Former Google executive says Android phone cameras are “years behind” the iPhone

Vic Gundotra, former Senior Vice President of Social at Google, doesn’t seem to be a big fan of Android smartphone cameras phones. What’s more, according to him, it’s not the OEMs’ fault, but Android’s.

In a Facebook post on his personal profile from the weekend, Gundotra claimed that “the end of DSLR for most people has already arrived.” To back his claims up, he posted a couple of photos, taken with his iPhone in portrait mode, “in a restaurant, … with no flash,” labelling them as “stunning.”

What prompted the former Google SVP to
address Android phones and their cameras
specifically was a reply from another user
who said that the Samsung Galaxy S8 “does a
better job” when compared to the iPhone.

Gundotra claims that Android is hindering
photography innovation, because it’s “an
open source (mostly) operating system that
has to be neutral to all parties.” According to
him, this doesn’t allow manufacturers to
innovate in the hardware department, since
Google has to implement proper APIs in
Android to support the new tech and “that
can take years.”
“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,” wrote Gundotra.
Gundotra also claims that while hardware is
important, “the greatest innovation isn’t
even happening at the hardware level — it’s
happening at the computational photography
level.” In that regard, we can look no further
than our portrait mode shootout with the
Huawei P10, iPhone 7 Plus, and OnePlus 5,
for an inspection of the computational
photography capabilities of Android and
Apple (close up shots with defocused
backgrounds is one of the ways in which you
can more clearly see the effects of
computational photography).

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