The arrival of the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820 has delivered some great design innovation but it’s also launched some amazing apps exclusive to Nokia Lumia, such as Nokia Drive+ and Nokia City Lens. Here we look at 20 amazing apps exclusive to Nokia Lumia Windows Phone.
Nokia is working harder than any other manufacturer to make sure that when you pick up your Windows Phone you have the best user experience possible. Nokia Music and Nokia Mix radio brings hassle-free music for free, Nokia Maps continues to be the best mapping solution and with the clutch of new Windows Phone Lenses, such as Cinemagraph and Smart Shoot, your photos will look better than ever.
With that in mind we thought we’d take a look at 20 apps you simply won’t find on any other Windows Phone smartphone.
Nokia City Lens
City Lens gives you an entirely new way to reveal what’s around you using your Nokia Lumia camera display. Simply hold up your phone and City Lens overlays the best shops, restaurants and other points of interest. Tap on the icon and it immediately pulls up al the relevant information you need about that place, including contact details and directions.
Nokia Trailers is the best free app for viewing teasers and trailers for new and upcoming movies. You can browse and discover new movies, stream or download for them for later viewing. You can pin the Live Tile to your Start screen so you’ll get the latest updates as they happen.
Enjoy reading anywhere with Nokia Reading on your Nokia Lumia with Windows Phone 8. Download eBooks or import your own EPUB or PDF files from your SkyDrive account. Read internet news stories with the News stream and set up your own RSS streams from popular newspapers, magazines and blogs.
Discover a world of music and local gigs with Nokia Music. With hours if online listening, choose mixes from the music experts, recommendations based on artists you love, or create your own playlists. Where it differs from other streaming services is that you can download and listen to msuic later offline.
Nokia Maps is now the core application used by Windows Phone 8 as part of its Windows Phone Maps, using Nokia’s geocoding, traffic information and calculated routes. However, you will find that Nokia Maps has its own look and feel and a deeper level of user interaction, such as POI, making it the best mapping experience out there.
Nokia Drive+ is a car navigation app with full offline support without the necessity of a data connection. It offers coverage in 89 countries across six continents. All you need to do before you travel is download the free maps and away you go.
Nokia Transport combines your local public transport options – bus, train, underground – in one simple app. One tap shows you all the different types of transit lines near you. Currently it works in 550 cities worldwide and is being expanded upon all the time.
Get the bigger picture with Nokia’s easy to use Panorama app. Simply take your pictures and the app automatically stitches them into one long image. When you’re done, share your Panoramic view with friends on Facebook or Twitter.
Make more of your pictures with this quick and easy photo editor. Simply swipe through a series of editing tools and quickly adjust colour, balance, remove red eye and apply filters. When you’re done, share your image with friends on Facebook or Twitter.
Smart Shoot lets you take your pictures your way, It shoots five frames for each picture, You can then pick the best faces from each frame and Smart Shoot automatically creates the perfect image. When you’re done, share your images with friends on Facebook or Twitter.
Check out our Smart Shoot hands-on for Windows Phone 8
Cinemagraph is a blend of photo and movie-like animation, creating pictures that seem almost alive. It’s one of those apps that you need to see in action to really get the idea, as it takes the basic notion of a GIF file to the next level. Helpful on-screen assistance lets you select the animated area of your picture and easily create a Cinemagraph.
Transfer My Data
Transfer My Data is a quick and easy way of copying contacts from your old phone to your new Nokia Lumia using Bluetooth. It copies all your contacts into the Windows Phone Hub, from where it’s easy to call, mail, chat or follow friends on your favourite social network.
With Groupon on your Nokia Lumia you can have the possibility to browse, purchase and redeem great deals for your city. No matter where you are, you’ll find there are always deal often offering up to 70 per cent off. What’s more, if you’re travelling you can also check out the best deals in a different city, so you can book special events ahead of time.
Experience weather in a new way with this special version of the Weather Channel app exclusive for Nokia Lumia. The Weather AR (Augmented Reality) app allows you to see weather in a completely new way, while My Friend’s Weather lets you seen how the weather is impacting those near and dear to you. All this plus the most detailed weather for your region.
Watch live TV, read the latest news from the newsroom: UK, World News, Politics, Showbiz and Business, in text or video. Read the weather forecast and the ability to send breaking stories directly in the Sky newsroom.
CNN connects you to the world, wherever you are. Follow up to the minute reporting with breaking news alerts and live video. Lead the conversation by sharing today’s news and dig deeper into the stories that matter to you.
App Highlights is the best way to discover great apps in Marketplace. Tell the app what you like and it’ll show you personalised recommendations based on your interests. It’ll also let you know when new apps that match your profile are also available to download.
The official FIA World Rally Championship app for Nokia Windows Phone. With this rally fans’ must-have app you are up-to-date with results, news and exclusive videos. It also allows you to follow in-rally progress of your favourite teams and drives live on a map.
Follow the latest scores, news, videos and standings from your favourite sports teams from around the world with ESPN on your Nokia Lumia. The latest version allows you to pin your favourites teams to the Start screen, so you can receive updates and score updates via notifications.
Angry Birds Roost
The Nokia Lumia Angry Birds Roost app lets you dive into the world of Angry Birds. Keep up to date with the latest news updates and access to hundreds of wallpapers, ringtones and game walk through. You’ll also find Angry Cam allowing you to take photos of your friends and family and add your favourite Angry Birds.
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