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Samsung isn't blazing any new trails with the idea of Android running on a digital camera — Polaroid is one step ahead — but the concept is one that the company's R&D team is considering. The move towards an “open” camera ecosystem based on the operating system that has seen great success with Samsung's smartphone lineup doesn't seem like much of a stretch, either. Just look to the Galaxy Camera trademark filed last month.
The idea is far from final. It's not even certain that the Korean manufacturer has a prototype design in the early stages of development. What is clear is that the use of Android would allow for a greater range of capabilities such as quick and easy social photo sharing, the ability to seamlessly sync with an Android smartphone, and the possibility of third-party camera applications.
There is still a lot of work to be done in realizing the concept. As Polaroid's Smart Camera demonstrates, it's not enough to just slap Android onto a digital camera and call it a day. We suspect Samsung would do quite a bit of modification in terms of UI and functionality in order to achieve their vision of an Android-powere camera.