Nikon signs agreement with Microsoft for Android-powered cameras

By on February 22, 2013, 12:30 PM

Nokia has signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft that will give them access to the company’s broad patent portfolio for use with certain Nikon cameras utilizing the Android platform. A press release noted the contents of the agreement would not be disclosed but Microsoft would receive royalties from Nikon.

Microsoft’s general manager of intellectual property licensing said the two companies have a long history of collaboration and this most recent agreement further demonstrates the value that both place on responsible IP licensing.

If you recall, Samsung and Nikon both announced Android-powered cameras around the same time last summer. Samsung’s shooter, known as the Galaxy Camera, includes a quad-core 1.4GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage and an SD card slot – all powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. One of the key selling points is the ability to share photos wirelessly over Wi-Fi or 3G to social networks and other services.

Nikon’s S800c hit the scene a few months later, albeit running a dated version of Android – 2.3.3 Gingerbread. The camera features the same basic abilities as the Samsung unit, allowing photographers to share their creations instantly via e-mail, Facebook or simply transfer them to a notebook, smartphone or tablet for editing. The shooter received mediocre reviews in general as the old OS, poor battery life and just average photo quality could have all been improved upon.

With this new deal, it’s pretty evident that Nikon is planning to expand on their Android-powered line of digital cameras.




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roxxas2 said:

Lol that's the dumbest thing I've seen in two years. Android powered cameras... WHO THE **** NEEDS A QUAD CORE CAMERA?!

Rippleman Rippleman said:

My grandma used to say "who needs cameras? you have a memory, silliest things ever"

Lol that's the dumbest thing I've seen in two years. Android powered cameras... WHO THE **** NEEDS A QUAD CORE CAMERA?!

1 person liked this | HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

The first like says Nokia, where as the next few lines say Nikon.

Is that on purpose or did someone have too much to drink :|

1 person liked this | wastedkill said:

Why in the hell would Nikon need to sign a agreement with microsoft for something google related? the person that did this article is either smoking weed whilst having a few bottles of vodka or this is a total lie.

Guest said:

"Why in the hell would Nikon need to sign a agreement with microsoft for something google related? the person that did this article is either smoking weed whilst having a few bottles of vodka or this is a total lie."

No, everyone that wants to make an Android device has to pay Microsoft patent fees. Surely everyone knows this by now.

1 person liked this | wastedkill said:

No, everyone that wants to make an Android device has to pay Microsoft patent fees. Surely everyone knows this by now.

Microsoft the patent troll trying to prevent innovation yet again, Microsoft should pay google patent fees for their OS!!!!

Guest said:

I thought having a decent camera that was Android based was convenient, since it allowed me to use a custom app to upload pictures to a website, but the battery life was so horrible, I returned it after using for 2-days.

wastedkill said:

I thought having a decent camera that was Android based was convenient, since it allowed me to use a custom app to upload pictures to a website, but the battery life was so horrible, I returned it after using for 2-days.

Thank microsoft for that they had to make it worse because of microsoft grabbing the profits.

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