Vic Gundotra, a former Senior Vice President of Social at Google, says that he “would never use an Android phone for photos!” This declaration was sparked in the comments of a recent Facebook post of his, which was in praise of the iPhone 7’s computational photography (or, Portrait Mode) prowess. Here’s why he believes Google is behind Apple on this front, and why I believe he’s wrong.
Could it be the end of an era? According to Gundotra, the sun is setting on DSLR for most people and the future is mobile. After taking “stunning” portrait shots of his children at a restaurant with his mobile phone, an iPhone 7, he posted the photos to Facebook and declared “The end of the DSLR for most people has already arrived,” and that he “would NEVER buy an Android phone again if I cared about photography.” As someone who ran Google’s mobile efforts for years and was an engineering SVP, he has a lot of understanding of this subject. But why would an ex-Googler believe so strongly in Apple’s photography technology? He explains in a comment:
“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