A new flavor of the Nokia City Lens application is now available for download for the owners of Windows Phone 7-powered Lumia handsets.The new release takes advantage of the newly introduced LiveSight technology to deliver a more precise and intuitive augmented reality experience to users.
Nokia City Lens, the application that Nokia has developed exclusively for its users, is the first in the world to take advantage of the capability.
The new Nokia City Lens 1.5 Beta app is the first step that Nokia takes towards delivering a mobile application that fully takes advantage of the power of this technology.
Following the testing period, Nokia plans on bringing the app in its final flavor to even more devices running under Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform, including the newly released Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 smartphones.
Nokia City Lens 1.5 beta was meant to make the app easier to use, while also bringing along new viewing options and other enhancements.
The list of changes in the new app release includes:
- See just what’s in front of you. Normally, City Lens shows you all the places nearby—even around the corner or a block away. In crowded areas, that can be a lot to take in. Our new Sightline features lets you switch your view to only what’s in your direct line of sight, making it easier to spot great places that are right in front of you.
- Quick info– Get information while you look. Now you can quickly view a place’s address without leaving your camera view. Just tap to view the information overlaid on your display while you keep scanning. When you’re ready to learn more about the place, another tap pulls up its complete information.
- Pause your view. When scanning your surroundings in camera view, you can now freeze your view and study your options without having to keep your phone pointed at the target.
- Pin categories to start – Your most common searches with a tap. City Lens now lets you pin favorite categories to your homescreen. Now wherever you are, you can find something you love nearby with just a tap.
Nokia City Lens also provides users with the possibility to create Live Tiles, so that they can pin favorite searches straight to the smartphone’s homescreen.
Nokia City Lens 1.5 Beta for Windows Phone 7 Lumia devices can be found on the Nokia Beta Labs.