Samsung releases Galaxy Camera code, Android experts start hacking
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Nov 13, 2012 at 15:52 UTC24
Android experts are looking at the Galaxy Camera’s code to find a way to hack the newly released camera into a fully functioning phone.
Samsung officially released the open source kernel files for the Galaxy Camera to developers a few days before their U.S. launch. The camera, listed on Samsung's source code site as mobile phone “EK-GC100,” runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
The Galaxy Camera does not place phone calls even though it does blur the lines between camera and smartphone with 3G/4G and Wi-Fi connectivity, a speaker and microphone and the ability to run apps like Skype.
Over at the XDA Developers forum, Android hackers and developers are toying with the idea of turning the 16-megapixel camera into a fully-functional phone. General consensus on the forums is that it is just a matter of time before someone hacks into the core of the Galaxy Camera and enables calling just as the 3G/Wi-Fi iPad can be jailbroken to make calls. Despite the speculation and interest, no hacks have been posted.
If you could, would you use the Galaxy Camera as your phone?