Remember the bad old days when Android cameras were’t great, or even good? Ex-Senior Vice President of Engineering at Google Vic Gundotra has now come out and explained why he will never buy an Android phone for photography.
Mr Gundotra, who was behind a lot of innovations at Google, notably Google+ and their mobile division between 2007-2010, once famously commented on a Google+ post that ‘We are committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras. Just you wait and see’. After waiting a few more years through the Nexus 6 which remained average, we finally got the Nexus 6P (the 5x was good when it loaded in under half an hour), which finally brought great cameras to Nexus, though that came just in time to see the Nexus program replaced by Pixel which are again insanely great cameras.
As CEO of health company AlivCor, Mr Gundotra has now firmly left his Android roots behind and switched to the iPhone 7 lauding the phones ability to take great, almost DSLR like photos. When a user stated that the Samsung Galaxy S8 also took photos of this quality, Mr Gundotra responded:
He followed that statement up, doubling down and clarifying his credentials:
We’d argue here that Google with the Pixel line, has finally gotten photography right. We’re even seeing great results from top Android vendors like Samsung with the S8, Huawei with the P10, HTC with the U11, LG with their G6 and Sony with the XZ Premium, even vendors such as Oppo, ZTE and Alcatel are offering good photos in their phones.
There’s good things happening in Android on Cameras and as we move forward those benefits we’re seeing at the high-end are now filtering down to the more budget range of devices. It’s soon going to be almost impossible to take a bad shot on any phone.
What are your thoughts?