Nokia Releases PhotoBeamer App for Lumia 920 and Lumia 820

Provides users with the possibility to easily view their photos on larger screens

By on November 30th, 2012 14:51 GMT

Today, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia announced the availability of a new exclusive application for its Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones, namely PhotoBeamer.

The new app is meant to provide users with a new experience on their devices, through combining different capabilities that Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 were launched with.

The app provides users with the possibility to view the photos on their handsets on the larger screen of a desktop PC without actually having to connect the two.

“This is what happens. You install the app and use it to look at pictures in your gallery. As soon as you open a picture, you’re told to go to photobeamer.com in any web browser (not the one on your phone!),” a post on Nokia Conversations reads.

“Point the phone camera at the QR code that appears on the website, tap it when it’s visible on the camera screen, and then the magic happens.”

All photos on the device are sent to the website automatically, and users will be able to show them to their friends and family in a bigger screen than that of the smartphone.

However, things are not as simple as one might believe. In fact, Nokia notes that the aforementioned QR code is different every time the site is opened.

As soon as it has been scanned, the app will send photos to the site, caching them for a fast performance. The images on the device are progressively streamed to the site.

The app was designed with support for different types of connections, and users can take advantage of its capabilities on Wi-Fi networks, as well as on 4G and 3G.

“We had two main aims for PhotoBeamer: to make sharing as simple as possible. But also to make it as fast as possible,” Nokia’s David Fredh, who came to the company through the acquisition of Scalado, explains.

“It’s great to see the first full delivery from our colleagues in the new Lund office, and a terrific product that reaffirms Nokia’s leadership in the imaging space,” Samuli Hänninen, head of Nokia’s imaging efforts, said.

The new PhotoBeamer application is already available for download for all Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 users straight from the Windows Phone Store.

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