When Polaroid dropped its Android-based compact camera at CES 2012, we knew it was a sign of what was coming. Honestly though, I didn’t think it would take as long to see an Android-powered camera from another manufacturer. This month, however, Nikon introduced the Coolpix S800c compact camera that runs Android 2.3 under the hood. I think we’re about to see an onslaught of these in the next few months – particularly at CES 2013.
The latest rumor of a non-phone Android-powered camera comes from Samsung. The electronics giant (who just got spanked by Apple over patent infringements regarding Samsung’s popular smartphones’ similarity to the iPhone) may be putting together the “Samsung Galaxy S Camera.”
Rumored specs of such camera include a 4.8″ touch screen on the back and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich powering the hybrid point and shoot. Additional specs are rumored to include a 16MP sensor, 10x optical zoom and a pop-up flash.
Moreover, the Samsung Galaxy S Camera is rumored to be offered with built-in WiFi or WiFi + 3G connectivity.