Nokia has taken the wraps of an 'augmented reality' app called City Lens. Will it persuade users to make the switch to the Lumia smartphone line?
Last week, in an effort to get out ahead of the impending iPhone 5 launch, Nokia unveiled a pair of Windows 8 phones: The Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. The Lumia 920 is the more high-end of the pair, with a big 4.5-inch HD screen and an 8.7-megapixel camera, but both devices will get the 1.5GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4 processor and an in-house application called City Lens.
City Lens is typically classified as "augmented reality" software – a program that drapes a digital layer over our everyday surroundings. Lumia users will be able to access City Lens via the camera viewfinder. Boot it up, and you'll get real-time feedback on your surroundings. So let's say you're in midtown Manhattan, and you're hungry. You might point your camera at the nearest restaurant and then scroll through a few recent Yelp reviews.