Nikon Coolpix S800 tipped as Android-powered snapper

Nikon is reckoned to be making an Android-powered camera with access to apps from Google Play.

Camera maker Nikon is rumoured to be cooking up an Android-powered snapper that has access to the Google Play shop.

The Coolpix S800 will play host to a 25-250mm lens, as well as a 3.5-inch OLED screen on the back, Nikonrumours reports. Built-in GPS for geo-tagging your snaps -- as in the S9300 , pictured -- and a Wi-Fi connection are also tipped.

The version of Android in question is apparently 2.3 Gingerbread, which is now far behind the latest edition, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean . The promise of access to the Google Play app means this is a tempting proposition -- on paper at least.

You could download Angry Birds to pass the time while you're waiting to snap some real birds in the park, or install the Twitter app and frustrate your followers by posting dozens of pictures of your cat that you only just snapped.

Though it doesn't mention where it's getting the information, the site also tips 22 August as a possible announcement date, meaning we may only have a few weeks to wait. Earlier this year Samsung was pegged to be building Android-powered cameras too .

I'm interested to see what a Nikon Android camera would look like, though I won't be getting my hopes up. At the start of the year I went hands-on with the Android-powered Polaroid SC1630 , an uninspiring bit of kit whose sluggish performance and app clutter spoiled any enjoyment I might have gleaned from the Android interface. Check out the video below to take a look for yourself.

My colleague Rich 'Wrasslin'' Trenholm wrote that instead of cameras in phones, he wants to see phones in cameras . Looks like he may be about to get his wish.

Is putting Android on a camera a good idea? Or are increasingly powerful smart phone snappers destined to wipe out compact cameras altogether? Pop your predictions in the comments below, or on our Facebook wall.

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