Nokia bumps Cinemagraph and PhotoBeamer apps for Lumia Windows Phones
There’s barely a day going by where Nokia isn't updating something on Windows Phone, so why should today be any different? We just got notifications for version 2.6 of their popular Cinemagraph Lens app for Windows Phone 8, which is now live in the Store, allowing you to continue making those hilarious animated GIFs. And the super creative PhotoBeamer has also been given a refresh.
The latest update of Nokia's Cinemagraph app (see overview) now allows you to create landscape and portrait ‘Graphs on the go and reportedly supports a “wider range of device”, which we presume includes the Lumia 505, 510 and 620. Sadly, this does not enable support for Windows Phone 7.8 Lumias although that is expected to be coming at some point (we’re guessing through a separate app release).
We gave 2.6 a spin and maybe it’s just us but it seems to load faster, which is always a bonus. Portrait mode does work but for some reason it doesn’t seem as accurate to us at picking up movement, but that could be just our experience.
We wish we could tell you what’s new with PhotoBeamer but alas it has no changelog and whatever is new, is not really evident. That tells us this is probably a maintenance release as opposed to a feature one. Either way, it was a cool app before and it’s still a cool app now, so you if you’re looking for a quick NFC-less way to share photos with others, then you’ll want to grab this app.
There are two versions of PhotoBeamer, one for Windows Phone 7 Lumias and one for Windows Phone 8 Lumias. Both have been updated today.
Pick up Cinemagraph 2.6 here, PhotoBeamer 1.1 (WP7.x) here and PhotoBeamer 1.1 (WP8) here in the Nokia Collection. Thanks, everyone, for the tips
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
Just the apps from Nokia makes the 920 worth every krone (penny) ;)
It is just simply best, all around, to buy and use a Nokia Lumia device.
Just because Nokia has their own apps and pays money out of their coffers to have exclusivity of apps for a period of time does not make the platform fragmented. The user experience from an OS perspective is the same across all devices, however, each oem sweetens it just a bit by adding their own special touch - from hardware to apps.
From my viewpoint, the choice is , and has been, simple - before Nokia, I wanted to use WP, but was not interested in purchasing any of what was being offered. Now, I own a WP, and I chose a Lumia.
Nokia has after is a software house as well with S40, Symbian, MeeGo, Qt and Maemo. The software is their own and naturally they wont ever sell it.
It's what they did to Symbian. They developed themlserf and populated it with their own services and owned the platform.