Vic Gundotra used to be SVP of Social at Google, helping to grow adoption of Google+ during his time there. We haven’t heard much about Gundotra since he left Google three years ago, but that’s changing today.
In a post on his official Facebook page, Gundotra has said that he believes the iPhone’s photography capabilities to be ahead of Android’s. Gundotra, now CEO at AliveCor, says that Android being open source means that it “has to be neutral to all parties.” Gundotra then goes on to describe a “bewildering” number of photo options on Samsung phones.
Gundotra adds that when Samsung innovates with something like a better camera, it has to convince Google to enable that innovation in other apps, which can take years. Meanwhile, Apple doesn’t have these constraints, he says, meaning that it can just update its software with its latest innovations and then ship it to customers.
The former Google exec points to the iPhone 7 Plus’s Portrait Mode as one Apple innovation that he’s impressed with.
“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,” Gundotra said.
There’s no doubt that there are some Android devices out there with solid camera experiences, like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel. Gundotra prefers Apple’s iPhone photography, though, saying “I would NEVER buy an Android phone again if I cared about photography.” The good news is that Android devices aren’t going anywhere and Gundotra’s comments don’t change phones like the S8 and Pixel, so if you like them, just keep on using ‘em.