Kodak has yet to announce a smartphone, but that’s about to change very soon. Announced earlier this week, the company has partnered with Bullit Group to introduce a line of Android-powered devices, somehow aimed at photography enthusiasts (we would hope) and “consumers who want a high-end experience but aren’t always as comfortable using increasingly complicated mobile devices.”
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The devices themselves aren’t actually being manufactured by Kodak, but rather the aforementioned Bullit Group, who has also worked with companies like Caterpillar and JCB (to make some hardcore rugged phones), and Ted Baker (to develop some audio products).
We don’t have many details on what kind of hardware the devices will pack exactly, but we do know they’re going to have “great design and UI” according to the company’s press release (we’ll see), and it looks like the devices are going to sport most of their imaging features in the form of software rather than some kind of innovative hardware. The devices will apparently pack “bespoke image capture, management and sharing features” to help users take pictures, edit them, and print them.
And it appears that Bullit is definitely intending to take advantage of Kodak’s heritage and an older-generation of people more familiar with the brand, as the phone will also come pre-loaded with some remote management software so that family and friends (read: teenagers) can provide technical support if needed.
The devices are expected to be announced in a couple weeks at CES 2015, and we’ll be there to get a better look. Beyond that, the company also announced that it has plans to introduce a “4G handset, a tablet and a connected camera” during the second half of 2015.