In the mobile phone circle, Google’s Pixel is a wonder. On the one hand, it’s the pro-son of a generation of giant Google, with unparalleled viability and technical prowess, and a combined share of native Andorid operating systems and AI capabilities that make rivals envious.
On the other hand, is already the fourth generation, pixel at the product level or serious bias, especially in the hardware is always a variety of problems, seriously affecting the actual use of the series experience, so that loyal fans are powerless to slot.
In this case, it’s time for the Pixel team to make a change.
Pixel, the former boss is gone, and the big picture god is gone.
As recently as May 13,media The Information broke the news that two key figures on Google’s Pixel team had left.
First, Mario Queiroz, the former head of the Pixel smartphone.
Mario Queiroz’s Linkedin page
Mario Queiroz is a Google veteran who joined Google in 2005 and spent 15 years at the club, mostly on the hardware side.
He has been involved since Google teamed up with HTC to launch the first Android phone, the G1, and is also the head of the Nexus series and later the Pixel series.
In the Pixel phase, Mario Queiroz was already Vice President of Product Management at Google, and Title is the General Manager of the Pixel Smartphone Spree.
In August 2019, he left Google’s hardware division to start working in the office of Google CEO Sundar Pichai, widely interpreted as a high-level dissatisfaction with the results of his work.
Mario Queiroz chose to leave Google in January 2020 – which is no surprise, but remains a significant personnel change for the Pixel team.
According to the information on Linkedin, Mario Queiroz joined a new company, Palo Alto Networks, in February 2020, where he currently serves as executive vice president.
In second place is Marc Levoy, a professor-level super-tech god who is responsible for the Pixel’s “crown-class feature” – the camera and the camera.
Professor-level Pixel stakes big picture
In fact, Marc Levoy has a deep connection to Google.
When Larry Page and Sergey Brin, google’s two founders, were students at Stanford University, he was an assistant professor at Stanford University.
Not only that, but when Larry Page and Sergey Brin were at school, they were in two offices with Marc Levoy.
When Google began to flourish in 2003, Marc Levoy was involved in some of Google’s projects as a consultant.
Marc Levoy has been working full-time at Google Research since 2011, with Title being Google’s Principal Engineer and Google’s Distinguished Engineer.
In fact, within Google, engineers are rated 11th, while the chief engineer is level 8 and the principal product or infrastructure leader, and the outstanding engineer is Level 9, and is a respected person (compared to a few people in Level 10 and 11, and Jeff Dean is 11).
This shows the high status of Marc Levoy.
In Google’s efforts to build the Nexus and Pixel projects, Marc Levoy’s main contribution was to lead the team in creating a range of stunning features with computer vision algorithms, such as HDR Plus mode in the Google Camera app, portrait mode, Sight, Live HDR, dual exposure control, and more.
From the first generation of Google Pixel to google Pixel 3, cameras and cameras have always been a core highlight of the Pixel’s products, and are recognized by the industry, specifically:
The first-generation Pixel earned an 89-point DXO photo rating with a specially optimized HDR-plus technology, taking first place with a single camera;
The second-generation Pixel’s DXO has a photo score of 98, again taking first place with a single shot;
The third-generation Pixel has a rating of 101, the same as the iPhone XR, and the same 12-megapixel rear-to-single-camera scheme.
As you can see, the Pixel is extremely restrained in its camera hardware, using a 12-megapixel rear single-camera scheme, and its DXO rating is largely due to algorithmic optimization.
Of course, that’s what Marc Levoy does.
There is also an example of Marc Levoy’s divine power in pixel photography and cameras. According to Android Police editor David Ruddock, he had a conversation with Marc Levoy as follows:
I remember on a flight to MWC in 2019, I happened to be sitting next to him. So we talked about astrophotography, microlight photography and other topics.
Like everyone I know, I am in awe of him, not only because of his understanding of the concepts of technical photography, but also because of his excellent interpretation of them.
To say that Google lost an asset to Marc’s departure may just be underestimating him.
Currently, Marc Levoy, who left Google, works at Stanford University as an emeritus professor of computer science and electronic engineering VMWare Founder.
Two bad stories about the Pixel 4
Mario Queiroz and Marc Levoy, the former boss of the Pixel phone business and the god who took charge of the pixel’s core features, cameras and cameras, walked away in silence.
This is a major blow for the Pixel team.
However, in The Information’s report, the Pixel team has received a lot of criticism, and there are two things to be said for it.
The first thing happened in the fall of 2019, specifically, before the Pixel 4 was released in New York in October of that year.
At that time, Google held a hardware team meeting of all staff. At the meeting, Rick Osterloh, Google’s senior vice president and head of hardware operations, informed staff of his concerns.
Rick Osterloh, Senior Vice President, Google
According to two people present, RIck Osterloh said he disagreed with some of the product decisions about the Pixel 4, particularly his frustration with the pixel 4’s battery power.
Despite this, Google released the Pixel 4 as scheduled.
This is a side indication of the problem satiday in Google’s internal product decision-making process – the Pixel 4 was Google’s most important hardware product of the year, and Rick Osterloh, the top hardware leader, was not involved in the actual product decision-making process for the Pixel 4 (otherwise he wouldn’t have been disappointed).
It’s a real shock.
So Rick Osterloh either has a leadership problem or is too attached to the Pixel.
Of course, with Mario Queiroz in the job and leaving, Rick Osterloh is currently the direct head of the Pixel’s mobile business.
Second thing: The data shows that the Pixel 4 is actually not selling well.
According to the report from The Information, IDC estimates that the Google Pixel 4 series shipped about 2 million units in the two quarters after its sale (end 2019 and early 2020).
That’s bad data, not only compared to competitors (Apple and Samsung are in the tens of millions of units), but also compared to the Pixel.
ACCORDING TO IDC, THE PIXEL 3 SHIPPED 3.5 MILLION UNITS IN THE FIRST TWO QUARTERS OF ITS SALES COMPARED TO THE PIXEL 4, COMPARED WITH NEARLY 3 MILLION UNITS IN THE PIXEL 3A.
IDC also says the Pixel’s share of the smartphone market will be just 3% in 2019 in the U.S., Google’s largest market.
This is too mismatched with Google’s massive volume and product advantages.
Personnel changes may not necessarily be a bad thing.
So, to some extent, the departure of Mario Queiroz, the Pixel’s predecessor, was also responsible for the poor market performance of the Pixel series.
So what about Marc Levoy’s departure?
Indeed, the loss of a great god is a major loss for the development of Google Pixel camera camera staking.
But don’t forget that Marc Levoy is gone, but before he left, he had a team of Google engineers working on cameras and photography, and the team was still there.
So, as Andrew Martonik, author of Android Central, argues, the departure of Marc Levoy will not have a major impact on the Pixel team’s ability to take pictures.
On the contrary, a proper personnel change is a good thing for the Pixel. After all, pixels are not short of technology, no money, not even a god, the most missing is the right product decisions, which involves the leader’s problem.
Android Central author Andrew Martonik’s point:
Leaving Google is not necessarily negative, perhaps it requires a new leadership and the right product decisions that come with it.
The worry now is whether the next Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 will be a pit again under Rick Osterloh’s personal stewardi.
Pixel 4a was almost exposed.
In fact, at last year’s pace, the Pixel 4a was supposed to be released at this year’s Google I/O conference.
But google I/O was canceled and the Pixel 4a had to be delayed because of the outbreak — and the good news is that information about the product has almost come to light.
Pixel 4a currently exposed
As things stand, the Pixel 4a’s product characteristics are as follows:
5.8-inch OLED hole-drilling screen design;
Qualcomm SnapDragon 730 processor;
12 megapixel rear single camera plus 8 megapixel front camera;
Rear fingerprint identification module;
6GB plus 64GB memory storage combination starts;
3080mAh battery capacity, supportfor 18w fast charging;
Support For Type-C;
It’s equipped with an Android 10 operating system.
The price for this product starts at $399, as with the new iPhone SE.
Of course, more information about the features of the product has yet to be officially revealed – but the Pixel 4a doesn’t seem to be too competitive given the current configuration.
And, according to XDA-Developers, the more certain news is that the Pixel 5, the flagship product to be released in the second half of the year (without incident, the name), will not be equipped with the Qualcomm SnapSnapdragon 865 flagship processor.
I don’t know what Google thinks.
Will the Pixel series be abandoned?
There was a review of the Pixel series:
There are mines at home, no bad money, there are some unique power, there are ambitions, but the short board is obvious, emotional intelligence is not enough, not enough to understand the user, wayward, but also a bit maverick.
Now, with the former boss and gods leaving, it’s a question: Will Google give up the Pixel business?