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Samsung to tackle Android-powered cameras next?

After emerging as one of the largest players in the Android smartphone space, the manufacturer is said to be evaluating new Android-based endeavors like a camera.

All this camera is missing is a little Android.

What do you if you're Samsung and you've pretty much conquered the Android smartphone landscape?

Well, according to a recent Engadget report, the company is now evaluating the Android-based digital camera market.

The tech blog recently spent some time touring Samsung Korea's headquarters where it learned that the manufacturer's R&D department is considering an "open" camera operating system. Given that Samung has been a big advocate of Android for smartphones and tablets, it stands to reason that they would use Android for the camera. Engadget also reports that the company did not show any particular prototypes and that Sammy has since clarified that all the idea is still under consideration.

Should Samsung ultimately decide to step into this space, it would not be the first company to release an Android-based digital camera. Polaroid recently announced its SC1630 camera at CES and expects to have it on the market later this year. Featuring a 16-megapixel camera and 3x f3.1-5.8 36-108mm zoom lens, it's said to be the first of multiple devices from Polaroid.

I've expected to see Android-powered digital cameras for quite some time now, even once thinking they would beat tablets to the market. For whatever reason, though, there just has not been any movement on this front.

Considering all of the photo filter apps on the market and just how much we all love to share pictures of our sushi, I like the idea of Samsung getting involved. As good as some of the cameras are on today's smartphones, they simply aren't on par with standalone devices.

What's your thought on a digital camera that happens to run Android? Does the idea of taking high-resolution photos and instantly sharing to Twitter and Instagram appeal to you?