Posts tagged: Android

The Nokia Lumia 1020 – who says a camera phone ISN’T a “real” camera?

Carrie Sylvester
 Jul 15, 2013

Nokia Lumia 1020

So you think your camera phone takes “good” pictures? Last week Nokia introduced a new smartphone that plans to change our definition of “good” mobile photos. The handset manufacturer from Finland introduced the Lumia 1020 on July 11th in New York City, a Windows smartphone that features a 41 megapixel camera with advanced photo features.

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Connectivity and “Smart” – Most Interesting Camera Features

Carrie Sylvester
 May 17, 2013

Just because the camera phone — you know those handy cameras on feature phones and smartphones – has become the everyday camera for many people doesn’t mean it’s all doom and gloom for traditional cameras. In the most recent InfoTrends Digital Camera End User study we found that digital cameras are still being used to take more photos on average than a camera phone and used more often for special occasion photos. The survey also asked a “blue sky” question about interest levels in some current and possible digital camera offerings. Read more »

Who’s Getting a Tablet for Christmas?

Alan Bullock
 Oct 16, 2012

In April of this year, InfoTrends surveyed more than 1,300 U.S. adult consumers about their use of smartphones, tablets, and Internet-connected television. We found that about 31% of them were using a tablet — more than double the percentage from a similar survey just ten months earlier. We expect the growth of tablets to continue for quite some time, fueled in part by the flood of lower-cost devices recently announced (and rumored to be announced) before the holiday season. In fact, nearly 36% of those not already using a tablet indicated that they thought they would purchase one in less than a year. Read more »

Smart Cameras and Facebook Printing Dominate Late Summer News

Alan Bullock
 Sep 6, 2012

It’s hard to recall a week with so much interesting news in the photo industry since the glory days of PMA trade shows. With Photokina less than a month away, the eight days from Wednesday, August 22, to Wednesday, August 29 saw a number of significant announcements hit the wires. Here are the highlights… Read more »

Cameras Get Smart – Nikon goes Android

Carrie Sylvester
 Aug 24, 2012

Nikon COOLPIX S800c

Smart, meet camera. Camera, meet…Android, apps, connectivity, Facebook, GPS, Instagram-like in-camera editing…also known as The Future. The new Nikon Coolpix S800c says to the smartphone “Anything your camera can do, mine can do better.”

What is it?

The Coolpix S800c is Nikon’s first “Smart Camera” to combine its camera imaging expertise with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), Google’s mobile platform. This is not the first smart camera to be announced this year. At the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January, Polaroid announced the SC1630 smart camera, a 16 MP Android-based camera. However, the camera has not launched yet, and it is questionable whether it will ever make it to market.

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Walgreens Goes After the Mobile Print Market

David Haueter
 Aug 17, 2012

With more consumers using smartphones as everyday cameras, vendors in the photo output market are striving to come up with easier ways to print photos captured on mobile devices. Walgreens is one of the leading retailers in the U.S. market, and has been proactive in going after the mobile photo market. Back in July, they introduced a developer portal that allows third-party software developers to integrate the Walgreens QuickPrints software development kit (SDK) into their apps, which will enable photo printing directly from iOS and Android mobile devices. The QuickPrints SDK is already implemented into seven partner apps, and is the first time that Walgreens has provided an open interface for developers to integrate their in-store services.

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Google and Motorola Join Circles

Carrie Sylvester
 May 23, 2012

On May 22, 2012, Google’s deal to purchase Motorola Mobility became official. The final purchase price was $12.5 billion. Google will run Motorola Mobility as a separate business that will be headed by Dennis Woodside, former President of Google’s Americas region. Woodside has created a team of new executives with varied industry backgrounds (DARPA, Amazon and NVIDIA) along with some members of Motorola Mobility’s team. Under the terms of the acquisition, Motorola Mobility will remain a licensee of the Android operating system and Android will remain open.

The big questions on many minds is what does this mean for Google’s open platform and how does it benefit the mobile industry?

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DILCs Jump on the Connected Bandwagon

Ed Lee
 Apr 19, 2012
 
Since 2007, InfoTrends has been promoting the need for a Connected Experience in the photography market. While Wi-Fi enabled cameras have seen some fits and starts, the concept has not become an everyday reality. Camera vendors have been slow to respond to the threat of smartphones and have allowed them to set the stage for a connected experience. InfoTrends has been encouraging camera vendors to add connectivity to their cameras in order to remain relevant in the Connected Era of photography. Since 2012 began, Canon, Fujifilm, Kodak, Samsung, and Sony have announced a total of nine Wi-Fi enabled point & shoot cameras. However, consumer digital interchangeable lens cameras (DILC) have remained outside the mix. That is until today.

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Facebook Announces Agreement to Buy Instagram

David Haueter
 Apr 10, 2012

Facebook will be making the largest acquisition in its history when it acquires the incredibly popular Instagram photo app, a deal which was announced on Monday and should be completed in this quarter. Facebook has agreed to pay approximately $1 billion in cash and stock for Instagram, which has gained around 30 million users since it launched in January 2011. Instagram doesn’t have any significant sources of revenue, but reportedly closed a deal for $50 million in funding just last week (at a $500 million valuation — hello instant payoff!). Facebook will also acquire Instagram’s entire team of employees in the deal, which only consists of around a dozen people in the San Francisco area. Read more »

The iPhone 4S: A Cool Phone with a Sweet 8MP Camera: But It’s NOT the iPhone 5!

Carrie Sylvester
 Oct 5, 2011

On Tuesday, October 4, the Apple fans (and even the “not so much” fans) waited in anticipation to hear all about the iPhone 5. Sure enough, an announcement was made… but it was for the iPhone 4S rather than the 5.

Some people were surely let down when Tim Cook walked on stage to make this much-anticipated announcement. Many were sure that yesterday was going to mark the launch of the iPhone 5, and instead it turned out to be news of a souped-up version of the iPhone 4. I myself would typically grumble about the hype and wonder why the world goes crazy over these launch events… particularly when the news turns out to be somewhat anticlimactic. Instead, this self-professed “not so much” Apple fan yet avid camera lover (traditional or mobile) was thrilled to hear that Apple had further stepped up its game by including an 8MP embedded camera in its newest smartphone.

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