07 November 2011
The First Public Release Of
Nokia 3D World Gaze For MeeGo Devices
After carefully evaluating users' needs and suggestions, the team behind the 3D World Gaze application announced the availability of the first public release of Nokia 3D World Gaze application for Meego powered devices, e.g. Nokia N9.
The new Nokia N9 version has a couple of useful new features such as locating the exact opposite side of the Earth, and making Wikitravel searches based on city names.
Although it brings number of new features and many bug fixes to help enhance overall stability and performance this latest release is still meant to be used for testing purpose only.
Since app is the beta phase it is expectable more bugs to surface so it will be great to provide feedback on how you feel about this new way of looking at the world and what kind of new content you would like to see in the app.
For those who know, Nokia 3D World Gaze gives you a new kind of viewpoint to the world, allowing you to see through the surface (and insides) of the planet all the way to the other side. Just point your phone to some direction and you will see reality in a way you have never seen before.
Updated 29.08.2011 with these changes:
- Added pinch zooming and inertia scrolling for the globe view.
- A loading spinner is shown on the left when the app is loading the initial content set after launching. The content toolbar buttons appear after the content has finished loading. Previously there was no indication of when data was being loaded.
- Added a new Settings panel that can be accessed by swiping inward on the left edge (view slides to the right).
- Option for using miles for distances instead of kilometers (Settings panel).
- Option for showing the amount of transferred data on-screen (Settings panel).
- Previewer: items without a title will now correctly show author information.
- Previewer: for items in the U.S., detailed location info is looked up using Geonames (state, street address). (Note: the Geonames.org web service may be offline intermittently.)
- The label for the nearest city is now always visible, even in the bird view and when other labels are hidden.
- Improved performance and stability of server backend and set up a backup server. The app will automatically try the backup server in case the main one cannot be reached or suddenly becomes unavailable.
- New icon for the app in line with the overall Symbian Anna theme.
Nokia 3D World Gaze
This new and experimental mixed reality application from Nokia Beta labs gives you a new kind of perspective: a 3D, real-time, first-person view to the entire world. You can simply look down through the Earth to see all the continents, cities, media, and other information where they exist in reality.
Just point your phone to any direction and the physical reality of the other side of the Earth will be revealed. The app gives you a new way to think about the relationship between the planet Earth and you on it -- we live on a giant sphere and far-away cities and continents are actually somewhere below us.
In addition to geographical features such as continents in their real physical locations, Nokia 3D World Gaze allows you to see geotagged media, day and night regions, current location of the Sun, and other content from locations around the world.
Nokia 3D World Gaze is targeted to anyone interested in exploring and learning new things about the world around us. The app provides a serendipitous view of the world and it can be used anywhere on the planet.
In fact, we encourage you to try it while traveling abroad: the world looks surprisingly different depending on where you are viewing it from. We are running the beta now to further improve the app and enhance it to better suit your needs. We are particularly interested in hearing your feedback on how you feel about this new way of looking at the world and what kind of new content you would like to see in the app.
The application is targeted to anyone interested in exploring and learning new things about the world around us. It provides a serendipitous view of the world and can be used anywhere on the planet. In fact, we encourage you to try it while traveling abroad: the world looks surprisingly different depending on where you are viewing it from.