Samsung Talks Smart Cameras; Will We See an Android Model?
Last month, we looked at one of Samsung’s filings for trademark protection, revealing the name “Galaxy Camera”. That had us thinking that Samsung might be planning a device along the lines of a traditional stand-alone digital camera, but one running Android as its operating system. While the platform might sound like a little much for a one-task device, the software flexibility it would offer could create new opportunities for special-effects shots, as well as give the photographer powerful in-camera editing tools. Samsung recently talked about its imaging programs, and while it didn’t directly confirm plans for a Galaxy Camera running Android, it admits that’s one option it’s keeping in mind.
Samsung may not have mentioned Android by name, but said that it’s looking into the possibility of developing camera hardware built around an open operating system. While that gives the company any number of options, the logical path to follow would be going with Android, and trademarking the name it did seems to support this theory as well. That said, Samsung’s being pretty adamant that it hasn’t committed to anything just yet, so maybe trademarking that name was more of a precautionary move than anything. From the sound of things, Samsung’s in no rush to get a smart camera to market.