Kodak, one of the world’s best-known photographic brands, is to launch a range of smartphones and tablets in 2015. These Android-powered mobile devices will be loaded with Kodak’s own image capture, picture management and sharing features. The first smartphone will be launched at the CES 2015 trade show in January, with a 4G handset, a tablet and a connected camera due to be confirmed in the second half of the year.
All the new Kodak mobile devices will be produced by UK-based manufacturer Bullitt Group, which currently makes rugged mobile devices for JCB and CAT.
Oliver Schulte, CEO of Bullitt Mobile, said “Kodak is one of the world's most recognisable brands. It is trusted by consumers as a marque of quality and innovation. We’ve taken that heritage and used it to inspire a range of beautifully designed devices that will let users take great pictures and edit, share, store and print them in an instant. Delivering simplicity without compromise, these devices will address a segment of the mobile device market that has been poorly served to date. By giving customers easy access to printing and sharing services while still offering the latest Android OS and features found on high-end smartphones, we will appeal to a large audience of users who value ease of use and stylish design as highly as they value functionality.”