Nokia Collection for Windows Phone

When Nokia entered the Windows Phone market, one of their strategies to attract customers was to provide exclusive apps and games for their Lumia Windows Phones.  While other Windows Phone manufacturers offer similar collections of apps, the Nokia Collection is by far the largest offering.

From Xbox Live game titles to camera apps to utilities to news apps, the Nokia Collection adds to the attraction the Lumia Windows Phones have.

As of December 2012, Nokia has over 50 exclusive apps and games available to those with Lumia phones.

 

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Windows Phone Central App Roundup: The Nokia Collection

One of Nokia's key elements to success in the Windows Phone market was delivering quality apps and games to the Lumia Windows Phone line. We've seen quality apps such as Sophie Lens HD, AccuWeather, Benji Bananas as well as the line of Nokia imaging apps (Camera, Creative Studio, Video Trimmer, etc.) and navigation apps (Here) populate the Nokia Collection in the Windows Phone Store.

This week's Windows Phone Central roundup we take a look at four titles in the Nokia Collection that are among the newer members of the collection that may have snuck under the radar. We'll take a look at two games and two apps and fear not if you're sporting an HTC or Samsung Windows Phone. Three of the four titles are not exclusive to the Nokia Lumia Windows Phones.  While listed in the Nokia Collection, several of the apps the collection have lost their exclusivity or were released platform wide.

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Nokia’s App Social is a clever app for users. It’s in the Nokia Collection, so exclusive to Lumia owners. However, it’s still a pretty fun way to discover new apps in the Store. App Social is a place where a social network becomes a great place for app discovery. It started out in beta as App Highlights before graduating to App Social. Now there’s a new a new beta version of App Social for you to try out, so let’s check it out.

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Nokia has always been strong in mobile mapping. The HERE mapping platform powers not only Windows Phone 8 apps, but helps provide navigation services and location solutions for companies like Garmin, BMW, Oracle and Amazon. It’s a very valuable business unit for Nokia, which is why it’s not going to Microsoft. That said, it’s great to see the HERE team continuing to pump out solid progress on Windows Phone with cool new apps like HERE Explore. Let’s check it out.

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Windows Phone has its fair share of great games. There are a ton of high quality games from both indie developers and larger game makers. Game developer Miniclip has just released a new game for Windows Phone called Rail Rush. As you may know, Miniclip is no stranger to Windows Phone. They’ve released popular games like Fragger, Gravity Guy, iStunt 2, and others. Now they’ve got another game that’s sure to be addictive. Let’s check it out.

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Nokia World 2013 has been a whirlwind of announcements, one of which was Nokia's new Storyteller app. Available in both Windows Phone and Windows 8.1 form on the newly announced Lumia devices, Storyteller takes all your photos and organises them for you automatically, using HERE maps data to categorise them. It'll even try to select the best photographs for you, trying to eliminate those blurry shots no-one wants to see.

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This morning in Abu Dhabi, Nokia revealed their latest creation for mobile photography: StoryTeller. The app, available on their Lumia 2520 Windows RT 8.1 tablet and Lumia 1520 Windows Phone, allows users to maintain their photos in mini collections, organized for them automatically.

The app works off of Nokia’s HERE Maps, points of interests, time and date. StoryTeller works by using all of that available information to categorize your photos, even selecting the best photos (weeding out blurry ones) for you, to give a unified retelling of your night out.

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Travel a lot and/or wish there was a better way to update your lockscreen with your current location as an image, without having to screenshot the Maps app and add the image manually? You're in luck as Nokia has published LockMapper to the Nokia Collection on the Windows Phone Store. The exclusive app enables you to add your current location to the lockscreen as the background, no matter where you are.

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How do you find out about apps? Blogs, browsing the Windows Phone Store, or maybe asking friends? App Social (previously called App Highlights) from Nokia is one of our favorite ways to discover new apps.

The hybrid social network allows for users to create lists of their favorite apps. And like any good social network, you can follow users if you want to see what sort of apps they recommend. It's another tool for users to discover new and exciting apps. App Social itself is fairly new to the scene. So to help promote it, Nokia's made a pretty funny video. Check it out after the break.  

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Nokia has been busy pushing out small and subtle updates for their core Lumia apps on Windows Phone. While these have not brought any new features, they all tend to say “support for more devices” under their changelogs.

Next week, Nokia is expected to announce a few new Lumias at their Nokia World event in Abu Dhabi. Coincidence? Not at all. Some of those devices should feature a 1080P display, and while current apps will technically run fine at that resolution, developers are encouraged to rethink some scaling and graphics for their apps to make them look the best.

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There are more messaging platforms and services than you can count. We’ve got Skype, WhatsApp, iMessage, Kik, BBM, and others all vying to rule the roost. Which is best really comes down to which one your friends and family are using. We’re fans of Skype and WhatsApp around here, but a lot of folks dig Kik.

What’s the latest on the app? Well curiously enough, it’s now listed in the Nokia Collection. What’s that mean? Let’s find out.

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