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Samsung Galaxy S II running Android 2.3.3.

Layar: camera switches off about a second after loading a layer and stays off. App unusable.
Google Goggles: camera switches off and on rapidly in a loop. App unusable.
Barcode Scanner: camera switches off and on again sometimes.
Built-in Camera app: No problems.

What's causing this? What to do?

Correlations: this started happening this morning after I ran phone's battery dry yesterday, recharged it overnight, and installed Layar. It also crashed and rebooted once this morning when I tired opening Skype.

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I too have similar problem with Google Goggle, CamScanner. Normal camera works fine though! –  user9365 Nov 4 '11 at 12:17
This question hasn't seen mutch attention in over a year, voting to close as "Too Localized" –  Flow Aug 18 '12 at 11:40

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For anyone else having a similar problem, this seems to be lack of memory. When there's too many processes running at the same time and the application start the camera, Android runs out of memory and the application crashes before Android can free memory. I suggest you check the list of applications that run processes and uninstall some of them.

This can happen not only with camera, though. My phone used to close everything when the application started the pictures gallery or the file manager, and when trying to add a shortcut on home screen. I solved that by uninstalling memory consuming processes.

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