According to Gundotra, the open source nature of Google's system makes it hard to innovate both on a hardware and software level simultaneously, as Android needs to be "neutral to all parties". This sounds good until you get into the details. That's why Android phones seem to be plagued by a "confused and bewildering" mix of photo applications. I left my professional camera at home and took these shots at dinner with my iPhone 7 using computational photography (portrait mode as Apple calls it).
Apple doesn't have the same constraints that Android OEMs do, he says, so the company cannot only innovate with the actual camera hardware but also fine tune the software to provide the best possible imaging performance. "That can take YEARS", he said.
Also the greatest innovation isn't even happening at the hardware level - it's happening at the computational photography level.
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Apple, which designs its own hardware and software, doesn't work on such API-related constraints. Gundotra is an ex-Googler responsible for leading the tech giant into the social world with Google+ recently took to Facebook and said,"If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone".
The Android versus iPhone debate has been raging on for years, with both sides claiming certain benefits over each other. Gundotra is an Indian-born American businessman and a former Microsoft and Google employee. Gundotra went down to explain how Apple has better camera technologies as compared to Samsung and other Android phone cameras.
While Vic's statement mostly makes sense, Google is working consistently to make Android better than ever. This process often takes considerable time and in many cases for smaller companies or less popular smartphone models, they'd often choose to abandon updates entirely for users. However, his main issue appears to be the old canard of choice that exists in the Android ecosystem. In fact, he commented specifically that he "would never use an Android phone for photos!" Vic does say that Google as once way ahead with advanced image processing features. In particular, reviewers praised the Pixel's camera upon its release last fall. Gundotra is astonished by the iPhone 7 plus and its new feature of Portrait Mode. If Apple brings this high-end camera to the iPhone 8, it will add to the delight of fans like Gundotra. Some people might even go the length of saying that Pixel is Google's vision of a ideal Android powered smartphone.
By Gundotra's logic, Windows is better than Android while iPhone is the best.