Nikon to expand Android OS to cameras

Nikon to expand Android OS to cameras
What do you do if you are a camera company and your point and shout cameras are coming under fire from camera-equipped smartphones? If you are Nikon you apparently decide to fight fire with fire, and release a camera with a mobile operating system. According to the website Nikon Rumors, the upcoming Coolpix s800 will come running stock Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) complete with Google Play access, allowing you to get through a couple more levels of Angry Birds Space in those downtimes on your next photo shoot.

The full list of rumored specs include:

  • 25-250 mm lens
  • 3.5" OLED screen
  • The camera runs all Google Play apps
  • The camera will probably run Android 2.3
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Possible announcement: August 22, 2012

The lack of a cell radio means that these cameras won’t truly be mobile devices, but with built in Wi-Fi and a full-fledged mobile operating system it’s not hard to imagine that offloading picture to the cloud and direct posting to social media could be popular features for the point and shoot crowd. It’s not hard to imagine this sort of feature creeping up into the prosumer digital SLR cameras if they find success with the initial model.

What about you guys? Do you want a camera with a mobile OS running on it, or are you satisfied with the not-so-smart cameras? Or heck, have you already eschewed cameras altogether in favor of the phone camera that is always in your pocket?

source: Nikon Rumors via The Verge

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