Windows Phone 8 apps: BaconIt, Nokia Maps and PhotoBeamer

Daniel Bader

November 30, 2012 7:21pm

‘Tis the season, folks. App updates for Windows Phone 8 are being released at blazing speeds (OK, that’s not true at all), replete with high-definition assets, fast resume and big live tile support.

First, arguably the best Reddit client for Windows Phone, BaconIt, has been updated to version 2.5. Not only does the app support fast resume, which allows you to tap on the live tile and resume your place in the app, as opposed to it opening a new instance, but there are high-definition assets, better sharing support (including tap to send NFC sharing) and huge performance improvements. It’s a great app, and one of the best examples of how versatile the Metro interface truly is.

Next up, Nokia Maps has been updated for Windows Phone 8. Well, that’s not entirely true — it comes preloaded on all Lumia 920 devices — but it has seen some performance improvements and bug fixes since launch. We tested it on our Lumia 920 and confirmed that the app starts faster, locks on to our location more accurately, and performs with a general sense of expeditiousness.

Lastly, the first fruits of Nokia’s acquisition of imaging masters Scalado, the company has launched a revamped version of PhotoBeamer. Titled, coincidentally, PhotoBeamer, it allows users to transfer photos to their desktop computers using the magic of QR codes. Just open the app, choose a photo, or multiple photos, head to, point your phone’s camera at the QR code, and those photos are automagically transferred to your computer. Easy as pie.

Oh, Nokia’s Smart Shoot app has been updated, too. Nothing major, but a few nips and tucks make for a better Lens experience. For more information on Smart Shoot, read our Nokia Lumia 920 review.

So, tell us: if you’re rocking a brand new Windows Phone 8 device, what apps are indispensable to you?

Via: WPCentral (2), Nokia

  • Wendal

    WP8 is dead in the water until Microsoft launches their own Foxconn-made handset in mid-2013 with Potentially what will be called WP9.

  • Anthony Moretti

    I got a Lumia 920 (black) for $450 off craigslist (no contract), do I need an anti-virus and if so which one?

    I ask because Windows lost its AV-Test certification from the German lab for stopping only 64% of known and published 0day vulnerabilities. Then I saw the various posts about IE10 being seriously compromised on the desktop as well as phone because it’s the same browser.

    I might able to make $20-50 reselling it if I move fast before Christmas, so what can I do to protect myself if I kept it

  • Me

    Is the author trying to be funny or he’s just a r****d?

  • lia octoviany

    My nokia 610 but can’t mms & sent picture,

    • Howdidyougetthere

      MMS & pictures require an active data plan.

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  • Matthew

    Taptitude is the one app I can’t go without! An excellent game that is only on Windows Phone 7/8.

  • Watsan

    Nokia city lens has been a lot of fun to use when reacquainting myself with Toronto neighborhoods! If I had to choose one though, it is easily the music app with a Xbox music pass- unlimited downloads, with an option to stream on demand for a reasonable monthly charge. By far it sees the most usage out of my Lumia 920!

  • Kenny

    Baconit, Connectivity Shortcuts (provides live tiles for Mobility, WiFi, Bluetooth and Flight mode that you can pin to your start screen) and Logic Games. Its not really an app but I have to agree Xbox Music is a great deal.

  • Renton

    Photobeamer is not available for me. Lumia 900 on Rogers.