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Kodak & Bullit to debut a smartphone for photography enthusiasts at CES 2015

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Kodak & Bullit to debut a smartphone for photography enthusiasts at CES 2015
Remember Kodak? The iconic imaging company is still out there, and it has an intriguing announcement to make. Apparently, it's partnering with mobile device maker Bullit (a contractor for Caterpillar, Ted Baker, and JCB) to produce a - wait for it - "a range of Android mobile devices offering best-in-class image management software and features, along with great design and user experience".

The range of devices will encompass two handsets, a tablet, and a connected camera. All will come with "bespoke image capture, management, and sharing features" along with "advanced remote management software". One of the smartphones will be shown at CES 2015 in January.

The Kodak-branded phones will be offering "the latest Android OS and features found on high-end smartphones" while giving users easy access to photo printing and sharing services. As smartphone enthusiasts, we like to see Kodak's heritage carry over to this bustling market. Godspeed!

source: Bullit Group

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posted on 23 Dec 2014, 08:39 1

1. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)

Kodak = legend, but this phone's going to suck most likely.

posted on 24 Dec 2014, 00:21

14. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

not fully we will have to see next month

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 08:54 2

2. iOSLMFAO (banned) (Posts: 290; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

This may just end Kodak. I used to sell cameras, and Kodak was the apple of the digital camera world (relying on name recognition to sell, very simple and severely lacking in features), their digital cameras straight up sucked.
I wish them well, but odds are they just wasted millions in R&D for products nobody is going to buy.

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 09:15 1

4. epic_ninja420 (Posts: 99; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)

Except Apple's cameras on Iphone have always been at the top or near the top . The last time IIRC Kodak branded a phone it was a Motorola that was exclusive to T-Mobile. Motozine ZN5.

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 10:13 3

6. iOSLMFAO (banned) (Posts: 290; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)

1) Their cameras are mediocre, at best, and Sony makes them.
2) The Motozine kind of proves my point. I don't want Kodak to fail, but I predict it will be the Fire phone and whatever Firefox called their phone all over again. It's going to fail, and fail hard.Kodak has lost a tremendous amount of relevance and clout. How many people, young folks especially, even remeber Kodak exists?
It's too late in the smartphone game for many manufacturers to hop on board, as evidenced by Amazon, Facebook, and Firefox all trying their hand and failing miserably. Kodak may surprise, but I wouldn't bet on it.

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 15:45

11. jojon (Posts: 360; Member since: 11 Feb 2014)

Sadly, you are spot on...great post!

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 18:07

12. mcoomes (Posts: 16; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)

I am not sure you're entirely wrong in your assessment, but I will play devil's advocate anyway, specifically with regard to:

"Kodak has lost a tremendous amount of relevance and clout. How many people, young folks especially, even remeber Kodak exists?"

And this means what....exactly? There was a time, once, when Apple wasn't exactly high and mighty, either. JC Penney is on a roll now, back from the brink of death. Sears appears to be dying, after being THE source for just about everything. Circuit City, once a high flyer, is gone. The point is, we have no idea how this will turn out. If I was rolling a bet, I'd bet against Kodak, but NOT because it can't be done.

Of course it can, there are really only two tricks for virtually any company to "make it". One, great marketing; for people buy into campaigns way, way more than they should.

Two: Simply produce something at or better than what's out there, charge less for it, and once it takes off, recoup your initial expenditures with a higher price tag than the others.

Even the epic fail Firephone by Amazon would have been alright with a NON-exclusive agreement with AT&T, a free year of Prime, free shipping on any Amazon purchase made with the phone for 1 year, and an off the shelf price of $149 (maybe $179). And sure, there are a few other tweaks to have been made, but I'm not developing a full on business model here. :)

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 13:16 1

8. DracheMitch (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)

Why do people always mis-remember this? The iPhone had a pretty awful camera until the iPhone 4. While.other cameras had flashes, the iPhone didn't. When other cameras added dual LED and Xenon, the iPhone had one LED, and the coating on the lens caused a purple flare that had to be corrected in software.

It wasn't until the iPhone 5 that the camera became usable, and the iPhone 5s when it started to be a leader in image quality, mainly thanks to FINALLY adding dual LED.

The 2 companies whose cameras have always been at or near the top are Samsung and Nokia. And even to this day, Nokia is the only company to put pro-grade lenses in their devices, the first to use pixel oversampling, the first to use OIS in a phone...check out an 808 Pureview or the Lumia 1020. They STILL trounce the iPhone 6+

People only think the iPhone is any good because for many Americans, it is the only smartphone they have owned, and "the best camera is the one that's with you" saying holds especially true for iPhone owners.

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 15:26

10. epic_ninja420 (Posts: 99; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)

Except that Sony provides the cameras for Samsung. At the end of the day pixel oversampling, OIS, pro grade lenses(laughable on a phone regardless of who made it) dont mean squat if the person using it doesnt know what they are doing. I have a Z3 which is supposed to have a superior camera but I can attest its average at best and Superior auto is hot garbage. The one thing Apple gets right is being able to get a quality shot without having to tinker with settings. If i want to fiddle with exposure values, ISO and such I'll bring along my DSLR.

posted on 24 Dec 2014, 00:32

15. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

its all about the software and kodak knows photos if the unit has amazing image sampling then it can make it but cat phones never had high end specs thats why people didn't buy them also no advertising flooding on super bowl i think gs6 will ad on super bowl

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 09:15 2

3. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

if the specs are legendary and they make a Windows phone version I would love to check it out, at least I know if they do not give updates, Microsoft will with developer preview and since they say in the future developer preview will come with firmware updates, I would be okay taking a chance with a Kodak phone, but it have to be Windows. If its android, I need a letter with a signature that it will get updates and fixes, lol, I am joking about the letter, but I do need to see how serious they are about it, but it has to be really good to take me away from my Lumia 1520, because like I wrote in another post, it have no slow downs, no reboot problems, none of those things I had with android, and best part I do not have to do a hard reset to get it going smooth again like when I first got it, this a major reason why I like the windows os its stable and fast, and since I do not customize like that or root or flash or download a ton of apps, the phone fit my needs perfectly, crazy part it have all the apps that I have on my back up phone Lg G2, except the reading program my little cousin use to read when she sign in for class, so yeah, kodak surprise me, I prefer windows os, but if its android and its well made, top of line specs and etc, maybe I sell my LG G2 and use the kodak for my back up phone

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 09:59 3

5. kanagadeepan (Posts: 981; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

Yes... They should make Windows phone... It will kill the dying giant faster, comparing to Android, imho...

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 13:24 1

9. DracheMitch (Posts: 5; Member since: 21 Jan 2014)

Only Samsung is making any money with Android. So...how is Android a better choice? Seriously, look at any of the top vendors by sales, and you will see that their Android phone division constantly posts losses. HTC almost went bankrupt because of Android. Sony keeps saying they aren't going to make any more Android phones.

You don't need to take my word for it, check your Google. Seriously. SAMSUNG IS THE ONLY ONE MAKING MONEY ON ANDROID

posted on 24 Dec 2014, 00:37 1

16. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

well i see your not the smart cookie,
htc made a profit all of them did sony how ever is another beast they are just stupid in business practices you dont sell to the biggest tech country you put 1 phone in tmobile no advertising and think people will buy it indian people dont even buy sony for the name anymore, they should have there phones in all usa markets and other americas plus canada and put ads saying we make the best cell cameras for all the top phones in the world but this time we kept the best for us.
the big problem is any one can make a cell phone know and thats what it is companies in countries that have cheap work force sell mid and high range android phones and listen to the people on what they want not like the others that think they know what we want.

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 11:45

7. Jonas_london (Posts: 26; Member since: 02 Dec 2014)

Dont have high hopes from kodak smartphone is a different ball game. Sony makes one of the best camera but but still cant mastered that art in their smartphones even after four year, oem who used sony sensors came up with better results then sony itself. I dont think kodak will spring a surprise and give run for the money to iphone and best of android yes bit they may sell some phone coz its a brand name straight away

posted on 23 Dec 2014, 19:00 1

13. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Didn't Kodak went bankrupt?

posted on 24 Dec 2014, 09:52

17. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Yea, I thought they were officially shuttered, like 2 years ago.

posted on 24 Dec 2014, 10:31

18. justsayit (Posts: 256; Member since: 09 May 2013)

i wish they still making film..

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