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Nokia Upgrades Its Augmented Reality Browser ‘Live View’

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One of the minor but noteworthy things Nokia announced today at its Nokia World event in London is the release of an updated version of its augmented reality browser Live View, previously available in early beta. You can download the app here.

Note that the app is still in beta, but the updated version brings many goodies if you’re into the whole augmented reality thing (and if you use a compatible Nokia phone).

Live View, like other augmented reality browsers like Layar, uses your phone’s camera viewfinder to spot nearby places and shows what’s around you: landmarks, ATMs, restaurants, bars, shops, public transport stations and more.

These are the new features introduced today:

  • Live View is now available in several views – Camera viewfinder view, List view, Maps view. Accessible via screen navigation circles on the menu bar
  • Settings to configure the distance in Miles vs. Kilometers
  • Search and My Stuff – Search for a place and access previously searched items from My Stuff
  • Places grouping – when many places are located at the same location they are grouped and can be accessed by expanding the group
  • Browse through the Famous Places around the world
  • Scrollable List view sorted by distance with places details and orientation
  • A single click access to Call, View Ratings, Walk, Drive or Share the place
  • Layout, UI and performance improvements

For other announcements on the apps/services side of the equation, click here.