updated 11:35 am EDT, Wed March 14, 2012
Samsung may bring out Android camera this year
Samsung is considering releasing an Android-powered digital camera, Engadget learned after a tour of Samsung's Korean headquarters. The R&D staff hinted such a device may come out later in the year, which lines up with a filing for a Galaxy camera trademark. The company has a lot of experience with the Google-based mobile OS with its range of smartphones and might translate it quickly to cameras.
Such a camera would allow third parties to develop apps for it, bringing more options to users. This would be bring the phone's functionality closer to that of a smartphone, but with a real camera, a larger lens, and more settings and options. Samsung could also update the camera's software over-the-air instead of having to sync over USB.
At this year's CES, Polaroid showed off just such a camera, though it wasn't yet in production.