One of the key figures behind the Google Pixel line’s biggest selling point − camera quality − has left the company.

Marc Levoy led the development of numerous camera features for the Pixel, including Portrait Mode, Night Sight, HDR+ and astrophotography mode. The Information has now revealed that he quietly left Google in March.

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The engineer joined Google full-time in 2014, but he’s a big part of the company’s origin story.

Levoy knew Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin when he was a professor and they were students at Stanford University in the 90s (he also says he “lent a few disk drives to PhD students David Filo and Jerry Yang” around the same time, which led to the creation of Yahoo).

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