Google’s SVP of engineering Vic Gundotra is a talkative one. Of course he is after all he considered to be Google’s social czar, but this time around he was discussing DSLRs on Google+ and he said Google is “committed to making Nexus phones with insanely great cameras. Just you wait and see.”
The Google branded Nexus phones have been universally criticized for their underwhelming photography skills. Perhaps the biggest example of this was the Galaxy Nexus, which had an underwhelming 5-megapixel camera, while at the same time Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S, which had perhaps the best camera of all the competing smartphones.
With its current Nexus 4 smartphone, Google has improved the camera massively, but at the same time the competition has pushed the envelope. Nokia in particular has been responsible for this with its PureView camera technology seen in the PureView 808 and the OIS in the Lumia 920. Additionally, Apple has further refined the camera on the iPhone 5 with a new low-light mode. And today HTC might push it a wee bit further, with the HTC One. So the Nexus 4 is still not counted among the best camera phones in the market, even though Google introduced a new 360 degree panorama mode with Android 4.2.
Having said that, we have heard rumors about a Google/Motorola co-branded ‘X-Phone’ and this could feature impressive photography features. Previously, Google has said that it will focus on bringing advanced photography and battery technologies to Motorola smartphones, so Gundotra could be very well talking about this rumored product.