- The former Google executive behind the Pixelâ€™s camera, Marc Levoy, has joined Adobe.
- Heâ€™ll help Adobeâ€™s computational photography efforts, including a â€œuniversal camera.â€�
- It comes months after a quiet exit from Google.
Adobe has announced that Levoy is joining its ranks as a Vice President and Fellow. Â The executive will lead the companyâ€™s overall efforts in computation photography, focusing on a â€œuniversal camera app.â€� Heâ€™ll work with the Photoshop Camera team as well as the Adobe Research, Sensei, and Digital Imaging units.
The company wasnâ€™t more specific about its plans, but it did boast that Levoy would help â€œreimagine what computational photography can beâ€� for capturing and editing.
This is a significant coup for Adobe. At Google, Levoy led the team behind the Pixel phonesâ€™ HDR+, Night Sight, and Portrait camera modes, all of which use AI and other software techniques to achieve effects that might otherwise require specialized hardware. He also played a role in Street View and developed the camera for the original Google Glass.
It remains a loss for Google, though. The company lost Levoy alongside Pixel general manager Mario Queiroz, who had been involved with Google phone launches since the Nexus One. While Googleâ€™s phone hardware program isnâ€™t necessarily in danger, itâ€™s in the midst of a shakeup that could significantly alter its direction.
We interviewed Marc Levoy about the Google Pixel 4â€™s camera back in October. You can read that interview here.