Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Exploring With The Nokia City Lens Augmented Reality App

Nokia City Lens App
Nokia City Lens App
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The Nokia City Lens, a new augmented reality application was introduced by Nokia recently for its Windows Phone-powered Lumia smartphones.

The Nokia City Lens app will use the camera of the Lumia smartphones to show the location of stores, restaurants and other similar establishments near the immediate vicinity of the user. All the user will have to do is to scan the horizon with the camera of the Lumia smartphone and the Nokia City Lens app will give the users the establishments around them.

Aside from the establishments, the Nokia City Lens app will also offer star ratings and reviews to the users to give them an idea on what to expect. Tilting the Lumia smartphone sideways will give a map view and offer users walking directions to the establishments through a simple tap on the display.

Using the Nokia City Lens app will allow users to keep their eyes in front of them while using it. They would not have to look down at the smartphone since the Nokia City Lens will allow users to see what is in front of them through the Lumia smartphone.

All searches made by the users on the Nokia City Lens app will be saved to facilitate access whenever users find themselves back in the same neighborhood. For the moment the Nokia City Lens app can be used on the Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 800, and the Nokia Lumia 900 through the Nokia Beta Labs.

Users are also asked to give feedback on the Nokia City Lens app in order to further refine the features of the application.

Prior to the release of the Nokia City Lens, the Nokia Maps app was also released by the company for Android and iOS devices. This offered users a voice-guided, turn-by-turn navigation through an HTML5 web application.

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