Sneak Peak at the Windows Phone 8's Lenses App

Joe Belfiore spent a little time today at the Nokia Press Event going over some new features for Windows Phone 8 that we'll see on the Nokia Lumia 920 and other Windows Phones.  It's the Lenses App that will be integrated into the Windows Phone Camera App.

The overall camera app has been redesigned to remove the zoom slide bar (replaced with pinch to zoom) as well as adding a flash on/off button and a Lenses App button.  The Lenses App button functions very similar to Apps... functionality we already have from the three-dot menu when viewing images on our Windows Phone.

From the camera, the Lenses App will pull up apps already on your Windows Phone that are deeply integrated with the camera or that can be used when you view a photo.  For example if you're taking a photo with the native Windows Phone camera app and decide a nice panorama is in order, you tap the Lenses App button and you can launch Photosynth directly from the camera app.

The Lenses App button looks to be a nice addition to our Windows Phone camera.

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • I thought the lense apps is a pretty neat idea. Having greater, deeper links to apps from the photo/camera hubs is great!
  • I'm excited because tiles change to landscape does the home page?
  • Exactly.. this is what i was talking about when Photosynth was launched, it must must be intergrated in camera app.. & should be accessible when pressed the camera button.. not unlock phone scrol through apps & launch.. I am really happy about this...that;s just pure awesome job by MS & Noks..
  • This is a fantastic feature. CNN is already taking advantage of it with the "iReport" lens. I can see all sorts of other 3rd parties taking advantage of it.
  • They should name the photo files the same way the video files are named -- with date and Greenwich time. I don't like staring at 1.jpg every time I get a new phone.
  • "Peek", btw.