Feb 09 AT 2:38 PM Edgar Cervantes 17 Comments

Is a Samsung Galaxy Android camera in the works?

samsung-galaxy-camera Image via: Xataca

As he mentioned during an interview last October, Andy Rubin’s dream is to see Android on every screen. A couple of years ago, that might have seemed like something impossible, but we are getting very close to such a world. With Samsung being one of the biggest players in Android, we are not surprised to see that they might be working on an Android camera.

Samsung has filed a trademark for a device called the “Samsung Galaxy Camera” via the USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office). As always, we do not yet know if this is for a device, a service, an app, or if it will even become anything at all (We have seen multiple companies file for trademarks they’ve never used).

We have seen Polaroid make an attempt at a standalone Android camera as well. Granted, the device we saw at CES was not the best device in the world, but after speaking to Executive Vice President and COO Emanuel Vorona, he assured me that Polaroid’s commitment to Android is strong. He even mentioned that the final product would be much better than what we saw at CES, and he just rushed those so we could have something to see at the show.

We still do not know to what extent Samsung would take the Android OS into a camera. The Polaroid Android camera was essentially a camera with a phone in it (as opposed to a phone with a camera). It makes us wonder what Samsung’s possible product could be like. Will it also have phone capabilities? Would it work as a WiFi-only device? Will it even have the full capabilities of the operating system, or will it be limited to better fit its purpose?

These, among with other factors will have to be considered by Samsung. We sure hope that they can find a good balance and make a great device. And if Polaroid steps up its game well enough, we might be seeing great Android cameras in the near future.

Being able to edit your pictures with apps, directly from your camera, would be really fun. Not only that, but one could also easily share images through social networks, or upload them to the cloud without needing to connect it to a computer.

As already mentioned, we do not know if Samsung is actually working on something like this. It is simply speculation based on a trademark it has filed for. But let us know your opinions. Do you guys believe we need good Android cameras, or would you prefer phones with better cameras? Would all the photographers out there like to see Android on their DSLR cameras some day?

Via: Xataca

Source: USPTO

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    I’ve been dreaming about a Micro 4/3 Android camera. Imagine all the possibilities with standard interchangeable lens, and the freedom to choose different camera “apps”!

  • Jeff Pan

    That would be awesome!

  • yankeesusa

    Now this camera I would buy. The best of both worlds plus its got a slot for a bigger flash. This is great. Android has so much more potential. This is great! Eat your heart out ios

  • greeny42

    This is interesting, but I’m more excited about Lytro light field cameras more than anything else.

    • Edgar Cervantes

      I love the idea of Lytro cameras! I am thinking of buying one, myself… lol

    • Owain

      ‘Lytro’ technology has been around for years, though really only confined to where it has practical use (in microscopes)… The way the technology works severely hinders resolution… it would only be practical in consumer device if sensors offer significantly higher resolutions with very little noise… This may well happen, but not for a while – a much more likely method to achieve the same result would be available is sensors were sufficiently sensitive to have incredibly fast shutter speeds and thus be able to ‘refocus and snap’ at different focal lengths in very quick succession – resulting images would be much, much higher resolution than anything ‘lytro’ could offer.

  • droilfade

    Wow! This would be cool!

  • spazby
  • Ian Sapp

    I think it’d be nice to have a Point and Shoot quality device running the Galaxy S Camera App which could then also launch the gallery for viewing photos and uploading them to different places.

    I don’t really think it needs full capabilities of the OS. Why you would want to play Angry Birds on your camera is beyond me. But a point and shoot with upload and edit features would be really nice

  • Leo Young

    I wonder what amazon pays to have 3G service to its book readers? It can’t be that much. A Samsung Camera would not need to have 3G capability but if it really was a matter of only a buck or two, it would be nice.

    Even with only wifi, the ability to move the pictures around, adjust them on camera or move them to the tablet to adjust them with some more screen real estate, would be nice.

    As far as android for apps on the camera, I can see HDR software or panorama or stitching or other camera applications as natural additions.

    I think what really gets me going the thought of the applications that none of us have imagined yet. What will emerge when the cameras get smart?

    I am excited.

    • honourbound68

      You wouldn’t need 3G to move it to a tablet. Let it have Bluetooth and we’re good to go

  • Bart

    There is nothing wrong with the idea of a camera running android, as it has a lot of possibilities. However, I’m not a big fan of the hardware samsung uses for their current point and shoot cameras. Most of their cameras don’t even use CMOS sensors, and the ones that do are still plagued with huge amounts of noise in the photos.

  • Max.Steel

    Pointless.

  • amgala

    Samsung has put wifi into their current gen digital cameras, as well as instant upload to social media. They showed these phones during their press conference at CES I believe. I guess an Android camera would be the logical next step to eventually adding more functionality and features to their “smart” cameras!

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    I would love a Samsung Galaxy Camera, a Samsung Galaxy TV and pretty much Samsung Galaxy everything, all connected to my Google Cloud service and running the latest Android/Chrome. Yes, I would be a happy man.

  • aranea

    A wi-fi enabled, flexible OS loaded camera will be refreshing.

  • damambt

    Those poloroid cameras are gross.

  1. I’ve been dreaming about a Micro 4/3 Android camera. Imagine all the possibilities with standard interchangeable lens, and the freedom to choose different camera “apps”!

  2. That would be awesome!

  3. Now this camera I would buy. The best of both worlds plus its got a slot for a bigger flash. This is great. Android has so much more potential. This is great! Eat your heart out ios

  4. This is interesting, but I’m more excited about Lytro light field cameras more than anything else.

    • I love the idea of Lytro cameras! I am thinking of buying one, myself… lol

    • OwainGuest 3 years ago

      ‘Lytro’ technology has been around for years, though really only confined to where it has practical use (in microscopes)… The way the technology works severely hinders resolution… it would only be practical in consumer device if sensors offer significantly higher resolutions with very little noise… This may well happen, but not for a while – a much more likely method to achieve the same result would be available is sensors were sufficiently sensitive to have incredibly fast shutter speeds and thus be able to ‘refocus and snap’ at different focal lengths in very quick succession – resulting images would be much, much higher resolution than anything ‘lytro’ could offer.

  5. Wow! This would be cool!

  6. Ian SappGuest 3 years ago

    I think it’d be nice to have a Point and Shoot quality device running the Galaxy S Camera App which could then also launch the gallery for viewing photos and uploading them to different places.

    I don’t really think it needs full capabilities of the OS. Why you would want to play Angry Birds on your camera is beyond me. But a point and shoot with upload and edit features would be really nice

  7. I wonder what amazon pays to have 3G service to its book readers? It can’t be that much. A Samsung Camera would not need to have 3G capability but if it really was a matter of only a buck or two, it would be nice.

    Even with only wifi, the ability to move the pictures around, adjust them on camera or move them to the tablet to adjust them with some more screen real estate, would be nice.

    As far as android for apps on the camera, I can see HDR software or panorama or stitching or other camera applications as natural additions.

    I think what really gets me going the thought of the applications that none of us have imagined yet. What will emerge when the cameras get smart?

    I am excited.

  8. BartGuest 3 years ago

    There is nothing wrong with the idea of a camera running android, as it has a lot of possibilities. However, I’m not a big fan of the hardware samsung uses for their current point and shoot cameras. Most of their cameras don’t even use CMOS sensors, and the ones that do are still plagued with huge amounts of noise in the photos.

  9. Samsung has put wifi into their current gen digital cameras, as well as instant upload to social media. They showed these phones during their press conference at CES I believe. I guess an Android camera would be the logical next step to eventually adding more functionality and features to their “smart” cameras!

  10. I would love a Samsung Galaxy Camera, a Samsung Galaxy TV and pretty much Samsung Galaxy everything, all connected to my Google Cloud service and running the latest Android/Chrome. Yes, I would be a happy man.

  11. A wi-fi enabled, flexible OS loaded camera will be refreshing.

  12. Those poloroid cameras are gross.