Android Camera Is ‘Years Behind’ iPhone: Ex-Google VP

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Google lags the iPhone camera when it comes to taking pictures, according to ex-Googler Vic Gundotra. In a Facebook post, the executive went on to talk about how amazing the pictures taken by an iPhone are.

Why is the iPhone camera better than Android’s?

Gundotra posted two pictures of his kids on Facebook, and minutes later, he was all praises for the amazing portrait mode that the iPhone offers. Further, the former Google executive, who once headed the company’s overall mobile efforts, stated that since he forgot his professional camera at home, and he used his iPhone 7 to take the pictures.

“Hard not to call these results (in a restaurant, taken on a mobile phone with no flash) stunning,” the executive said.

Shortly after he posted the pictures, comments started pouring in, with some users even marking it as the end of the DSLR era. Another user commented that the Samsung Galaxy S8 does a better job than the iPhone camera. However, Gundotra does not appear to agree with that.

Gundotra, the man behind Google+ and now the CEO of health care company AliveCor, noted that the issue here is with Android. If you read between the lines, it is not hard to guess that Gundotra is blaming Google for the inferior photos taken by Android phones. He added that every time Samsung looks to create innovative photographic capabilities, Android poses the biggest hurdle.

“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,” he said.

Gundotra stated that Apple does not have those constraints. Though Google was at the helm of this innovation a few years ago, Apple is clearly in the lead now, the executive said. The ex-Google executive stated that Google’s open source nature does not allow it to efficiently innovate both on a hardware and software level concurrently.

“If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone. If you don’t mind being a few years behind, buy an Android,” he said.

iPhone 8 to be much better

While some might agree with what Gundotra has to say, users of the Pixel would differ, stating that even though the lenses are inferior to those from competing brands, Pixel pictures sometimes overshadow those taken using other phones.

Nevertheless, the Apple iPhone 7 has been applauded time and again for its impressive pictures and other features. The iPhone 7 Plus is fitted with a dual-lens camera setup: 12 megapixels +12 megapixels on the rear with a wide angle and telephoto lens. If Apple brings this high-end camera to the iPhone 8, it will add to the delight of fans like Gundotra.

Rumors are abuzz that Apple is adding a better camera and wireless charging in the iPhone 8. The iPhone 8 might come with a 16-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera. Further, the phone might have a 3D sensor to support augmented reality and 3D facial recognition.

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Aman Jain
Aman is MBA (Finance) with an experience on both Marketing and Finance side. He has worked as a Risk Analyst for AIR Worldwide, and is currently leading VeRa FinServ, a Financial Research firm. Favorite pastimes include watching science fiction movies, reviewing tech gadgets, playing PC games and cricket. - Email him at amanjain@valuewalk.com

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