Samsung getting reinvigorated with Windows Phone 8; releases three new Lens apps for users

Say what you will about Samsung, but it looks like they’re finally sinking some money and resources into delivering quality apps for their users. Today, the Korean company has pushed out three new camera apps, which are all variations on a theme, but are still fun to use.

The three apps, Artistic Effect, Fun Shot and Color Effect, are all Lenses that can be launched to give live filters for your camera. The apps themselves are all designed around the same UI, though each comes with a dozen or so uniquely themed filters. While that may seem redundant, it’s actually a smart move as it means you have less scrolling to do when selecting your filter. Not to mention, not everyone needs Fun Shot, which makes your images distorted for goofy results.

Here is the breakdown of the three new camera apps...

Artistic Effect

Samsung Artistic Effect

“Artistic Effect supports several effects including Pop Art, Cartoon, Magic Pen, Oil, Posterize and Sketch.”

The lens is a bit gimmicky as it creates images akin to Sketch Camera. It’s certainly a neat effect, especially since the filters are live, though if you’re looking to make your photos pretty, this is more novelty than useful. Still, it’s well done at least.

Pick up Artistic Effect here in the Samsung Zone.

Color Effect

Samsung Color Effect

“Colour Effect includes several effects including Antique, Vintage photos, Grayscale, Sepia, Retro, Sun, Downlight, Blue wash, Nostalgia, Brightness yellow, semi-transparent colors, Inverted, Sharpness, Tint light and blur.”

This is straight up our most favorite new Lens for Samsung. It’s nothing fancy, just a traditional filter Lens that allows you to change the hue and tone of the image, giving you an older film look. Think of the Instagram-effect and you’ll understand. The filters though are well done and we could envisage using this Lens often.

Download Color Effect from the Samsung Zone here.

Fun Shot

Samsung Fun Effect

“Fun Shot includes several effects including Curve, tweaks, Spin, Spiral, Narrowing, Stretch, Mirror, Kaleidoscope, Gallery and Reflector.”

File this under novelty as well, Fun Shot allows you to select from a bunch of silly filters to give you a carnival mirror effect. It works well, though honestly we cringe whenever we see these types of images posted anywhere. But if you have kids, it could be a fun distraction.

Pick up Fun Shot from the Samsung Zone here.

Overall, these aren’t mind blowing photography apps, but it’s more the mindset here that’s the story: Samsung is actually creating news apps for users. Just last week we saw a dual release from them in the form of App Folder and Video Trimmer, the week before, MangaCamera and Paper Artist and they also recently overhauled some of their existing apps. That’s seven new apps and several app refreshes from a company who so far has been lukewarm for Windows Phone 8.

For those reasons, we’re excited for those of you bought an ATIV device recently as finally, you’re getting some attention.

Via: Windows Phone Italy

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.

  • I just sent this tip to wpc 2 mins back :)
  • Sooo, what do you want, A Medal? i joke I joke
  • I'm a Nokia fan but great to see Samsung in the game. Competition drives innovation. Keep it up Samsung!
  • That's the attitude man! Anything to get OUR platform further is always great news!
  • My point exactly, Samsung may not add as many features as Nokia but the apps they are putting out is good, it goes to show they haven't forgotten about Windows Phone.
  • Maybe we'll see a new ativ wp device along with all their ativ ultrabooks ...
  • Problem is not making new devices. Problem putting effort to sell them.
    They did make a good device last year (ATIV S) with the top specs supported by WP8. But they never put any effort to sell them.
    In fact they did not even release in major markets like USA, China, India. Its like they want it to fail.
    I hope they put more effort to sell this time.
  • My feeling is that Samsung are waiting for GDR3 which will add support for Quad Core processors and 1080p displays so they can finally get some of what they believe to be high end hardware into the market.
  • Glad to see another OEM setup to the plate for WP8.
  • This is looking good. Samsung looks to be strengthening their app line-up. Which is looking good for later this year when they drop that new Phablet (fingers crossed)
  • For sure :) I'm on my Nokia 1020 and will stick with Nokia but, lack of more OEMs is what is holding WP8 back. People recognize brands along with the OS.
  • Agreed, especially if it beats the Galaxy Mega by using a 1080p display and a quad core processor!!!
  • Now it's HTC's turn. They can't afford to lose to Samsung AGAIN...
  • Just about to say the same thing. Shit, then there is BB....
  • Correct. It boggles my mind how HTC didn't try harder with WP if only to beat Samsung in at least one front.
  • HTC tried, they came out with two decent devices. But, carriers made some strange choices when they wanted a 8Gb 8X and HTC was too scared to issue a 32Gb device. Now the GDR2 rollout for the 8X was stopped because devices were starting to freeze for good.
    you are right. wp is really picking up though. i cant say that i want it to though. microsoft already has the pc market and i remember what it was like when they were on top in both the phone and desktop markets. they were pretty lazy, which is what caused them to lose the market. I like seeing them try pretty hard right now. they should learn to truly listen to their user base.
  • I'm loving my signature device, cough...
  • Now if Sprint would just get around to annoucing the release date of the Neo....
  • Seriously... the rumored date is a week from now. They better get to announcing...
  • I was told at a regional Sprint store that it would be out next Friday (16th).  Not sure why Sprint is not advertising it yet.  Maybe it has to do with the HTC agreement...exclusive for a certain period of time without being allowed to even mention the NEO. 
  • 3 new lens apps equivalents invigorated??
  • Read the rest of the article next time before commenting, you'll look more informed. They've released 7 apps in the last two weeks and also refreshed their previous lot.
  • Lol, *tugs on DR's collar*
    Down boy
  • It's the overreaction of mine from being labeled a Nokia fanboy by some here ;) I'm excited about seeing Samsung releasing stuff. I expect only excellence from our readers lol
  • Your posts rly do encompass all questions ppl normally would have. I didn't realize how many ppl skimmed or outright only read the first sentence before I came to this site. I actually enjoy participating in the comments and I shake my head everytime I see someone say or ask something established in the dang article!
  • I'm sometimes ashamed of our community after reading some of the comments on a WPC post. Makes us look like big whiners and/or small thinkers.
  • All progress welcomed to this platform hey regardless of manufacturer. Iam definitely a Nokia man always have been but iam happy other companies are supporting this platform..... Nokia just does it better and is more dependant on its success as it does not have its fingers in other OS's like all the others
  • Well, you show that Nokia "love affair" too often...
  • Reading is apparently fundamental.
  • Daniel strikes again :D love these moments
  • You have a little bit of s**t on your nose pal!
  • Pmsl
  • Well, la de da!!
  • Because that's what Samsung does. You want a phone? We have twelve different models all basically same. Want an app? We give you three. :)
  • nothing is free in this world
  • Gotta keep up with Nokia or they'll lose the WP market, competition!
  • WP isn't a good market for multiple players. People are still questioning WP and RT. Failed miserably despite the growth WP has seen, and that is due to LUMIA and not WP itself. With all these low cost devices (especially android tabelts) it'll be difficult for Microsoft to penetrate. Google makes money off advertising and selling your personal info. People don't understand or care about that. I believe this is the only reason why android tablets are so cheap. I'm looking into getting an Android tablet for under $150. So tempting...
  • Oh so they should just not care and let Nokia have a unimpeded homerun lol
  • Any marketshare is better than 0./
  • WTF are you talking about, WP is perfect for multiple players. Just because you want Nokia to have an unimpeded homerun doesn't make that any less true!!!!
  • Blasphemy! Your $150 android tab will get increasingly slower over time and it is an extremely unstable and unsecured os, optimized OS's such as WP and Apple run very smooth and fast on lesser hardware, from my research and testing android devices are far too fragmented and all slow down, get buggier and crash over time, also full of malware and ads. Being an open hacker friendly system has some major downsides, having said this I would keep an android tablet in the toilet for reading etc. I have many WPs and surface pro but I also have hard mounted my iPad into my cars dash for media and driving apps so I like to think I'm not biased, personally I prefer the windows ecosystem
  • I wouldn't own a Samsung, but many people would prefer one.
    So, its good to see some support even if it appears annually.
  • WTF!!! In the last few weeks Samsung have been all over Windows Phone releasing apps including these today, not to mention rolling out GDR2 to EXISTING DEVICES before everyone else, including Nokia!!!!!
  • WTF!!! Nokia has MUCH MORE devices to test and polish the update for compared to Samsung!!!!!
  • You mean the "slightly different variant of the previous device" to test!!!!
  • No, I mean the 520, 620, 720, 820, 920 and 1020 and then all the other variants like the 625, 822, 925 etc.
    (Oh, almost forgot: !!!! ) ;)
  • Yeah, slightly different variants like Samsung. The ATIV S, S LTE, S Neo and Odyssey!!!!
  • What? The 520, 620, 720, 820, 920 and 1020 aren't "slightly different variants", noob.
  • Worked out bad for HTC, probably costing a already struggling company a fair bit to replace all the phones their gdr2 update bricked..... Samsung was not first. Also I'm happy to wait as Nokia is also bringing amber along with it and it will be exhaustively tested to iron out any bugs which gdr2 clearly has/had
  • Sorry but, seven apps in the last few weeks isn't going to cut it for me.
  • How about 8?
  • 8.1 would do... ;)
  • +1020
  • That will be out on existing Samsung devices before Nokia as well!!!
  • Wow someone has high expectations...
  • I hope they will put some effort behind Windows phone with GDR3.
    If they aim to sell 10% of their smartphones with WP8, they can add 7+ million new users to the WP platform.
    That will be a great boost to WP and bring even more apps.
  • That's what I'm hoping, GDR3 will allow them to create hardware with quad core processors and 1080p displays, exactly what they are used to, so I hope that's the case!!!
  • It is a start, if small. It shows that android is getting close to its end along with IOS.
  • Close to its end? No way
  • Its amazing how people have so much hate for Android that they don't realize how much these kind of comments are ignorant.
  • Maybe all of our lashing out at Samsung has embarrassed them.. Or, Nokia has made them see value in WP.. Probably both.
  • I think Samsung just like to go against its competitors hard and strong. Now granted this is small, but the fact they set up offices near other competitors office, mimic alot of their innovation and styles and right now are completely dominating the mobile market, they want to put a footprint into everyone's head. If they release a low mid and high end WP by the time GDR3 comes, they could be an absolute competitor against Nokia. Its inevitable.
  • I really don't think Samsung can turn it around so quickly if at all in the WP8 world. Nokia has brand and OS recognition with WP8, just like Samsung has with Android.
  • Just because Samsung releases three WP devices won't inevitably make them competitive.. Nokia isn't the best WP OEM solely because they make the most devices.. Nokia is the most popular because of the way they innovative, and the support they give to their product,, not to mention everything that they do for the entire WP platform... Until others do the same they will be no competition for Nokia in terms of making WP devices..
  • Or maybe its because Samsung WPs actually sold pretty well, but companies don't care about that lol
  • I think above all else, Samsung is a pragmatic company.  I don't think they have any special loyalty to Google or Android.  Its just that Android is the biggest platform right now.  But they see WP marketshare is finally increasing.  Its still low, so they wont dive in too hard, but they will invest a little money for stuff like this and keep churning out a few phone models a year.  Meanwhile, some other companies (cough* Instagram cough*) seem to be run by fanboys or something and refuse to invest even a fractional amount of money.
  • Instagram is Facebook, we have official fb apps but not instagram. My guess is that apple or google are paying them not to produce an official app as this app is pretty much the only major app preventing a lot of ppl to cross platforms. Its not my thing but I believe Instance is more than sufficient.
  • Agree.
  • Yes. Executives at Samsung check the comments section of every WPCentral article, and you made them cry.
  • Hehe
  • More like they don't care what Rubino says because they made a decision to go on the complete opposite road on which carriers in the US they have chosen to release their devices (exclusively on the CDMA side).
  • You would be surprised by the feedback companies get about themselves...
  • Good point. Nokia has definitely put WP on the map and seems to be the only manufacturer that is improving and innovating the platform. I just love Nokia and really hope they NEVER run android on any of their products.
  • They don't really have a choice. Nokia is in bed with Microsoft, so they really should be putting everything they have into their phones.
  • I think they want to focuse on windows as it looks like Google is going to focus on pushing Motorola phones. Google does not want Samsung to be the hugh leader in android as it is right now.
  • I believe this as well. Even more so if Samsung tries to bring their own OS to the board.
  • YEs you are right.. till Tizzen is hot i think they are planning to depend on Windows and Andriod... The thing is Tizzen might not work out as it is now war of ecosystems. Tizzen does not have one.
  • Yeah I think it would be a major set back for Samsung to bring their own OS to the mobile OS war.
  • Hell is starting to freeze over.
  • Another nail for HTC's coffin.
  • I really want App Folder to come to Nokia devices!
  • An app tile like for photos kinda exists already. But yea it does not fully move the app into that location. Just merely offers another opening location. I'd like a tile to put all my photo stuff in and video watching apps in to clean up some clutter myself.
  • Sounds like fillers to me, preparing for another WP8 device launch.
  • Is their a manga face like app in the store like Samsung's?
  • I dont believe in Samsung suporting WP anymore...
  • So even after they roll out GDR2 to EXISTING DEVICES before everyone else including Nokia and release new apps you Nokia Fanboys are still going to spout the same old bull****!!!!
  • Samsung fanboy is spouting bull****!!!!
    Go back under your bridge...
  • Not bull****, the truth. Sorry if you Nokia Fantrolls can't take it ;)
  • We're the fantrolls? Take a look at yourself.
    I'm also not "It's Nokia or nothing!", I think it's great that more companies are supporting Windows Phone! The more the better!
    If anyones talking bull it's you.
  • Really, what part of my original comment was trolling? That's right, none of it and you tell me that I'm trolling, even on news about Samsung showing support for their devices!!!!
  • Lol
    Samsung apps? OK! Lumia owners, lets download it!
  • Look at IDC quarterly report: got 233% growth YoY on Windows Phone compared to 52.7 YoY growth on Android. Without much effort, they sold 1million windows phones. so i think we will see more "commited" effort from Samsung than before.
  • Lame app
  • Why don't Samsung release on app with features instead of multipul apps that do a similar job
  • I thought the same. Still, it's better than nothing.
  • Isn't that what Nokia have done before!!!!
  • Please, stop spamming the exclamation key. And no that's not what Nokia have done before (!!!!), at least from what I see in the Windows Phone 7 store. ;)
  • Sounds like Samsung is in it for the long haul. Curious to see where they go from here.
  • oo looks like Samsung has finally woken up from hibernation. Either that or someone added more coal to the fire to speed them up. Happy for all those ativ s users out there. Now it would be intresting to see if they keep up this momentum. Hopefully they announce a wp device at their conference, just hope they do not pull a stunt like last time - Ativ S first to be announced but last to be launched.
  • Just moved from my abandoned Focus S stuck on 7.5 to a shiny new 1020. Too little too late Samsung.
  • I really like apps like the "artist" app.
  • God Samsung windows phones look ugly
  • So, it's a phone not exactly something you would want to show to a potential girlfriend!!!!
  • Imagine if Samsung threw its weight behind getting Instagram on Windows Phone, just saying...
  • too late Samsung... I dont belive in you supporting WP anymore
  • Ah, spouting the same old bull**** I see!!!!
  • So are you, just f*** off back under your bridge.
  • Really that's the best a fantroll can come up with!!!!
  • No that's not the best a fantroll can come up with, since, you know, I'm not a fantroll. ;)
  • Yes you are mr. Heat. You are a NOkia fanboy. You mad because neo exposed you? Go back to Trollville!
  • What is this? Is the apocalypse about to happen?
  • Samsung might take quite a bit away from Nokia in WP if they can grab Instagram and other top apps as timed exclusives, e.g 12 months or so. They have the weight to get these vendors to listen, I can't wait to see it.
  • I'm torn here on Samsung's commitment to WP. When WP7 came out the Focus was the best device for the longest time. Sadly, I was on Verizon and had to settle for the HTC Trophy. Of late, Samsung has seemed to put next to nothing for support of WP compared to Android. Can you imagine if Samsung delivered a compelling phone AND took a good chunk of their Android advertising behind WP? Wow....
    My opinion is that Samsung is just keeping their options open. Keeping a toe in the WP pool just in case the Android pool starts to cool off and the WP pool starts to heat up.
  • I really like my Ativ S. Samsung have finally done what should have been available from Day 1 for all Windows Phones and even in Metro - Create your own pinnable folders :) (Caveat once created the order/ position within the folders cannot be changed) )
  • its nice to see them porting their back catalog of apps but i think they have way too many photo apps & not enough apps like allshare for example