A curious story has been transpiring over at WP territory – forums, blogs and such. Namely, with Windows Phone 8.1, aka Blue, drawing ever closer, we're naturally getting into the leaks phase when the first few snippets of shady intel begin finding their way into the public domain. That, at least, is how events usually transpire.
But, the leaks around Windows Phone 8.1 Blue are of a different type – they're rather convincing, match expectations, and one leakster in particular seems to have more than your usual scoop. As is to be expected, @qxerro, the leakster in question, has become a sort of the go-to-person for Windows Phone 8.1 information, now that the initial skepticism has been mostly washed away. So, keeping the salt handy, here's a piece of what's coming.
Among the major changes is the new Notifications Center which will work in a manner similar to Android, in the sense that incoming notifications will be interactable, meaning that, supposedly, you'll be able to answer a Facebook message without having to open the app. Another functionality of the new Notifications Center are the so called 'ghost notifications' -- these won't pop-up in real time and bother you, but you'll see them once you open up the Center. Moreover, according to the tipster, Nokia's Pro Cam will be the default camera app, and will be available to all devices running WP 8.1.
Another major bit is that Cortana, Microsoft's answer to Google Now and Siri, has been confirmed once again by the new leaks.
Anything else? You bet! The trio of Windows-esque buttons on the bottom of every WP device will now also function in a manner similar to Android:
Long press the Start button: brings up Cortana
Double press the Start button: “What is going on area?!”
Double press the Back button: ends current app
You probably deciphered two of these quite easily, though what @qxerro means with “what is going on arena?!” is slightly puzzling, however a candidate guess would be that Microsoft is working on some kind of an integrated location-based service, if the leaks prove to be true that is. @qxherro also posted (available from the source at the very bottom) what appears to be the first in a series of episodes that we'll be anxiously awaiting to get a more visual representation of how WP 8.1 may end up functioning.
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