The invention dawn of the App Store meant that many thousands of developers were able to get their apps and creations seen by millions of people all over the world, and in some instances the apps turned over a very nice and welcome financial profit. One of the most successful and immediately recognizable apps, as well as being one that has left the developers in an extremely handsome financial position has to be Instagram, which has notched up millions of regular active members.
Instagram is a great example of an app success story which started out on the iOS platform before being ported across to Android, and then ultimately being purchased by Facebook. So what could possibly be next for the photo sharing network now that it lives on both major mobile platforms and has more cash than you could tuck under your mattress? If the NikonRumors blog is anything to go by, we could be about to see an actual purpose built camera being released that ships with Instagram functionality. Yes, Instagram!
The report suggests that Nikon is working on an Android-powered camera that will form a major part of their CoolPix range and will be introduced to the world some time next month. One of the major draw-in of the point-and-shoot camera will be; it will come bundled with the Google Play Store, enabling users to connect directly to marketplace to download compatible apps. Although we haven’t actually had any official release confirmation about the device, it’s being speculated that it could feature a 3.5-inch OLED display with built-in GPS functionality and the ability to connect to wireless networks for internet connectivity.
Having other consumer electronic type devices that run on operating systems has always been something in the back of my mind, with Android being the perfect platform to use, thanks to its open-source nature which allows anyone to use or modify the source according to their needs and tastes. It also makes sense to be able to run some of the premium photography apps which we are used to seeing in the Play Store, considering that the CoolPix range of cameras are capable of taking such awesome photos. If the camera is to become a reality, then we don’t have to wait long as it could be unveiled at the Photokina show on August 22nd.