Google’s former king of cameras is gone and now he’s developing new camera software for another company. But it is not another smartphone manufacturer.
Four months ago, Google lost a particularly important person who, among other things, was responsible for the powerful cameras on the latest Pixel smartphones. Google must have feared that Marc Levoy might even be hiring directly from the competition. It is also quite possible that the contractual clauses contain a non-compete clause. In any case, it is now known where Levoy ended up and what his new responsibilities will be like.
Among other things, we learned from his LinkedIn profile that Levoy has been employed by Adobe as a “vice president and member” since June of that year. A colleague reports on the new position in more detail. Levoy is now supposed to be responsible for the Photoshop camera, among other tasks. The new Ps Camera for Android smartphones was released just a few weeks ago. As long as there is no non-compete clause, Google should breathe a sigh of relief that the camera legend that was once theirs now does not strengthen the competition.
Competition for Adobe’s Google Camera?
As the leaked information reveals, Levoy is said to be working on a universal camera app for Adobe. In any case, this could be a particularly interesting project. At least in our opinion, it is exciting to see if Adobe can develop a camera application that provides very good results on different smartphones. You now have the right staff on board.
I just found out that Marc Levoy, who previously led computational photography at Google, has just joined @Adobe as VP and Fellow to work on CP initiatives as well as an “Adobe Universal Camera App” 👀
You will work on the Photoshop camera, research teams and sensei
– David ImeI (@DurvidImel) July 20, 2020
Levoy had run several projects for Google that had made the pixel camera so “outstanding” in recent years. HDR +, night vision, astro mode, and portrait are said to have been developed under his direction. Bringing this back to your thoughts only underscores how much Levoy Google lacks and how Adobe could now move forward in the smartphone industry.
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