AT&T has announced the sale of the Samsung Galaxy Camera with a connection data plan. Users will be able to send photos using AT&T HSDPA fast data network to share photos at the same time they “click”!
With this camera you can also browse the internet but you cannot make phone calls (at least for the time being…).
Now, isn’t this interesting? Today we have most cell phones equipped with a digital camera but the quality of the photos is not as good as that you get out of a proper digital camera. And we have Memory card with embedded WiFi to let you send the picture you just took with your digital camera to Facebook or any where you like. Clearly this latter solves the problem of having a good quality camera and being able to immediately send your photo but we do not have WiFi connectivity everywhere, whilst we have a much more ubiquitous 3G connectivity.
So this explains this new product! Still, I am curious to see what kind of success it will have, What is most interesting to me is that it is something different from a phone, and yet it is being marketed by a phone company. Whilst I am sure that in the future we will have plenty of objects having an embedded connectivity and using such a connectivity as a way to deliver part of their functionality I see this move of AT&T as a way to affirm that connectivity is not embedded but explicit. You want to send photos, you need connectivity and hence you buy a camera from them.
Would you also buy a doll from AT&T in the future since that doll interact with your kid using connectivity to a server? Or is it something you will buy at a Toy Store with embedded connectivity?