Nokia releases beta of City Lens app for Lumia phones

If you believe the hype, the "augmented reality" app craze is all the rage. Today, Nokia announced that it is offering such an app for users of its Lumia 710, Lumia 800 and Lumia 900 smartphones. It's a beta version of City Lens and it lets its users "see" via the smartphone's camera the names of businesses and other locations.

For example, City Lens lets Lumia users see where a restaurant is via the camera view. It performs the same function for hotels, shops and other locations. It can even point out local important landmarks along with public transport stations.

Users can see quick reviews of restaurants, shops and hotels in the app and tap on the screen to get more detailed information. The app also allows the user to directly call the location or to bring up a map to navigate to that same location.

City Lens can also be filtered to allow the user to only see which locations and landmarks they want to see. Finally, the app can be used to share a location with friends via email, text message or Windows Phone's own sharing feature.

You can check out the City Lens app now in the video below.

Image via Nokia

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GP007 said,
They really should start selling their apps to other WP users, I'd pay for them if the price was right.

Pay for them by getting a Lumia!

Enron said,

Pay for them by getting a Lumia!

Well, a Lumia, a new one with WP8, will probably be my next phone later this year.

GP007 said,

Well, a Lumia, a new one with WP8, will probably be my next phone later this year.

Awesome. I have a Lumia 900 now, and I'll probably get the 910 (or whatever the next one is) later this year assuming it has substantial upgrades inside. I just hope they work from the same design because it's so awesome.

Would also be nice if it had a physical switch to vibrate. That's one thing I miss from iPhone.

Enron said,

Awesome. I have a Lumia 900 now, and I'll probably get the 910 (or whatever the next one is) later this year assuming it has substantial upgrades inside. I just hope they work from the same design because it's so awesome.

Would also be nice if it had a physical switch to vibrate. That's one thing I miss from iPhone.

Did you know you can just open the screen, press on the volume button then click on the bell in the upper right to switch between vibrate and sound ?

boumboqc said,

Did you know you can just open the screen, press on the volume button then click on the bell in the upper right to switch between vibrate and sound ?

I think he knows already but a physical switch means you can do it without taking it out of your pocket for example, I think that's the usage case for this. Infact if I'm outside on the move and have my phone in my pocket I'd want it to be in vibrate only since in most cases I wouldn't be able to hear it ring due to all the noise outside.

GP007 said,

I think he knows already but a physical switch means you can do it without taking it out of your pocket for example, I think that's the usage case for this. Infact if I'm outside on the move and have my phone in my pocket I'd want it to be in vibrate only since in most cases I wouldn't be able to hear it ring due to all the noise outside.

Yeah your absolutely right now that I think of it, having a physical button like the iPhone really does help especially those situations where you've forgotten to turn off your ringer and it goes off in your pocket

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