Android today is a refined and beautiful operating system that offers tons of customization and can run virtually any kind of software for any purpose, its hardware doesn’t cut corners either. Looking at some of the later examples of the beauty that comes from combining great hardware with Android like the HTC One, LG G Flex, and Nexus 5, you can see how great things are for Android. But unfortunately there is one area that Android phones have suffered in from the beginning, cameras.

Sure, later flagship phones such as the LG G2 have great cameras, but they just don’t compare to the likes of an iPhone 5S or even an iPhone 5’s camera. Don’t get me wrong the LG G2 is capable of taking some beautiful shots that can get very close to the 5S’ quality and would even be worth framing but it’s just quite not there yet and that just should not be the case in 2014. One other thing Android cameras suffer from is lack of consistency, like I just said, the LG G2 can take some amazing shots but you have to work so hard to get those shots. With the iPhone it’s just point and shoot, granted there may be a little work involved most of it is handled by the camera software. Android camera’s haven’t gotten there yet and I’ll tell you why. The LG G2 has a top of the line camera sensor and lenses in it, im willing to bet they are higher quality than whats in the 5S, so why does the camera not take better shots? I have one word for you, software. You would think with Google being so focused on pictures and photo editing that they would have amazing camera software and image processing software built into Android but the sad fact is they don’t. This is why iPhones are capable of taking great shots and taking them consistently and easily.

Lately Google has been hiring some people who hint at them aiming to improve Android’s camera software and it would be in their best interest. One of the main reasons a lot of people purchase iPhones over Android is because of the great camera the iPhone has to offer and if Google could get Android’s to be better (and we know they are more than capable of doing so) then Android would hypothetically have the upper hand on the iPhone when it came to every area.

Camera quality is the one are that Apple still has Google beat and if Google could just step up their game and get some great camera software built into Android then it would be very interesting to see how it impacted sales between the two companies when it came to smartphones.

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Nicholas Terry

Nicholas Terry

(Author) - I am currently attending college to receive my degree in Computer Science with a pipe dream to someday work at Google. I love everything about android and smartphones and always love learning more about them or anything else tech wise. I also love developing Android apps and learning new types of code in my spare time. My current devices I use are my LG Optimus G and Nexus 7, Pebble watch is still on the way.
Nicholas Terry