed that “the end of DSLR for most people has already arrived.” He posted a couple of pictures to support his opinion. The pictures look crisp and as good as a professional camera. He appreciated Apple for this. Seems as if he is no longer interested in anything that his former employer, Google, worked on.
He did not do it straightaway though. Another Facebook user had claimed that Samsung S8 does a better job when it comes to the camera, compared to any model of the Apple iPhone. Vic Gundotra decided to come back with a sample making sure that the result would look good enough to beat even the best of the cameras in the market. The image justifies the word “stunning” used by Vic.
Vic believes that hardware is important but so is the software. His comment on this post treats Google or Android as a punching bag. His comment follows.
” Here is the problem: It’s Android. Android is an open source (mostly) operating system that has to be neutral to all parties. This sounds good until you get into the details. Ever wonder why a Samsung phone has a confused and bewildering array of photo options? Should I use the Samsung Camera? Or the Android Camera? Samsung gallery or Google Photos?
It’s because when Samsung innovates with the underlying hardware (like a better camera) they have to convince Google to allow that innovation to be surfaced to other applications via the appropriate API. That can take YEARS.
Also the greatest innovation isn’t even happening at the hardware level – it’s happening at the computational photography level. (Google was crushing this 5 years ago – they had had “auto awesome” that used AI techniques to automatically remove wrinkles, whiten teeth, add vignetting, etc… but recently Google has fallen back).
Apple doesn’t have all these constraints. They innovate in the underlying hardware, and just simply update the software with their latest innovations (like portrait mode) and ship it.
Bottom line: “If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone. If you don’t mind being a few years behind, buy an Android.”
Its up to the user to decide whether an iPhone camera is what they need or does the android camera fulfill their needs. If you disagree with him you can simply ignore his opinion considering that he may be the Javed Hashmi to Google’s Imran Khan.