Nokia has recently uploaded a teaser video for what appears like the City Lens app. It shows a woman walking down a street, and words appearing the shop at her side. The words include the shop’s address, its star rating from a magazine, and the check-ins and number of “likes” it has gotten from friends.
The video seems to hint at partnerships with Foursquare, which provides the number of check-ins, and Facebook, which is responsible for tracking the number of “likes.” The teaser ends with a date, 05.09.2012, which is the same date for Nokia’s Windows Phone 8 Lumia event that will take place in New York City.
City Lens is a Windows Phone app that was first shown to the public during this year’s CES. It was later released as a beta version, and was most recently updated last month when Nokia moved it out of beta status.
In a nutshell, the app uses the device’s camera and an augmented reality style to show the nearby shops, restaurants, hotels, landmarks, and other interesting locations. Along with the names of the establishments, it adds other pertinent information. Nokia likewise gives users the option to not use the augmented reality view and choose a list view or a maps view instead, both of which would display the same information. In the most recent version, Nokia included a share option included to tell others where one is headed through SMS, e-mail, or social networks. Users are given the choice of saving their recent searches, as well.
Nokia could take advantage of the September 5th event to announce the new features of City Lens, particularly its partnerships with Foursquare and Facebook.
Apart from this, however, Nokia is expected to have a long list of announcements to make. Among those which have been circulating in rumors are the Nokia Lumia wireless charging pad, the Nokia Lumia 920 PureView and the Nokia Lumia 820 Arrow.