It was at Nokia’s New York event that saw the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 unveiled to the world, in addition to an offline version of Nokia Maps that delivered voice guided turn-by-turn navigation and venue maps, making it function more or less like a dedicated GPS unit. This is made possible thanks to the ability of both smartphones to obtain a GPS or GLONASS fix within seconds without the help of any data connection. Not only that, Nokia City Lens which was introduced in May 2011 is finally out of beta, and the augmented reality app has been released to the Windows Phone Marketplace in order to cater for Nokia Lumia 900, Nokia Lumia 800 and Nokia Lumia 710 devices. Folks who are already thinking of purchasing the latest Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 need not fret as a special version is in the pipeline.
To recap, Nokia City Lens will require you to press the Search button on your Nokia Lumia device and then tap Vision, before you go ahead and scan the barcode. Should a link appear on the screen, tap on it, and install the application from the Windows Phone Marketplace. This location-based augmented reality application will rely on your device’s viewfinder so that you enjoy an augmented reality overlay view of buildings and instantly highlights places of interest. Just make sure you concentrate on where you’re stepping on, as this augmented reality app does not look out for poo on the ground!