On Thursday, Nokia finally took the wraps off its long rumored Lumia 1020. With its 41MP rear-facing camera the Lumia is certainly an impressive piece of hardware, but Nokia appears intent on backing up that hardware with an equally impressive offering of software and features, as the company also announced a slew of popular apps and released an Imaging Software Development Kit (SDK).
Hipstamatic, Path, Vyclone, SNAPCAM, Panagraph, Yelp and Foursquare will be among the first developers to use the recently released SDK to build unique applications for the Nokia 1020. Additionally, it was announced that popular apps Flipboard and Vine will be on the Lumia 1020 and will eventually be coming to other devices running the Windows 8 platform.
These applications will offer unique functions on the Lumia 1020, including the ability to add over 50 filter effects to high-res photos on Foursquare, or the ability to use Yelp as an augmented reality tool to receive restaurant ratings and reviews via the camera lens.
Smartphones have become a primary imaging tool for many users and Nokia has made it one of their primary goals to improve on that functionality. Nokia has always offered an impressive array of imaging software and tools to users, including Smart Camera and Creative studio. Now the manufacturer is aiming to give those same tools to developers in the hope of creating applications that can take advantage of a cornucopia of imaging effects.
The SDK is currently available at a developer.nokia.com and offers more than fifty effects, filters and enhancements.