Google’s Pixel Camera Mastermind Moves To Adobe To Work On A ‘Universal’ Camera App
When someone asks us for thoughts about the Google Pixel phone line, the first thing to come up is almost always the camera. The Google Pixel line is known as having one of the best experiences of any phone, and the success there is typically associated with one man. That man, one Marc Levoy, left Google earlier this year and has now found a new home at Adobe.
As reported in a tweet by David Imel of Android Authority, Levoy has joined Adobe as a Vice President and Fellow to work on computational photography projects, including the existing Photoshop Camera app as well as a new “Universal Adobe Camera App”.
Just got word that Marc Levoy, who previously led Computational Photography at Google has just joined @Adobe as a VP and fellow to work on CP initiatives, as well as a “Universal Adobe Camera App” 👀
He’ll be working on the Photoshop Camera, research and sensei teams
— David ImeI (@DurvidImel) July 20, 2020
Now, as per a report by The Verge, Adobe appears to be working on a vaguely defined camera app that could work across platforms for virtually any smartphone. The company stated in an email that Levoy’s work will be “centered on the concept of a universal camera app.”
The report also notes that such a concept is indefinite at the moment, and could mean either a platform like ones used by Facebook or Snapchat, or app that would be functional for both smartphones and professional-level digital cameras.
Adobe already does provide a camera app in its Lightroom and Photoshop Camera products, so it’s possible that will be basis for Levoy’s future work.
Before coming over to Adobe, Levoy spent six years at Google, heading up a team that developed the computational photography technology behind the cameras inside Google’s Pixel smartphones. His work enabled Pixels to take high-quality photos without as much hardware as competitors like Apple’s iPhone.
Levoy also worked on the camera of the Google Glass Explorer Edition and launched a research project at Stanford that eventually led to Google Streetview.
It’s unclear why Levoy left Google, but the latest Pixel 4 was underwhelming, with reports suggesting that the search giant sold only two million units after six months of sales. A more affordable “4a” version is still expected sometime this year though Levoy’s level of involvement in the camera department for the product is something we don’t quite know.
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