Download and free to try Nokia City Lens, certified for Windows Phone.
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Publisher: Nokia Corporation
OS Support: Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8
Date added: 05 Feb 2013
Last Update: 04 Feb 2013
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Review: Nokia City Lens
Augmented reality, which is a view of the physical world, augmented with supplied information and data from a tech device, such as a mobile phone or tablet. Typically, the way it works, is that you view some place, object or thing through the lens of your camera and then, using your physical location, GPS coordinates and the direction in which you are facing, information will pop up on your mobile screen, letting you see whats going or what's available in your area.
There has been earlier forms of mobile augmented reality for several years now, but the technology is still quite new. Back in March 2012, Nokia announced the beta release of Nokia City Lens, an app designed for their Lumia series of mobile phone, which runs the Windows Phone operating system.
Nokia has been a leader in GPS system technology ever since their purchase of satellite navigation giant Navteq. Now it is high time for Nokia to marry their two biggest brand technologies together for what appears to be the next Killer app of 2013.
With a perfect combination of mobile experience combined with state of the art camera technology, Nokia has now introduced the production release of Nokia City Lens app.
How much does it cost, how well does it perform, should you get this app? Let's find out.
First, the good news is that you can download the app for free from the Windows Phone store at www.windowsphone.com. You will need to visit the Windows Phone store to download this app directly to your phone.
Second, this app performs as long as you are not living in some remote jungle that has not received a lot of loving attention from the folks who are working in the Nokia Maps department. If you are living within a few blocks from a McDonald hamburger joint, you are probably considered "civilised" these days, and you should be able to use the app without any issues, and it should be able to detect the activities and places to visit within your area.
The app will want to use just about every feature your phone has to offer, for example, your Internet connection, GPS, contacts, camera, phone identity, owner identity, microphone, compass, and other data services. This may not please the "big brother is watching" types, but then most mobile devices made are tracking our every move anyway.
Usage is straightforward, you just open the application and point your phone's camera at what you want to know more about. This is especially handy if you are travelling as you can get real-time information for just about everything.
A handy feature is the ability to freeze the view of something you are looking at, and then analyse the data at a later point, without having to hold your camera all the time at your subject of interest.
So just in case you decide that you will be brave and skip the Big Mac at your local McDonalds, and rather find someplace new to eat, then your in luck if you install and use the Nokia City Lens app. It works fantastic and
might even lower your cholesterol.
Version reviewed 2013 on: 05 Feb 2013
Nokia City Lens. I like the way that Nokia Maps is integrated into the app.
This is a great app, I found several restaurants in an area that I thought I knew like the back of my hand. You really can discover new things to do and see. If you like to shop, this is also a great place to discover new stores. I like the way that Nokia Maps is integrated into the app, and you do not even need an internet connection active for turn-by-turn navigation. I highly recommend this app.
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