Last week Nokia unveiled the eye candy of eye candies. The phone that got us fandroids jealous not for anything else (we have all the good things spec-wise this side of town) but that camera module. It is large and if the Symbian-running 808 PureView we saw way back last year is anything to go by then this will be quite a dish.
I won’t bore you with the specs list of the device (there isn’t much to scream about the specs anyway. In an era of those new snappy Snapdragons, the S4 Pro is way too dated. Also Windows Phone, which the device runs, isn’t a sucker for all the flashy internals. It works even with the bare minimum) but rather something to do with the software: the apps.
If you have followed Apple’s product launches over the years there’s something consistent in all of them: focus is on what the device can help you achieve with some standout applications and not what it has inside (which is what most Android OEMs wrongly tend to put all their focus on). Remember that infamous Steve Jobs prank call to a Starbucks outlet while demoing Google Maps on stage back in 2007? It started there. Lately we all know what Samsung has been doing along those lines. Seemingly Nokia is following suit.
When announcing the Lumia 1020 (pictured above), Nokia also announced a slew of apps that will be exclusively available on the device. Microsoft followed suite by chipping in to also announce several apps that will be coming to Windows Phone mobile platform like Vine. These announcements may have been clouded and overshadowed by the 41 million pixels of awesomeness contained in the 1020’s camera sensor but they are big in their own right. Why? We all know how under fire the Windows Phone platform has come lately from those saying the number of apps is still too low. When that argument was seemingly countered by reports not long ago that Windows Phone already has upwards of 160,000 apps in the Windows Phone Store less than a year after the rollout of Windows Phone 8, the conversation shifted to which “big apps” the platform is missing. It seems someone has been working into the night to fix that.
For those of us who follow any mobile launch events religiously we can remember a short demo of Hipstamatic on a Lumia during the Lumia 925 launch event. For those of us on Android, we’ve suffered many times seeing the iSheep have all the goodies in photography. It was Instagram and Hipstamatic that we lacked. Today we have Instagram but we still lack Hipstamatic. Sadly, it seems the Windows Phone folks will be getting it way ahead of us. Hipstamatic is coming to Windows Phone soon, before the year ends.
For those who will be picking the Lumia 1020 from the shops, this app (actually the PRO version of the app for you lucky bastards 🙂 ) comes pre-loaded ready to serve those photos you’ll be snapping with all the camera glory and xenon flash the Lumia 1020 brings to the table.
You’ve heard of Zoe on the HTC One haven’t you? This is the Nokia equivalent but with a difference. Vyclone will not only allow Lumia 1020 users to create and share their short videos with the world but also allow several users to merge their clips? How? Well, each user shoots a video from a different angle then Vyclone threads all those multi-angled shots together and voila! You have something interwoven to the same levels as the way the six cameras on a football stadium combine to bring a great video feed to our living rooms.
We all know Yelp and how useful the Yelp restaurant reviews can be when you’re globe-trotting and go around looking for an African dishes café say in the heart of a big city like Paris or Brussels. Interestingly Yelp was Apple’s partner in the ill-fated iOS 6 Maps app that received quite a backlash from the users. However, here things will be a bit different since it will be featuring an augmented reality function that enables a real-time view of Yelp reviews and star ratings through the camera lens, use speech to text search and also integrate with HERE Maps, the maps app of Nokia devices (and by extension Windows Phone devices).
The CNN app is not new to the Windows Phone 8 platform. It has been around for a while. However the world news leader is optimizing the app specifically for the Lumia 1020 so as to take advantage of its superior camera imaging capabilities.
Think of it like Nokia’s own version of Story Album. Though the two may differ in some aspects, the underlying objective is the same. It organizes your photos, creates albums and allows you to share them
We all know of Path, the limited social network where 50 people is all you need to have a full timeline. This is what Nokia says of the Path app that will be on the Lumia 1020 soon, “Path with Nokia will bring more than 50 free and premium filter effects; along with high resolution & deep zoom imaging capabilities that allow users to capture and share those personal moments and every day works of art. Path users can also share their location, what music they are listening to or movie they are watching as well as express thoughts and moments, chat with private messages, and share emotions with no words through fun-loving stickers from the Path store.”
Panagraph.it and Foursquare are the other two apps that Nokia has secured exclusivity over on the platform and will bring some goodies to users/owners of the Lumia 1020. While Foursquare is already a multi-platform app, the Lumia 1020 version will be special. It will allow users to take very high resolution photos on checking in to a place with the Lumia 1020’s capable camera and then apply Instagram-style filters (there are 50 of such filters!)
The popular magazine style news feeds aggregator is finally coming to Windows Phone before the year ends.