Google has teamed up with a couple of big-name manufacturers to deliver a slew of successful Nexus devices to market, but one constant criticism of the series has been the underperformance of the camera. That all looks set to change, according to one Google executive, Vic Gundotra, who has promised the next line of Nexus smartphones will offer snappers which deliver crisper, altogether better shots by packing, in the words of the Google chief, “insanely great cameras.”
Such a revelation will be music to the ears of Nexus fans, many of whom will have suffered by such a clear oversight hitherto. While most smartphones have their weak spots, the constantly poor camera was seen as a bit of a shame, since Nexus handsets are, by and large, very good all-rounders. Always knocking on the doors of the higher-end of the market without explicitly being considered at the top of the line (Galaxy Nexus owners may disagree somewhat), the shooter was always the Achilles heel of an otherwise sound piece of hardware, and it’s good to see Google wants to buck this trend.
The iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia 920, and Samsung Galaxy S III are the respective flagship devices for each of the three main ecosystems, and while their cameras all perform to varying degrees (read: the Lumia smokes the competition), they are all a cut above the camera of the latest Nexus 4.
Gundotra, who holds the position as Google’s senior vice president of engineering, stated the Mountain View-based outfit is “committed to making Nexus phones [with] insanely great cameras.. just you wait and see.”
There has been speculation ongoing for a long time that Google plans to release a device in a collaborative effort with Motorola, codenamed ‘X Phone’. The device, which is said to be a part of a series that also includes an ‘X Tablet’ (perhaps also an ‘X Watch’, with the way things seem to be going just now), is being touted as one of the biggest releases this year. Many suspect this ‘X Phone’ to be the next big Nexus release from the search giant, although only time will tell if this really is the case.
The device is expected to be showcased at this year’s I/O Developer Conference in May, and as well as the improved camera, may also offer improved battery life and radical design. We’ll have more here at Redmond Pie as it breaks, so stay tuned.