Samsung releases new Beauty Lens apps. Forgets to make it do something.

Samsung has released a rare exclusive app for their scant Windows Phone 8 offerings today simply called “Beauty”. The app features Windows Phone 8 Lens support and promises to “…remove all the imperfections on your subject's face such as wrinkles, blemishes and moles”, presumably through some nifty photo manipulation algorithms.

The thing is, we can’t figure out how it even works and neither can our tipster. The app launches just fine, allowing you to switch cameras (front vs. back) and even snap photos. And that’s it. Tapping the image does nothing, there are no settings and outside of sharing the image, there’s nothing you can do to it or with it.

We’d like to think that our lack of coffee is the issue here and not Samsung forgetting something (or just bad UI design), so we’ll toss it off to you folks to explain in comments. In the meantime, you can grab Beauty here in the Samsung Collection. Thanks, Chris H., for the tip!

QR: Beauty

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.

  • Samsung is failing these days when it comes to Windows Phone.
  • Samsung is failing every day when it comes to software!
  • They're used to push it out to the Androids, they never thought of WP's that can actually think... ;)
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  • Samsung is prolific and they make some eye cacthing hardware but they aren't big on quality.  My Samsung 58" television was defective and fixed once already.  The same issue seems to be reappearing now that it is off of warranty.  Even without the defective parts tyhe television is extremely glitchy.  It can't figure out what mode to set the scvreen to more than half of the time.  I have to manually use the remote to readjust the picture a lot.
  • Samsung is just a fail to me, either know I own a Samsung Windows Phone and I like it, it just can't compete with others that much when it comes to WP
  • I just hope a quick release of the WP7.8 update, that's all what I want from Samsung these days, or is it AT&T? O.o
  • Yup it is a Samsung.
  • Hmm...I think you are missing something Mr. Rubino! And I thought WPCentral would do good work... pff.. The reason you could not test the app is the following: maybe...juuust maybe...the WPCentral crew does not have any "imperfections" the app could remove? :)
  • Hahaha i see what you did there
  • Lol embarrassing...the wp8 division at samsung must have good perks and easy working hours
  • I think its a statement that you are beautiful without modification. Well played Samsung, well played.
  • Damn that was deep Samsung
  • They could probably get a ton of free publicity if they claimed this was intentional.
  • If that's actually what Samsung intended, then I'll be impressed. Would be nice for a big company to do something like that. But I'm pretty skeptical of big companies and my gut feeling says they just messed up the app.
  • That's what I think too, its just nice to pretend the big companies care, ya know?
  • New ad campaign: Samsung. We care. (And, BTW, we still have a Focus with your name on it:
  • That was absolutely hilarious!
  • Haha! FAIL
  • Samsung continues to focus on hardware, underestimating software and Apps (even their smart tvs and android devices don't talk well together..).
    I don't think this attitude will help Sammy to maintain their market share for long...
  • Probably does it automatically when you take the picture. Only reasonable explanation if there are no settings.
  • That's what i thought but when I compared it to "regular" shot I could not see a difference.
  • Taking pictures of Kate Upton will do that.
  • Nah, used some actual pics of people with nasty blemishes. Bing imges ;)
  • She isn't perfect and Priscilla Perales looks way better.
  • But Priscilla doesn't do the Kat Daddy dance
  • DANIEL, it's because you are already too beautiful so the app does not have to do any additional work hence making it look like it does not work.
    I tried the app on my face but it crashed and deleted itself.
  • Sounds like Samsung's just F'ing around.
  • lol XD
  • When you take a photo it looks like nothing happens...but somewhere on the internet a photo of your head shooped onto a porn stars body is uploaded.
  • Haha that's great :D
  • And its always a bloated Ron Jeremy.
  • Unsee! Unsee!
  • Best app ever.
  • Hey now they don't have over50% market share of devices for nothing
  • I'm guessing they are using WP users as a test bed for a devious way to steal people's souls....
  • Aha! I knew they were up to something lol
  • Lmao Samsung trying to be a Nokia.
  • Meanwhile....Nokia releases Drive+
  • Smh at homophobes above me...anyway I know this is probably a buggy app but come in HTC release a buggy app of your own. At least it be something lol
  • Yeah, but who has a Samsung WP8 device to test it on❓❓❓
  • Will someone with a Sammy WP8 test. Just use a friend that's an iSheep as the test. All the iSheep I know are senior citizens. Problem solved ;)
  • Useless updates and apps, another reason to skip Samsung when purchasing a windows phone.
  • Hah ha! Won't even run on my Ativ S ... nice work Sammy.
  • No reviews on the app either.
  • It was just a hello world app.. it was not supposed to be released. They are learning how Lenses work.