Here Drive Updated – Take a look at Here drive & Explorer

HERE suite of location services are the  best out there, and we all know it. HERE range recently got updated with a blue theme, previously it matched your theme color. Now it is all B, as in blue and better. Here Drive got updated to 4.0.5399.0 a strange no. to put up instead of just 4.0.540. Lets us see what is new.


Now you can set the time interval to update the traffic into from 5-30 minutes and also hide the updates which is not going to affect your route.


Another update is find my car, this is really interesting as it allows you to locate your car while leaving it and go where ever you want and what ever you want to do, and when its time to go back, it will direct you to where you left your car. Pretty cool isn’t.


Live traffic updates


Wish it also shows POI too. We still have all those hidden under places.


That is Temple Tower & Periyar Building in 3D view. If you happen to live in Chennai, India you’ll know this place. 3D maps is super cool!

Okay that is all new in HERE Drive, let us see about HERE Explore which is right now in beta.


See HERE suite is fully in blue. If you see your theme color there, then it means you are having the old version.

Now all HERE suite services has collections included in it. Collections are as the name implies collections of your favourite places.



HERE Explorer lets you explorer the places around you using Nokia’s LiveSite. It shows the POI nearby.

If you search in the web its giving error right now, but works well in the phone. Update and enjoy the new features HERE has to offer.

1Shot Beta

There are already a hell lot of Camera apps for Windows Phone, which is for us, a good thing! So, what makes 1Shot a worthy contender in the crowded place? Lets see..

 The inbuilt camera app of Windows Phone is quite minimal but it gets the work done like a champ for many. But hey, Nokia is reowned for its camera powress and we need to make the most of its  hardware power.  This is where 1Shot Excels its hyper  simple, yet has some pro level features not found in the default camera app which you can find in the Nokia Pro cam. Remember Pro cam is not for all Lumia devices! While 1Shot is mainly aimed at providing something which i’ll talk about soon, it can be used any Lumia’s or Windows Phone for that matter, even on 512MB RAM devices. It so lite on resources, with easy tap to shoot like the default app and also at the same time packed with way more features, its a win-win for all.

  • Features:
  1. Flash – Auto, On, Off.
  2. Timer – Off, 2 seconds, 10 seconds.
  3. Shooting Modes – Single shot, multiple, bracketing.
  4. Scenes – Auto, Macro, Sport, Night, landscape, Night Portrait, Backlit.
  5. Zoom – Slide to zoom.
  6. Focus – Auto, Manual with focus assist light.
  7. Nokia Imaging SDK filters

We had the privilege to use the app the very first, and since then to the latest version, the app has evolved a lot. It was first named as EasyShot, but its now 1Shot. Not sure why the developer changed it, guess that will make his app to appear on top of the app list in your phones. And another fact is that it had an option to change from pinch to zoom or swipe to zoom under the settings earlier. Which is now just swipe to zoom, given that even Nokia Pro Cam is a swipe to zoom, swiping seems more natural to a Lumia user.

If you think that is all, you are dead wrong. We have not even into the app at all, the USP of the app is something many will love, where many means owners of 1020 & 1520.
  • Full Resolution capture & syncing to SkyDrive

Yup, full resolution capture and syncing it back to SkyDrive onto your PC or whatever large screen device of your’s running Windows. Till now you have to physically connect the 1020 to the PC to make use the full resolution shot. That scenario is no more, this app allows you to get rid of that problem all together. It syncs the full resolution images to the SkyDrive which allows you to directly share or use the high quality awesomeness from 1020’s camera to the world. With this unique feature which no other app offers right now, along with feature packed offering in a lite package makes 1Shot a no brainer. Lumia owners other than 1020 give this a shot and the lucky ones sporting a 1020, what the hell are you doing still? Go grab it now! And given that its still in beta, spare some time to report your feedback to the developer via the options within the app.

Publisher: Invoke IT Ltd
Developer: Hermit
Screenshots of the app:
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