Get Started with Windows Phone 8 Lenses

Get Started with Windows Phone 8 Lenses

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From the very beginning, as you’ve no doubt heard us say, Windows Phone has been about delivering outstanding experiences to end users and giving developers contextually relevant mechanisms to expose their offerings, so that apps aren’t hidden deep on the fifth page of a grid of icons never to be used again. Instead, we’ve built in extensibility points throughout our OS so that end users see your apps when they’re relevant, giving you a better opportunity to develop a relationship with your users.

One of the ways we’re expanding on this approach in Windows Phone 8 is with the new Lenses feature. Lenses enable developers to do something that can’t be done on any other platform: extend the native camera viewfinder of the phone. The camera application space is currently a hotbed of innovation; our Lenses feature makes Windows Phone a compelling place to build these types of apps.

For users, lenses are presented as an option every time they use the camera on their phone. Lenses give users a contextually relevant way to access your photo manipulation apps. From the lens space in the UI, users can directly access a listing of lens apps in the Windows Phone Store.





User clicks on lens button to bring up
available lenses, or find more




Here are a few examples of the lens feature in a few prominent apps on Windows Phone 8:

  • Bing Translator: frame foreign words in the camera viewfinder, and get instant translations.
  • Cam Wow: real-time camera filters and effects.
  • ReadyClick: use your voice to activate the camera shutter.

We’ve produced quite a few resources to help you get started building Lens applications today:

Lenses are a perfect example of how the underlying philosophy of Windows Phone translates in to real tangible ways in which you can innovate, build, and publish outstanding apps in ways that can’t quite be done on the other platforms.

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  • and if you look at the free version of zombies night out

    160.000 downloads and from our ads shows that are a round 1000 people play every day

    the buy version with no trail ,, a round 20 to 50 download every day, and our ads segement for the version shows a round 100 players every day

    hope you fix this soon,

    Michael Hansen

  • what we do not understand is this there have benn 15.000 download of our game wicth has no trail ,, you can only buy this version

    but yet you only report sold 223 copys ,,

    so this is not possible ,, is it

    take a look at zombies night out

    what shall we do , i written to the apphub support last year and this year , and the answher is this

    you can not do any thing about it we are still wating

    and one of your employ sugested that is was lying , but no

    by the way you have recorded the conversasion os you start out in the beginning of the phone call says

    we are still wating ,,

    how manny developers you cheating out of revenue

    hope you fix this soon ,, and start paying out


  • what are you doing to developere microsoft

    i see you are still in the bussiness of killing smal town developers

    how low can you go

  • As a user, how do I remove available lenses? I don't want to see cnn iReport in my lenses list.

  • Hoosier
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    I promise not to troll the site about this (after this post), but a friend just ran into a limitation of Windows Phone 8 that is pretty embarrassing and goes against the spirit of this post claiming "Windows Phone has been about delivering outstanding experiences."  The problem is described here:

    A friend with Windows Phone 8 tries to download and play a WAV voicemail file from an email but gets a message that the phone can't play the file.  I try playing the same file on my Windows Phone 7.5 device, and it works fine.  That's egg on both of our faces.  Me recommending the phone and the friend buying the phone.  Although I considered myself a Window Phone fan, I agree with the poster in the Suggestion Box that this is what returns are for.

    Why would Microsoft remove support for common codecs in Windows Phone 8?  If this is an oversight, I'd urge you to respond quickly.  Otherwise, I'd like an explanation on why Windows Phone 8 is bucking the trend and making things difficult for end users and developers alike.