Nokia City Lens

Nokia continues to show its support for Windows Phone 7.x owners and has now announced a new release of City Lens for those who own a Lumia 710, 800 or 900. Version 1.5 is a public beta and will include a number of new technologies and features, including the recently unveiled LiveSight, a technology based on a highly accurate 3D map of the world.

The beauty of this beta is that owners of previous generation hardware actually have early access to the new solution, even before those with a new Lumia 820 or Lumia 920. So what's new in the 1.5 beta?

The current version of City Lens displays all placed nearby, even those around a corner or some distance away. It's a useful service that many of us have come to love when checking out new places of interest. The new Sightline feature enables the owner to switch the view to only show what's in direct line of sight, limiting the congestion of information (this functionality is only available in supported areas).

Nokia City Lens POI

Should you locate a point of interest and wish to view more information, it's now possible to tap on the label to have more details displayed - a further tap reveals complete information of that particularly place. It's functionality like this that makes City Lens easier to use while walking around an unfamiliar location. Freezing the view enables users to not have to hold their Windows Phone out in front of them throughout.

In the new version, users can also pin not only categories to the start screen, but favourite searches as well. Pretty neat, eh? Be sure to head on over to the Nokia Beta Labs to download the latest version of City Lens for your Lumia 800, 900 or 710 windows Phones.

Source: Nokia Beta Labs, via: Nokia Conversations