Nikon announced its first Android-powered point-and-shoot camera, the Coolpix S800c. This Android camera sounds quite enticing on the specs sheet: it has a 16 megapixel sensor, 10x optical zoom, 1080p movie capture mode, 4GB internal storage and SD card slot, WiFi connectivity, GPS, and a 3.5-inch WVGA OLED touchscreen for navigation.
Theoretically, an Android-powered dedicated camera could come with some killer features. You can edit photos on a touchscreen with a wide array of photo-editing apps already available for the platform. You can share your photos to Instagram, Facebook, DropBox, Gmail, and other services right on the device. You can even play some SNES on your camera if you get bored.
But Nikon decided to put Android 2.3 Gingerbread on this camera and ruin everything. Gingerbread is almost 2 years old! Looking at their track record for DSLR firmware updates, I don't think Nikon will put any effort in towards upgrading the S800c to Jelly Bean or even ICS. Some apps are already dropping support for Gingerbread, and the app compatibility will only get worse over time.
Regardless of its issues, Android on cameras is an interesting concept. If this catches on, Google will probably make a Nexus camera to set some standards for camera manufacturers. I'll wait for that one.