The greatest advantage Android has over iOS is flexibility and adaptability. Android has been built so tactfully that it can work on as many types of hardware and chip-architectures as possible. You name it and Android would run on it. That’s indisputably the prime reason why Android has found world-wide recognition and paved its way into flagship devices of leading smartphone manufacturing companies like Samsung, Sony, Motorola, HTC and many more.
So far, the flexibility and the adaptability have been constrained only to the smartphone-breed. You cannot expect the stock version of Android- be it Jellybeans or Ice Cream Sandwich to run on your TV or smart-watch. Though Android core can be customized to run easily on many types of devices, the interface apparently would be rough-hewn and won’t be optimized to run perfectly.
Hence, each category should have its own customized interface. Android has already paved its way into smartphones, tablets, TVs, smartphones, gaming consoles and now is all set to enter a whole new world of Digital Cameras.
Digital Camera manufacturers seek revival by stocking Android UI as smartphones are rapidly replacing digital cameras. The Digital-camera concept has been under attack following the inclusion of sophisticated camera lenses in the latest flagship devices of leading smartphone manufacturing companies. If the trend continues, Digital Cameras could soon be an extinct species.
If Digital Camera manufacturers want to survive in the market, they would need to make ‘Point and shoot’ cameras irreplaceable for smartphones, or ironically, much like smartphones.
Samsung has already set the wheels turning in developing the first ever Android powered digital camera. Expect more companies to follow Samsung, if the concept fares well with main-stream digital camera buying audiences. We expect the likes of Sony or Samsung, who have unparalleled expertise in developing quality smartphones as well as digital cameras to come up with an innovative solution which bridges the gap between smartphones and digital cameras, and makes digital cameras- a distinct breed in itself.
The transfer of ideas would lead to significant improvements in camera technology (hardware and software), which could improvise the image-quality in both smartphones as well as cameras. The only limitation Digital Cameras would have is the lack of Dual-core or Quad-core processor to do the intense high-end processing. That’s another viable reason why Android cannot be integrated directly into Digital cameras. Perhaps, a lighter and more refined version needs to be integrated.
On a closing note, we would like to emphasize on how the existence of Android-powered digital cameras would create a unified ecosystem of camera apps. Imagine how awesome it would be to have digital cameras support multiple shooting modes and photo-editing apps like Instagram, Pixlr-o-matic or Picasa. Considering that Eye-Fi technology is also under-way, we could see Android alter the whole dynamics of snapping world.
The equation would then be- Snap, Share, Store, Revise, Revive, Rejoice.