Nokia introduces City Lens 1.5 beta for WP7

The Nokia City Lens app that incorporates LiveSight technology is now available in a beta version for Nokia Lumia 900, 800 and 710. Nokia City Lens, exclusively developed for Nokia Lumia devices, is the first application to provide a LiveSight-enabled experience.


Nokia said that, City Lens 1.5 beta version will help it make the app even better and soon all Nokia Lumia owners, including owners of Nokia Lumia 820 and 920. The existing version of City Lens shows you all the places nearby, even around the corner or a block away. The latest Sightline feature lets you switch your view to only what’s in your direct line of sight, making it easier to spot great places that are right in front of you. With this beta version of Nokia City Lens app, users can quickly view a place’s address without leaving camera view. Nokia’s official blog read, “You can just tap to view the information overlaid on display while you keep scanning. When you’re ready to learn more about the place, another tap pulls up complete information of that place.”

With this new version of Nokia City Lens, Nokia said that, it is making good use of the key features in Windows Phone. The blog further adds, “Nokia City Lens now lets you pin individual categories to your home screen, so you can jump directly to your favourite category searches with just a tap. Art buff? Create a Sights tile. Foodie? Create a Food tile. Wherever you are, you can instantly find what you love.”

Users interested in trying out Nokia City Lens for their Nokia Lumia 900, 800 or 710, can  download it from Nokia Beta Labs.


Nokia Lumia 920, 820 coming to India next year!

The new Windows Phone 8 devices by Nokia are probably the most sought after handsets of recent times. There has been a lot of debate as to when the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 will be launched in India. The brand recently announced that these devices will hit shelves in Singapore on December 8, 2012. This has led to speculations that these handset will make their way to India too, in December. For those looking forward to the new Windows Phone 8 Lumia handsets, our sources have just confirmed that these handsets are not coming to India this year and will be launched only by 2013. As of now, the official date of availability has not been finalised, but in all likelihood, the handsets should be available in January.
Lumia 920 PureView


With the prices of the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 being released, we now have a vague idea about the pricing of the new Lumias when they are launched in India. The Lumia 920 is priced in Singapore at S$899, which roughly translates to Rs 40,750, whereas and the Lumia 820 costs S$699, which roughly translates to Rs 31,700. However, one should not expect the prices to be the same when the handsets come to India—the additional taxes could make the devices cost a bit more.

Image representing Nokia as depicted in CrunchBase

Image via CrunchBase

Nokia has a lot depending on the success of these handsets, and we expect them to launch an aggressive marketing campaign prior to the release of these handsets. 

Nokia first took the wraps off its Lumia 920 at the Nokia World 2012 event in New York City. Featuring a a polycarbonate body, the Nokia Lumia 920 packs in a Snapdragon S4 processor and a PureView sensor. It also comes with the Blink app, which is the smartphone’s Burst mode. The smartphone will feature an LCD display, which is a little better than the HD displays available now.


The Nokia Lumia 920 includes the latest Nokia PureView camera, which the company claims captures five times more light than competing smartphones. It gives bright pictures without flash, even indoors and at night. It also features built-in wireless charging, making it easy to keep the battery topped up throughout the day.
The Nokia Lumia 820 offers exchangeable covers in a range of colours. Both phones have the option of wireless charging, a sensitive touchscreen and Nokia ClearBlack display technology. The Lumia handsets come with the full suite of Nokia navigation applications, including Nokia City Lens and Nokia Music that streams unlimited music directly to the phone.