Did you know Polaroid was still in business? Neither did I. I thought the digital camera revolution pretty much pushed them over the edge of the Internet.
But they're still around, and now they're doing Android.
The Polaroid PoGo 3x4 Instant Print portable printer can print photos right from your Android phone using their free app and a Bluetooth connection. You can also use a USB connection if you enjoy messing about with cables. Polaroid has had a PoGo printer for a more than a year that printed 2 x 3 inch photos on stickyback paper (peel off the protective paper to stick, keep it on otherwise). They will introduce a 3 x 4 inch version for the holidays this year. The 2 x 3 printer is available for $49.99 in the US, and 30 sheets of Zink paper for $12.99 at US retailer Target. The new 3 x 4 printer is expected to retail for around $100.
The photographic paper is a zero-ink product called Zink. It works by having colorless dye crystals embedded in paper with a polymer coating. The printer heat-treats the Zink paper which activates the cyan, magenta and yellow dyes to produce full color images.
Here's a screenshot from the Polaroid PoGo app:
It allows frame shooting with 79 different styles of frame, text input, and the ability to divide frames into 2 x 2 inch images. It has color calibration and optimization, auto focus, and of course, it can print to a PoGo device. Android 2.0 and up is required (1.6 on Sony Xperia), with a screen size of at least 480 x 800. It also requires an SD card.
And for your moment of neener neener toward your iPhone-toting friends, Pogo's iOS version is languishing in Apple App Store Approval Limbo. Apple is extra deliberative (a technical term for slow) with Bluetooth features in their approval process.