Windows Phone 8 photographers: the wait will soon be over. Instagram is going to have an official app for Microsoft's mobile platform.
Announced today at the Nokia World conference in Abu Dhabi alongside two new Lumia phablets and Nokia's first tablet, the Windows Phone 8 Instagram app will replace the third-party efforts from apps like 6tag that have filled the Windows Phone Store in recent months. Instead of trying to post through unofficial channels, Lumia photographers will be able to have the same user experience is their iOS- and Android-using friends.
Instagram wasn't the only photography app announced at this morning's conference. Nokia took some time during its media frenzy to send attention towards the developers who promise updates as well as brand new apps.
Here's a list of new and updated apps from Nokia's official blog:
By merging two of its most powerful and popular stand-alone photo apps — Pro Camera and Smart Camera — Nokia has makes it easier than ever to shoot and adjust photos, or create amazing motion shots and videos. Coming soon.
Relive your memories in a dynamic and interactive way. Storyteller integrates your pictures with HERE location information, then plots the chronological picture journey on a map. Video, animated Cinemagraphs, and burst shots make your experiences come to life. Coming soon.
Share high-res photos with friends and family between a variety of devices. Phriz.be will soon also offer this feature for documents. Available now.
Create and share multiple custom Instagram photo feeds with Windows Phone 8. Instagram account holders can Like and Comment on Instagram photos directly from PicFeed. Easily discover new content through feeds pre-loaded with some of the best photos on Instagram. Coming soon.
Forget cropping and resizing your photos yourself. Smart Resize can analyse and images and decide what’s important and what’s not, automatically cropping the visual clutter.
SophieLensHD, has been redesigned for larger displays like the 6-inch display on the Lumia 1520. Pick from a variety of beautiful new filter packs and weave in HERE location information, Wikipedia commentary — or even your own notes — using the new template-driven user interface.
The new and improved Vyclone Pro video collaboration app is designed to take advantage of the 1080p screen on the Lumia 1520, sporting an updated user interface that lets you record and upload videos from anywhere, plus select from three exclusive video filters. Coming soon.
And yes, Vine is still "coming soon." Nokia showed off the app, which was originally announced in July, with a series of interactive slides. The app has just entered beta testing, so it should be available within the next month or so.