Nikon has signed a patent licensing agreement with Microsoft that will give them access to the company’s broad portfolio of patents for use with certain Nikon cameras that use the Android platform. A press release noted the contents of the agreement would not be disclosed but Microsoft could receive royalties from Nikon.
Microsoft general manager of intellectual property licenses said the two companies have a long history of collaboration and this latest agreement further demonstrates the value you place on both IP licenses responsible.
If you remember, Samsung and Nikon announced Android both cameras around the same time last summer. Shooter Samsung Galaxy known as the House, includes a quad-core 1.4 GHz, 8 GB 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 via Wi-Fi or 3G to social networks and other services.
Nikon S800c arrived on the scene a few months later, but with an updated version of Android – Gingerbread 2.3.3. The camera has the same basic capabilities as the Samsung unit, allowing photographers to instantly share your creations via email, Facebook or simply transfer it to a laptop, smartphone or tablet for editing. The shooter received mediocre reviews in general, as the old operating system, poor battery life and picture quality could have been just half all improved.
With this new agreement, it is quite clear that Nikon is planning to expand its line of Android-powered digital cameras.