A Post on Facebook by Former Google Executive says that "If you truly care about Great Photography, you own an iPhone."
A photo taken at the search engine roundtable shows the late Steve Jobs with Google's Vic Gundotra. Gundotra was Vice-President of Google's Social networking and identity service Google+ and also worked on Google Maps and Google I/O. Over the weekend Gundotra wrote a Facebook post that has certainly upset some in the Android world.
Gundotra wrote: "The end of the DSLR for most people has already arrived. 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). Hard not to call these results (in a restaurant, taken on a mobile phone with no flash) stunning. Great job Apple."
Android fans began to join in and vehemently disagreed with him and so he added:
"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 the greatest innovation isn't even happening at the hardware level - it's happening at the computational photography level. (Google was crushing this 5 years ago - they had had "auto awesome" that used AI techniques to automatically remove wrinkles, whiten teeth, add vignetting, etc... but recently Google has fallen back).
Apple doesn't have all these constraints. They innovate in the underlying hardware, and just simply update the software with their latest innovations (like portrait mode) and ship it."
Getting to the heart of the matter, Gundotra added: Bottom line: If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone. If you don't mind being a few years behind, buy an Android."
Two of the responses below illustrate the anger from Android fans.
For more on this, check out Vic Gundotra Facebook page here.
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