Today, Nokia has officially announced an enhancement to its Nokia Refocus application that should make a lot of users out there very happy, namely support for all Lumia devices running under the Windows Phone 8 operating system.
Until now, the mobile software was available only for Lumia handsets with PureView cameras inside, but the company has decided to bring it to more users out there, it seems.
Nokia Refocus was made official in November last year as a little piece of software that would allow users to take a photo and change its focus at a later date.
“Initially available for anyone with a Lumia PureView smartphone, from today the latest Refocus update will allow all Lumia owners sporting Windows Phone 8 to have a piece of the varifocal action,” a recent post on Nokia Conversations reads.
According to Jens Eggert, Nokia’s Lead Program Manager for Refocus, the release of this app to all of Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 devices was meant to show users that their Lumia devices can get better every day.
“As we have seen with the great imaging apps like Nokia Camera before, lots of people have been asking for it and we responded. You spoke, we listened. Now anyone that owns a Lumia can enjoy the power and creativity of Nokia Refocus,” he said.
For those who did not have the chance to play with the application until now, Jens offers a quick tip. In order to shoot the best possible image with the app, you should focus on the nearest object to you (between five and ten centimeters), and ensure that there’s something defined in the background.
However, this doesn’t mean that you’ll have to do this at all times. In fact, experimenting with the application will help users better understand how it works and how it can be used to the full.
“People receiving the image don’t need a Lumia smartphone or the Nokia Refocus app to play with your photo and choose their own focal point. They can even do it via Facebook.”
The updated Nokia Refocus arrives on devices as version 18.104.22.168, and has already landed in the Windows Phone Store. However, it might not appear as available to users in all markets right from the start, so give it some time and try again.
You can download Nokia Refocus from Softpedia as well. The application is free to grab and use, but keep in mind that it is compatible only with Lumia handsets running under Windows Phone 8.