Google’s first Nexus handset, the HTC-made Nexus One, was released in early 2010 featuring a mediocre 5MP rear camera. Next came the Samsung Nexus S, which had a better 5MP sensor. After that, the Galaxy Nexus (also manufactured by Samsung, and released in November 2011) improved things even more.
Finally, the LG-made Nexus 4 from last year brought the best camera – an 8MP sensor that benefited from the software enhancements included in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Still, there are considerably better cameraphones out there, with Nokia’s PureView 808 and Lumia 920 leading the pack.
So, what does the future hold for Nexus’ photography skills? Pretty awesome things, it seems.
Vic Gundotra, Google’s Senior Vice President of Engineering, has recently talked about DSLRs, and why he still needed to carry one (because, let’s face it, phones and pocket cameras just can’t do what DSLRs can). And yet, in a comment to that discussion, he mentioned that Google is “committed to making Nexus phones insanely great cameras. Just you wait and see.” Unfortunately, no further details were given, but I’m sure Google has what it takes to keep a promise like this – although we’ll probably not get DSLR-like quality anytime soon.
It remains to be seen which company will manufacture Google’s next Nexus smartphones.
HTC is seemingly also aiming high with the camera on the upcoming HTC One (M7). This handset should be officially announced tomorrow, February 19. We’ll let you know if it does have a great camera or not.
Via Android Central
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