ET News says that Samsung is planning to merge its Digital Imaging (aka camera) division and Mobile Communications (aka smartphone) division. Samsung says that the move is aimed at "[integrating] the technical know-how of the two business divisions into competency for differentiating our smartphones." Frankly, there were a lot of business buzzwords in Samsung's comments about the move, but the basic reasoning seems to be that Samsung believes that focusing on camera quality is a good way to stay on top in the mobile world.A report from
It is unclear when we'll be seeing the benefits of this merger, but this move seemed inevitable given Samsung's tests with the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Camera, and Galaxy NX. We're just hoping that the merger leads to fewer awkward or expensive hybrids, and more reasonably designed hardware options.