Update – The Nokia City Lens version described below is no longer in beta. Download it now from the Windows Phone Store for Nokia Lumia smartphones with Windows Phone 8 like Nokia Lumia 920 and with Windows Phone 7 like Nokia Lumia 800. If you already have Nokia City Lens on your Nokia Lumia, you will soon automatically get the update.
We recently introduced LiveSight, a technology based on a highly accurate, 3D map of the world. LiveSight provides the most precise and intuitive augmented reality experience and uses a phone’s camera viewfinder to make discovering the world as easy as lifting up a phone. After type pads, touchscreens and voice recognition, we want sight recognition to be another standard way to interact with the world around you.
Nokia City Lens, exclusively developed for Nokia Lumia devices, is the first application to provide a LiveSight-enabled experience and today we are pleased to announce that we are working on a new version that leverages the full power of this technology.
Because we want you to try these new features before anyone else, we are today making a beta version available for Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 for you to test and provide feedback for. With your help we will make Nokia City Lens even better and soon all Nokia Lumia owners, including owners of Nokia Lumia 820 and Lumia 920, will get to enjoy the new features.
So let’s see what’s new in Nokia City Lens.
The current version of 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 feature 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.
Please note that this feature is only available in supported areas, where we have already collected highly accurate, 3D data. In these cases, you will automatically see the filter icon in Nokia City Lens.
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. Just tap and the screen “freezes,” letting you browse the scene more comfortably.
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 complete information of that place.
With this new version of Nokia City Lens we are making good use of the key features in Windows Phone. Nokia City Lens now lets you pin individual categories to your home screen, so you can jump directly to your favourite category searches with just a tap. Art buff? Create a Sights tile. Foodie? Create a Food tile. Wherever you are, you can instantly find what you love.
But you can pin even more than just predefined categories, you can make Nokia City Lens even more personal by pinning your favourite searches to your start screen, whether it’s books or sushi. Wherever you are, you’ll be able to see your closest options within the live tile right on your home screen without even having to launch the app. Just glance and go. Or tap to see what else is nearby.
If you want to test this all-new Nokia City Lens with your Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800 or Nokia Lumia 710, download it from Nokia Beta Labs and let us know what you think.
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