Nokia Lumia phones to get more exclusive Windows Phone apps

It's been a busy day for Nokia announcements, including the official reveal of two new Lumia Windows Phone 8-based devices as well as their new HERE apps, some of which can be used by all Windows Phone 8 smartphones. That's not the end of Nokia's news for today; it has also revealed some new app partnerships for its Lumia phones as well as for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones.

Nokia's press release states that one of the exclusive Lumia apps will be the GoPro Windows Phone 8 app. Nokia says that it has been designed to connect a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone to a GoPro HERO3 or HERO2 camera via WiFi. It adds:

They receive a live preview with which they can record videos and capture photos, access and change all of the camera settings, and view the latest videos and photos of the day. The Nokia exclusive picture-in-picture (PIP) feature overlays the Nokia Lumia camera view on top of the GoPro camera's live view and allows consumers to capture photos using Nokia's industry-leading camera technology.

Lumia phones will also access the Burton app, made for serious snowboarding fans. They include a weather forecasting feature for boarders to stay on top of weather changes, a Burton Sequencer phone app that combines a series of action shots in one photo and Burton Friends, which uses augmented reality software to find your snowboarding friends on the mountain.

While the location-based social networking service Foursquare is working on a Windows Phone app for all smartphones, it is also developing an exclusive one made just for Lumia devices. Nokia says, "This version includes the capabilities of the one available for all Windows Phone 8 devices, and adds augmented reality to enhance the discovery experience through Nokia Lumia camera lenses."

The official Tumblr app is also coming for all Windows Phone 8 smartphones, allowing for quick updates of a user's Tumblr page. It will also contain "exclusive voice command integration and use of Live Tiles to display the Tumblr Dashboard." JobLens is also coming to Windows Phone 8, which is designed to help those looking for employment. Nokia says:

The app will actively push recommended jobs based on a consumer's profile and search history, allow people to pin jobs-based Live Tiles to their Start screen, share jobs with friends, and store resumes in SkyDrive.

Nokia also announced a new deal with Dreamworks Animation. Nokia said, "The cooperation will see Dreamworks developers use Nokia APIs to deliver rich, interactive entertainment experiences, exclusively for Nokia devices, starting from the second half of 2013." Details about these "interactive entertainment experiences" were not announced.

Source: Nokia | Image via Nokia

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Downloaded all the new HERE apps to my 920 with no problems, even in China. Here in Beijing the updates to City Lens are fabulous and all the new transit lines are supported.

jasonon said,
instagram too please! none of my friends will consider WP8 since it doesn't have insta...

You need to consider new friends if that's how they make their decisions

That Foursquare app looks damn amazing. I'd really love for an official Nokia Facebook app now since the "official" one from Microsoft completely sucks.

yeah for real! in my opinion, the current facebook app just looks horrid, and has terrible functionality. I know they tried to integrate the metro UI, but honestly i'd be happier with the layout of the android and IOS apps

Dot Matrix said,
That Foursquare app looks damn amazing. I'd really love for an official Nokia Facebook app now since the "official" one from Microsoft completely sucks.

Microsoft should just front up and pay Facebook to create a client because unless something is done it'll be but one of many things holding Windows Phone 8 back from getting the market share it actually deserves.

Dot Matrix said,
That Foursquare app looks damn amazing. I'd really love for an official Nokia Facebook app now since the "official" one from Microsoft completely sucks.

Who needs an app. Just browse to facebook with IE on your wp8 device set to mobile! :-)