Samsung Releases Galaxy Camera Code, Hackers Talk of Voice Calling

Samsung released the open source kernel files for its new Galaxy Camera late last week, something commonly done in the smartphone world — at least with certain platforms — but a foreign concept in the world of digital photography. This opens the door to all kinds of possibilities as hackers begin to peer into the cameras brain and dream up new possibilities for how it should work.

Developers are already talking about the possibility of introducing voice calling to the camera — a feature Samsung left out of the camera, presumably to avoid cannibalizing its smartphones.

Over on the xda-developers forum, there’s a thread in which photography-enthusiast developers are discussing whether or not it’s even possible for the camera to be hacked to make calls. The opinion so far is mixed, with some claiming that the camera will be able to do anything Android 4.1 allows it to do, while others say that it won’t ever be possible.

We’ll know sooner or later as the developers start receiving their cameras, but either way, VOIP calling using applications such as Skype and Google Voice should work just fine. The camera has a speaker, a microphone, and Internet connectivity through Wi-Fi or 3G/4G. Pair it with a Bluetooth headset and you won’t look ridiculous at all while chatting through it.

If you want to get your hands dirty and play around with the code yourself, you can find it over on Samsung’s source code website. Its model is “EK-GC100″, and its classification is — interestingly enough — “mobile phone.”

(via xda-developers via DPReview)

Image credit: Photo illustration based on Spring 2012 Student Hackathon Coding by hackNY

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  • Kay O. Sweaver

    If the hacks for the GH2 and Canon’s EOS cameras are any indication of what hackers can do without source code we’re in for some joy. Here’s hoping more camera companies see the light.

  • 9inchnail

    And now we need virus scanners and firewalls on our cameras as well. Nice.

  • DafOwen

    Olympus released a camera back in 2010 which accidentally already had a virus in it from new!!

  • Joakim

    So in your world, open source is equal to less security?
    So far it has been the other way around with that part. Just look at Windows, close source lots of bugs and security issues and only Microsoft can fix it and *nix with less amount of bugs and security issues and everyone with coding skills can help.

  • Khürt L. Williams

    I doubt it will be allowed to make calls since that would require a GSM chip. Also, the device is most likely not certified by the communication regulators for this use. Hacking it to do so would most likely be illegal.

  • Khürt L. Williams

    He has a point and it has nothing to do with open source or closed source. If the device runs the Android OS and apps can be installed from the marketplace then there is a potential for malicious software to find it’s way onto the device.

  • Sebastian Oliva

    It already has one, supposedly “data only”