Samsung’s Galaxy Camera not only runs Android like a smartphone, it will also have a data plan much like your favorite handset.
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Announced earlier this year, AT&T said Thursday that it will be bringing the smart camera to its network “in the coming weeks.”
Like some of the newest smartphones on the block, the Galaxy Camera will come running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the latest version of Android. So in addition to snapping pictures, you’ll also be able to run Android apps on the camera’s display.
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That means better Instagram photos -- and more importantly the ability to share the pictures you take with your camera instantly with friends on web.
“Wirelessly enabling Samsung’s Galaxy Camera will create a significant shift in how consumers share and communicate with photos and videos,” said Chris Penrose, senior vice president, AT&T Emerging Devices in a statement.
“By posting instantly to social networking sites or sending directly to another device, the person behind the lens is essentially offering family and friends the opportunity to share in the moments as they are actually experiencing them.”
The Galaxy Camera takes pictures at a 16-megapixel resolution, has a 21x optical zoon, and will run on AT&T’s 4G network.
The camera also borrows some features from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III smartphone such as AllShare Play, which allows you to transfer photos between other Samsung devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and Buddy Photo Share which automatically tags faces of existing device contact in photos.
The Galaxy Camera was part of a number of new products announcements made by AT&T on Thursday. In addition to the camera AT&T also announced it will be exclusively carrying HTC’s newest One smartphones, and two Windows 8 tablets, the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and Asus VivoTab RT.
AT&T has not announced pricing for the Galaxy Camera or its data plan.
What do you think about the Galaxy Camera? Would you want a 2-year contract or monthly bill for your point-and-shoot camera? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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