Nokia releases Entrance by AOL for Lumia Windows Phones

It looks like Nokia still has a few more exclusive apps for their Lumia Windows Phones to release.

Entrance by AOL, the app appears to be an all-around media/pop-culture/movie/music app that even features augmented reality for finding movie theaters around you. In addition, you can watch movie trailers, listen to music (including full-length albums), stream more than 60K radio stations and you can evidently pin just about everything to your Start screen.

Entrance's key features include:

  • A first-of-its-kind Augmented Reality feature enables users to find cinemas and show times playing nearby simply by holding up the Lumia smartphone as theaters, movie posters and show times appear overlaid on the world around them (this looks really cool)
  • Moviefone integration allows users to view trailers, see nearby show times, and buy movie tickets directly from within the app
  • Entertainment news about movies, celebrities, music and TV from HuffPost Entertainment, AOL Music and others
  • SHOUTcast Radio integration enables streaming from over 55,000 global radio stations
  •  AOL Music and CD Listening Party (CDLP) provides early access to weekly, and exclusive to AOL only, free full length albums from up-and-coming bands, with the option to buy and download after a free preview
  • Interlinked user interface allows users to navigate into and out of specific content topics to explore any movie, celebrity or song

Commenting on the release of Entrance, Nokia's Director of Global Partnering and Application Development Mark Fletcher notes,

“Entrance by AOL leverages the depth of AOL's content, whilst demonstrating the unique and differentiated experiences partners can bring to Nokia Lumia smartphones. With innovative features such as Augmented Reality, personalized and contextual Live Tiles and beautiful app design, enabled through the rich Windows Phone UI, we believe Nokia consumers will love this exclusive one stop shop for entertainment.” 

David Temkin, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Mail at AOL adds,

“Entrance shows what’s possible when you combine great content with an elegantly designed, incredibly fast handset.”

Like it or not you have to give props to Nokia the way they recruit partners and developers to the Lumia Windows Phones. The result is a nice collection of apps, some exclusive and some not, that really shine.  While most of our memories of AOL involve massive amounts of 3.5" floppy disks in the mail (opens in new tab), Entrance looks to offer a new impression of AOL and appears to be a well laid out app that delivers a lot of entertainment content to your Lumia Windows Phone.  

Once we've spent some time with Entrance, we'll get a review on the site shortly.  In the meantime, you can pick up Entrance here in the Nokia Collection.  The flip was just thrown so it may take some time before the app becomes visible in the Nokia Collection.  If you don't see it right away, tap the "more from Nokia" link from any of the listed Nokia apps and it may be hiding there.

Daniel Rubino

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.

  • It won't on my lumia 900
  • Ditto
  • It says my ATT Lumia 900 is not a compatible device. Nokia music said the same thing.
  • Mine this  morning not available in your region  its apparently a regional rollout maybe later to day or later in the week
  • Who still uses AOL?
  • Ever visited Engadget, TechCrunch, MovieFone or Huffington Post? Those are just a few brands AOL owns. Check it out:
    I'm an AOLer and I do Android/Windows development and use a Lumia 900 primarily. I didn't have a direct hand in this app but I've been using it and it's a really well done app. I think you guys will enjoy it :P
  • Not in my region yet South central  hopefully soon.  I have no problems with using an AOL developed program!
  • Nice. If Sammy and HTC only did half as much we would have a better marketplace
  • That's funny. There used to be an online service provider called AOL.
  • And there used to be a search engine called Yahoo. Mind Blown. AOL = AOL
  • And yet no offical AIM client? What's up with that?
  • More music the better! Good job Nokia!
  • It would be smart if they announced Instagram. Now's a great time.
  • Is anyone having issues downloading
  • It clearly hasn't been unlocked yet.
  • Does not let me download. US only? Lumia 710. here in the uk
  • Is this US regional only? Anybody know?
  • Not available in US either.
  • AOL app and Nokia Music not available to download on my Lumia 800 here in the US on AT&T.
  • Same here. No go on my 800.
  • Duh, for the new phones...dudes, please update and specify. =P
  • When is it going to be available?
  • Its available now. Seems a decent app too.
  • I had to scan the qr code to get it to download on my lumia 900.