Nokia updates its 3D World Gaze app

The experimental and beta augmented reality app by Nokia called the 3D World Gaze has been updated with some tweaks to provide better functionality and better features to its users. The app 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.

In addition to geographical features such as continents in their real physical locations, Nokia 3D World Gaze allows you to see geo-tagged media, day and night regions, current location of the Sun, and other content from locations around the world.

Here are the new 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 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.