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Have you ever considered that the Earth is a giant sphere and you are
always on top of it? And that far-away continents and cities are in
reality somewhere below you?
Nokia 3D World Gaze gives you a new kind of viewpoint to the world,
allowing you to see through the surface (and insides) of the planet all
the way to the other side. Just point your phone to some direction and
you will see reality in a way you have never seen before. In addition to
geographical features such as continents in their real physical
locations, Nokia 3D World Gaze allows you to see geotagged media, day
and night regions, current location of the Sun, and other content from
locations around the world.
The application is targeted to anyone interested in exploring and
learning new things about the world around us. It provides a
serendipitous view of the world and can be used anywhere on the planet.
In fact, we encourage you to try it while traveling abroad: the world
looks surprisingly different depending on where you are viewing it from.
Updated 28.09.2011 with these changes:
● The device's real web browser app is now used for opening web links. NOTE: If your device is low on memory, World Gaze may be closed while the browser is open (both apps need a lot of memory).
● Added new unlocked "orbit” mode: you can freely travel around the world by turning the globe.
● Added a fifth content button: "My location”. A glowing user position
marker shows your physical location. The current viewing location is
also shown (see screenshot).
● Full support for Nokia E6: adjusted UI, text sizes and sensor input.
● The main menu is now opened with a swipe gesture (swipe from right
edge). A new help message about the swipe menus will appear when first
starting the app.
● Improved performance of (A)GPS positioning.
● Settings: Added an option to show the help messages again.
● When locking the view direction, the view is automatically straightened so that it does not stay in an awkward angle.
● Screensaver/dimming is disabled while the app is running.
● All thumbnail images cached in memory are deleted when the app goes to
the background, leaving more memory for other applications.
Consequently, images will be re-downloaded from the server when the app
returns to foreground.
● Search markers are not visible on the backside of the planet when viewing from space.
● Fixed a crash that occurred when GPS position was found too quickly.
● Fixed screen refresh issue on Symbian Belle.
How to Use Nokia 3D World Gaze:
You can select Menu → Help at any time to see a description of the toolbar icons and globe view controls.
Internet Access Required
Nokia 3D World Gaze requires an internet connection. If your phone is in
offline mode, no content will be visible (i.e., no city names, photos,
The phone's compass is used to determine which direction it is being
pointed at. Symbian^3 devices do not have an automatically calibrated
compass, so you will need to do a calibration manually each time you run
the application. However, you have the option to skip compass
calibration. In this case, only the manual view turning mode is
available (panning the view with a finger). If you try to unlock the
view (by tapping on the lock icon on the right), you will again be
prompted to calibrate the compass. One relatively easy way to calibrate
the compass is to rotate the device by turning your wrist in such a way
that the phone rotates around in a path the shape of a number 8.
See-Through View / Bird View
By default, Nokia 3D World Gaze starts in the see-through view. In this
view you are seeing the world from your own physical location. You can
start browsing the world by pointing the device to different directions.
If you have not calibrated the compass, the lock mode is on and you can
control the view direction by panning with a finger. You can activate
the lock mode also when you have calibrated the compass (by tapping the
lock toolbar icon). In lock mode you are able to control the view by
panning with a finger. When you unlock the view again, your viewpoint
will return to the real physical pointing direction. If you want to move
your viewpoint upwards to see your location from space, you can do that
by selecting the bird view icon on the right side of the screen. In
bird view mode your viewpoint is lifted upwards but your current
location stays fixed to the center of the screen. In this view you are
able to see areas close to your own location (within a radius of about
1000 km) — especially if you zoom the view closer with the phone volume
keys. When you tap any place on the screen, a city near the tapped
location will appear as a label. This way you can look for cities not
currently visible on the screen. You can zoom the view with the phone
The icons on the left side of the screen are for selecting the content
to be viewed. They can be turned on/off in any combination.
You can preview any content by tapping on it. A preview box will open
showing the content in more detail. The preview box can be closed by
tapping on it or outside it. When the preview is open, you can also
change the content type shown in it by tapping on some other content
type icon on the left. In this case, you will see another content item
from the same location.
The preview box has its own menu for content related functions. You can
open the menu by tapping the menu icon in the lower right corner of the