Nokia City Lens for Windows Phone Arrives in Beta

An augmented reality application to enable users to easily find places of interest

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is ramping up to offer some more appealing application to its Windows Phone users, the latest of them being Nokia City Lens.

Released in a beta version, the mobile application is meant to provide users with an augmented reality interface to find places in cities they do not yet know.

The app will provide users with info on restaurants and other places, while also delivering driving or walking directions to them, and the like.

It doesn’t matter whether you are in a new city or in your hometown. The app will prove as useful when trying to find a specific location, Nokia notes.

All you’d have to do is to fire up the software and look at the city through the phone’s camera. The augmented reality interface will overlay info on places on the real world imagery.

As soon as you have decided on heading to a specific location, simply tap in on the screen, and walking directions will immediately pop up.

At the same time, the application will enable users to make reservations straight from the phone, and will also deliver additional details on the locale.

Through Nokia City Lens, all the places that you are looking for are instantly accessible, the handset vendor notes.

Some of the main features of the mobile application include:

Locate your destination, your way - See what’s nearby the way that works best for you—whether through a camera view, list view, or maps view—including landmarks, restaurants, hotels, shops and more.

Get the details - Gather the information about a chosen spot—all at a glance. Simply tap to call for more info, read a review, or view detailed descriptions to learn everything you need to know before you go.

Share your location - With just one tap on your phone, you can share your destination with friends via social networks, SMS, or email. Quickly spread the word of where you’ll be and how to quickly get there.

Save your searches - City Lens saves your recent searches so you can look up one of your last favorite spots in just seconds. It’s a great way to jog your memory and save time—all in an instant.

You can learn some more info on the software in the video embedded below. All those interested in getting the app for a spin should head over to the Nokia Beta Labs to find it.

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