Cameras

Nikon to Release Android-Powered Camera

Polaroid made similar plan but Nikon has set an actual release date

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Nikon is following Polaroid's lead with a new pocket camera loaded with Google's Android mobile OS, giving you a high-powered pocket camera with smartphone-like capabilities, minus the phone. Unlike Polaroid, which has yet to release the SC1630 point-and-shoot camera since its January unveiling, Nikon has set a release date for the 16-megapixel Wi-Fi-enabled Nikon Coolpix S800c.

The new Nikon device works just like a normal pocket camera, but runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread with full access to Google Play. So when you're not grabbing shots of last night's adventures or your kid's soccer game, you can play a round of Cut the Rope or read a Kindle e-book. The S800c doesn't include smartphone functionality so you have to rely on a Wi-Fi connection to upload photos to Facebook or check your e-mail.