According to a report on Gizmochina, Canon is looking at collaborating with smartphone manufacturers. This is from an interview with Mr Hiroki Ozawa, Chairman of Canon China, published on cnBeta.

When translated to English, on the subject of smartphone manufacturers collaborating with camera companies, Mr Hiroki Ozawa says that Canon “has been studying this matter. As for when we will take further action, this still needs to be considered and further decided. Now that we have noticed this trend of the times, we will also make our own independent judgments according to the requirements of the times.” (via Google Translate)

Zeiss collaborating with Sony Xperia smartphones

Sony Xperia PRO-I Cameras, with Zeiss 24mm equivalent F2-4.0 lens.

Historically there have been a number of camera companies working with smartphone manufacturers, with Carl Zeiss famously working with Nokia through the years. Currently Hasselblad work with Oppo and Oneplus (part of BBK), and Zeiss branding can be found on Sony’s latest smartphones, including the Sony Xperia 1 V. Leica branding can be found on the Xiaomi 13, 13 Pro and 13 Ultra – previously Leica worked with Huawei mobile.

Whether this results in anything happening in the future, is unknown, as stories like this have routinely resulted in little happening. Previous rumours have involved Olympus working with Samsung, but this clearly hasn’t come to anything. And as Wikipedia would say “[citation needed]”.

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