Former Googler Vic Gundotra extols iPhone 7 Plus camera, pans Android photo ecosystem

In some Facebook postings over the weekend, Vic Gundotra shared his opinion about the state of smartphone photography and it is sure to rankle Android fans. Gundotra, who is mainly credited with the Google+ social network although he also played a big part in evangelizing Android, opined on the how well smartphones compare to traditional DSLR cameras. In follow-up comments, he praised Apple and said he thinks Android is trailing several years behind.

To understand Gundotra’s position, one has to realize that he is focusing more on the end to end user experience. Since the posting, Android fans have been pointing out things like DxOMark scores that show just how good Android photography hardware is. The problem according to Gundotra is that “the greatest innovation isn’t even happening at the hardware level – it’s happening at the computational photography level.”

Gundotra says Google was “crushing” that space as well a few years ago, but has fallen behind. However, his main issue appears to be the old canard of choice that exists in the Android ecosystem. He posts at one point that,

“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.”

Do you think Gundotra has a valid point?

source: Vic Gundotra (Facebook)
via: Apple Insider


About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.