GoPro Hero 5 release date news: 'Most connected and convenient' action camera scheduled to arrive later in 2016

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The GoPro Hero 5 will be coming later this year. It’s companion drone, meanwhile, will be launched in the first half of 2016, according to reports.

During the company’s earnings call for the fourth quarter of 2015 that was held earlier this month, GoPro shared its plans for the next-generation action camera. Based on the statements of GoPro Chief Executive Officer Nicholas Woodman, it looks like GoPro Hero 5 will be a convenient and connected device.

“Later this year, we will introduce the most connected and convenient GoPro we have ever made, Hero 5,” Woodman said.

To make way for this new product, the CEO has said that GoPro will be permanently shelving the entry-level GoPro Hero line. This will start in April. In addition, the company has also decided to reduce its product lineup and focus on its newer actions cameras in a bid to increase the value of its publicly traded stocks. This, of course, includes the upcoming GoPro Hero 5 as well as the Hero 4 Session, Silver, and Black.

The company will also be introducing a new software that’s designed to work with the new camera and with its cloud services. This software comes in the form of a new desktop management app that’s slated to arrive in March. The new app aims to help users manage content much easier.

“GoPro as we have known it today has resonated with our core customer, who wants the solution so badly that they are willing to deal with the inconvenience of manually offloading and accessing and editing their content,” said Woodman. “But we are self-aware and we’re willing to acknowledge that experience is too difficult for the mass market consumer, today.”

The company has not provided specifics regarding the GoPro Hero 5 release date yet. However, new information are expected to be revealed in the months nearing to its launch.