A line of Android phones and tablets bearing the Kodak name will launch in 2015, with the first Kodak smartphone launching at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

But while Kodak used to be a big name in camera and film technology, the company has fallen on hard times in recent years… and these new Android devices are pretty much Kodak products in name only.

They’ll actually be built by Bullitt Group, which is licensing the Kodak trademark.

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Bullitt also makes the CAT line of rugged smartphones.

That said, the new Kodak devices are said to feature “best-in-class image management software,” suggesting the companies hope to leverage Kodak’s reputation as an imaging technology company. They’re also designed for a specific audience of folks “who want a high-end experience but aren’t always as comfortable using increasingly complicated mobile devices as they would like to be.”

In other words, these are smartphones and tablets aimed at the tech illiterate. They’ll even come with remote management software, so friends or family members can remotely log into your device to provide support.

After launching a smartphone at CES, Bullitt/Kodak plan to introduce a model with 4G support in the second half of 2015, as well as a connected camera and a tablet.

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8 replies on “Kodak smartphones and tablets coming in 2015 (for what it’s worth)”

  1. And how shall Kodak compete with all kinds of cam component developers and makers?
    Now when some different modular smartphones will be launched 2015-2016.
    Google Project Ara concept will be launched 2015 and maybe even Phonebloks.
    Finnish Puzzlephone and Vsenn are developing their different modular smartphone concepts.

  2. I’m curious to see what kind of camera it has built-in. Give it a 10:1 optical zoom with low light capability and I might buy one.

  3. This is not from the same Kodak as the one in Rochester, NY. This
    is more likely a company which bought the license to the Kodak name

    from a bankruptcy court, the way storied companies that fell on hard
    times had their names/likenesses sold to satisfy creditors.

    1. As Brad states “They’ll actually be built by Bullitt Group, which is licensing the Kodak trademark.”

  4. Another brand “retread” hype-driven by Marketing Goons. BTW, there are plenty of solutions for “remote management”, which as described in this PR is just a way to remotely log-in to the device and gain access to the UI for remote support. Meh, moving on… Nothing to see here.

  5. The title is right: “For what it’s worth”.

    How to make a device these days:
    Step 1) Make some random gadget.
    Step 2) Slap a well known brand sticker.
    Step 3) Preload some custom interface.
    Step 4) ??????????
    Step 5) Lots of Advertising.
    Step 6) Profit.

    That is all.

  6. The cynic in me is saying “mediocre tablets with custom designed crapware” but I could be wrong.

  7. That remote management feature is reason alone to choose this product. I’ve been trying to find an equivalent for iOS and Android without much success.

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