Despite recent revelations from Android creator Andy Rubin that Google’s mobile operating system was originally designed for smart cameras before it was tweaked for the more popular smartphones that we’ve seen in the last few years, Android still has not been able to penetrate the smart camera market with much success despite the growing smart camera segment. Today, a number of camera manufacturers, including Sony, Samsung, Olympus, Panasonic, and others, are building cameras with wireless capabilities like WiFi, WiFi Direct, and NFC, to allow easy sharing of captured images and videos, but Android isn’t powering those systems.
While these new hardware capabilities are coming to cameras to allow for easy sharing of photos between your camera and your smartphone, TV, or laptop thanks to wireless features, they lack the Android OS, which would allow users to run familiar apps and upload images and videos directly from the camera, rather than sharing those captured memories to another device before getting uploaded to a social network.
In the past, we’ve seen some Android devices launch with limited success. The Nikon Coolpix s800c didn’t really take off because of a more dated UI that was complicated by the use of Android navigation keys while Polaroid‘s concept was just that–a concept. Samsung’s Galaxy Camera was the most successful Android-powered smart camera to date, but it’s more targeted to consumers rather than enthusiasts or pro users.