Nokia News Roundup: City Lens, Free Nokia Music, WP7.8 Update

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Tomorrow’s the big day for Nokia, when we expect the company to officially unveil its first wave of Windows Phone 8 handsets at its press event with Microsoft. Even with one more day to go, Nokia’s all over the news this morning; let’s take a quick look at what’s been going on.

First up, we’ve got the release of City Lens 1.1. The augmented reality app had been in beta for some time now, and is finally going official. Well, sort of official, anyway, as it looks like it hit the Marketplace a little early and some users have been reporting trouble accessing it; expect everything to smooth-out shortly.

Then there’s Nokia Music bringing free streaming to some Lumia owners in the US. The service features 150 curated playlists, or lets you create your own. While you can stream for free all you want, you can also cache streams to your phone, for listening when you’re offline. The app’s available to 900 and 710 users.

Finally, we get a hint about the forthcoming release of Windows Phone 7.8 updates for existing Lumia models. Tweets from an employee claim that Nokia is planning to release updates for the Lumia series later this week. While he doesn’t specify the content, given the timing, WP7.8 sounds like a strong possibility.

Source: WPCentral, Nokia, Dave Trevaskus (Twitter)
Via: Engadget, My Nokia Blog

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!