There’s nothing that proves a market’s strength and popularity more than the ability to always innovate, reinvent and cross different technologies, so based on that rationale you can say the Android ecosystem is close to its peak.
“Phablets” and smart cameras are just two of the new niches created by Android of late, with several such products getting unveiled at CES 2013 in Vegas. Polaroid’s IM1836 is however worth a special mention, being not just another smart cam, but the first Android-powered one with interchangeable lenses.
Unfortunately, Polaroid has been unable to keep the IM1836 a secret, so its existence and almost complete spec sheet have been made public a while ago. The 18 MP sensor, 3.5-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HDMI are all confirmed now, while the suspected Android 4.0 ICS has been actually bumped to 4.1 Jelly Bean.
A number of questions still remain unanswered, like the shooter’s CPU or RAM, while the price is set in stone at $399. The Polaroid IM1836 is said to be made available sometime in “Q1 2013”, which could be tomorrow or two and a half months from now.