The look on my face when I read the report yesterday was similar to this look:
It’s no news that a lot of people think that the iPhone takes better pictures than the Android OEMs, however, to have this affirmed by an ex-Google senior vice president of social, Vic Gundotra, is nothing short of surprising. According to him, Android devices are “years” behind the iPhone as far as photography is concerned.
In a Facebook post, Gundotra praised the quality of the iPhone 7 Plus camera, saying that he left his professional camera at home and took “stunning” photos with his smartphone. One of his followers commented that the Galaxy S8 has a better camera but Gundotra disagreed, going so far as to say that “I would never use an Android phone for photos!.”
According to Gundotra, the reason why Android smartphones lag behind iPhones in photography is the Android operating system. Gundotra says that the greatest innovation in photography is not happening at the hardware level, but at the computational photography level. Apple doesn’t have the same constraints that Android OEMs have, he says, so the company can not only innovate with the actual camera hardware but also fine tune the software to provide the best possible imaging performance. On the other hand, Android OEMs can only innovate on the hardware level and then convince Google to allow that innovation to be surfaced to other apps using the appropriate APIs. “That can take YEARS,” says Gundotra.
Sounds reasonable, right?
But having used Google’s own devices including the Pixel as well as Samsung’s and Apple’s, I can categorically say that Android is right on par (and sometimes, better than the latest iPhones in a few key areas) when it comes to photography.
What do you think, do you agree with Vic?