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First ‘real’ Windows Phone 8.1 screenshot leaks, shows upcoming Notification Center

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Windows Phone 8.1 is said to be one of the biggest updates ever to arrive on Microsoft’s mobile platform, with a huge list of rumored features, and now, we are seeing what’s said to be the first and only ‘real’ Windows Phone 8.1 screenshot. The blurry image coming from TheVerge’s Tom Warren Twitter account shows the settings for the upcoming ‘Notification Center’ in Windows Phone, a feature that is expected to mimic Android’s notification dropdown and store all your unread notifications. It's an image previously posted by Windows-focused site WMPowerUser, but now it gets endorsed by Microsoft insider Warren as the 'only real' WP8.1 picture.

You can see 4 toggles that will allegedly show in this new ‘Notification Center’ - a GPS, brightness, Wi-Fi and Flight mode ones. You can also select notifications from which exact apps to appear in the new notifications hub, and we are seeing the option to turn on and off at least email and messaging. A murky new feature inside the notifications hub is ‘banners’ that you can choose to show or not. Moreover, we are seeing that receiving notifications in this central hub will not disable live tile notifications. Interestingly, rumor has it that notifications in the new version of Windows Phone will be actionable, so you could respond to them right in that 'Notification Center'.

First ‘real’ Windows Phone 8.1 screenshot leaks, shows upcoming Notification Center
Given that this comes from a source with a good track record, we can be fairly certain in the authenticity of the screenshot. A Windows Phone ‘Notification Center’ has been a feature sorely missing on a platform where you have to hunt down missed notifications, so it’s definitely welcome.

We’ve also heard rumors about a new Siri-like voice assistant coming to Windows Phone 8.1, called ‘Cortana’. However, this and other features of the update (as well as the update itself) are not officially confirmed by Microsoft, and we only expect to see it announced in early April at the company’s Build dev conference. 

Even earlier, though, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, rumor is that Nokia will unveil the first devices to run on WP8.1, and one of them is said to come with a 1440 x 2560-pixel (QHD) display, an interesting rumor given that Windows Phone currently supports 1080p screens at maximum.

source: @TomWarren

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posted on 29 Jan 2014, 08:47 13

1. papss (unregistered)


Whoop!! Look who is learning new tricks to catch up.. WP8 FTW

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:15 8

6. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


learning? or copying...

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:20 10

8. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


You mean how Samsung is copying WP UI on its Android smartphones ?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:27 8

11. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


hahaha...WP copied AOL...dude don't play this copying game because your always gonna loose...microsoft didn't invent the tiled OS!!

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:31 6

13. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"dude don't play this copying game because your always gonna loose".
Clearly, he didn't start it. Look above. Why don't you tell that to the user who started it?

And it's lose*. He did not say anything about Microsoft inventing "tiled OS".

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:32 7

15. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Pointing out grammar because you can't think of anything constructive...and my post applied to everyone i just replied to the latest post...

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:47 3

26. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"Pointing out grammar because you can't think of anything constructive "

No. Clearly, you do not have a proper response to my comment, but the spelling correction. It's actually you who can't think of anything "constructive".

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:03 1

34. mousesports (Posts: 253; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


lol ... no one can say that Iphone copy the proceduure of " How a camera do a picture " NOOBS . So no one can say someones copy the tiled OS

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 13:31 1

53. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


at least nobody says samsung ''learning new tricks''

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:20 5

9. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Copying? You mean like the many features that Google copied from Windows Mobile and IOS on Android?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 13:32

54. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


just like microsoft copied apple years ago...

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 16:26

55. zdprince (Posts: 21; Member since: 10 May 2013)


Could you be a bit specific please. What did Microsoft copy from Apple?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:27 2

10. papss (unregistered)


You mean like android did from WM?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:29 3

12. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Like i said above...dont play this copying game its pointless...you will lose every time because its often the smaller companies which get the good ideas then the big ones which buy them out and pretended they invented there ideas...

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:34 1

17. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


"Like i said above...dont play this copying game its pointless"

Like I said above...It was the user above who started it. Now, reply the same to comment 6. Come on, I dare you. ;)

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:35 1

19. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


read my above comment...your pointless

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:42 4

20. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


You're *

Don't think Google "invented" anything new, most of their features are copied from other OS's including Windows 9x.

And point out how my comment is pointless. Either way your comment is worthless. And why are you not replying that to comment 6? Be a man and do it!

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:50 2

29. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Dude, the only thing Google has REALLY invented or perhaps bettered is Search. The rest have all been aquired or bought due to their huge pile of cash.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:56 1

31. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Zuckerboy's comment was true...if WP have included a Notification centre then it is clearly taking design cues from all previous OSes before it...including plm, iOS, android and all other OSes

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:04 1

35. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Did I say anything that goes against comment 6? I'm simply daring you to use your "copy" comment to reply to him, but you fail to do so, proving that you're not man enough. So? You start on the non-Android fans. Typical. Even many Android fans are hating on you.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:45 2

23. papss (unregistered)


Read above? You said nothing about his response that was to a fandroid that started the copy comment but I expect that from a lemming. Take your goggles off before commenting

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:54

30. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


LOL, so many Nokia fanboys...your all in denial thinking Nokia or WP invented everything new...its simply not true...you all can simply not appreciate the fact that the copying game is pointless...lets be real over the past 10 years google has innovated more than microsoft or nokia...

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:01

33. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


You love being humiliated don't you? Who said anything about WP or Nokia inventing anything? How can an operating system copy something? And like I said, why don't you reply the "copy" comment to comment 6? Aren't you a man to do that?

And again, you are changing topics as usual, because you know you can never fight back.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:06

37. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


you rely can't read can you..."Zuckerboy's comment was true...if WP have included a Notification centre then it is clearly taking design cues from all previous OSes before it...including plm, iOS, android and all other OSes" and your comment of..."How can an operating system copy something?"...is ridiculous...becasue i vaguely remember you on the iOS 7 article saying they had copied android and wp...please stop because I'm getting tired of listening to endless nokia drivel

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:13 1

39. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I can read. I can type. You can't read or type, just look at your responses that do not actually respond to comments, like your comment here! I have not said anything about IOS copying anything, companies copy, not operating systems.

Quote the comment that says anything about WP/Nokia inventing anything. Go on. And you haven't replied to comment 6. I'm waiting.

You started it, you get tired of listening to "enless nokia drivel". Don't expect other users to stop the shit you've started. You want this stopped because you can't defend yourself. Pull out your white flag if you want to end humiliation.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:13 1

40. papss (unregistered)


Leave this wp8 article then.. Its pretty simple to comprehend that Nokia/wp fans are going to post when the subject is about said platform..
first mention of "copy" was from zucker but you chose to by pass that comment for the defense comment.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:05 2

36. mousesports (Posts: 253; Member since: 28 Feb 2013)


go and post to samsung forum .. We dont really care about your useless opinion .

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:06 2

38. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Tell me something relevant/usefull that has been invented/innovated by Google in the last 10 years.
And do not say Android cuz they bought the company which created the OS.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 12:34

50. CEMIII (Posts: 110; Member since: 26 Jun 2013)


YEAH TELL'EM
STEP TO THE STAGE_ TO LATE NokiaFTW BLEW IT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:49 2

28. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


WM? Windows Mobile? What did we copy from WM?

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 11:17

45. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


C languange :D FTW

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 11:21

46. SleepingOz (unregistered)


learning new tricks from others, that's basically what every company does..

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:34

18. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1625; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


hardly learning...it has been around for a while...

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 08:55 3

2. naveenstuns (Posts: 172; Member since: 19 Feb 2012)


this pic is really old.. I saw it in a phonearena article 2 months ago

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 08:57 4

3. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


@#1
It still needs to learn how to reply and thumb up comments on Phonearena.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:09 2

5. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I* (not "it").

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:33 2

16. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


I will change it, if you explain how to click the reply and thumbs up button, here in PhoneArena, through IE10 of WP8.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:43 3

21. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2043; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


I'm currently liking comments and replying you through IE10 on my Lumia 520. You clearly haven't used a Windows Phone before.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:45

24. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


So he can like and reply to comments? Haha, he managed to reply to my comment!

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:43

22. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1394; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


I haven't been on this website using WP. Try the desktop site.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:46 1

25. papss (unregistered)


You have to go to the mobile site man

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:46 1

43. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Nope. Its the desktop version. Since the reply and the thumbs up button appear only when the mouse hovers over a comment, i have to place my thumb on a comment for those buttons to become visible
Still, i can't press it. I'm on Lumia Black update (GDR3) and that problem hasn't been resolved.

@21
"You clearly haven't used a Windows Phone before."
I had a WP7.5 device, and now, a WP8 device.

@24
"So he can like and reply to comments? Haha, he managed to reply to my comment!"
Through my desktop PC

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 11:22 4

47. corporateJP (Posts: 1564; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Don't feel bad, it doesn't do it either on my Lumia 620.

Have to use my Android tab to come here...LOL.

Simple proof that none of the big three OS' are perfect, however each has some very distinct advantages.

Peace.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 11:33 1

49. papss (unregistered)


I'm commenting from my 1520 so I'm not sure what you mean

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 13:16

52. alterecho (Posts: 1085; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Try it on the desktop version of this website (browser->settings->Website preferences->desktop version and reload PhoneArena).
It works on every other OS.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:06 3

4. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 746; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


I think if I have a Windows Phone and I need to see notifications, chances are I have a Live Tile for that particular app, so I don't see a reason why I (keyword: I) need to get so hyped about a notification centre.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:15 2

41. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


You don't need a notification center. Live tiles actually work better in my opinion. MS is adding it to pacify the android hoard who don't want to try something different.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 18:31

56. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 746; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Actually, I highly doubt they will add a notification centre, since they are trying so hard to be different from other OSes

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:15 2

7. rcranium (Posts: 28; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Give a real music player with a widget and some good shmups and I'm set! 1520

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:49 1

27. papss (unregistered)


What about your music tile? It displays in real time and if you hit the volume rocker it brings up the music playing

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 09:32 1

14. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I think they could work on the overall appearance of the notification center a bit more. Looks too plain and old.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:17

42. DFranch (Posts: 140; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


That screenshot only shows the setup for the notification center, not the actual notification center.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:53

44. GeekMovement (Posts: 1505; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Good point, you're right, I missed that. They could work on the settings menu design in that case (:

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 10:01 1

32. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1007; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)


I dont understand why Windows is just now adding notification alerts to their phones!! Better late than never I guess

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 11:23

48. corporateJP (Posts: 1564; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)


Forget the haters, I'm happy about this!

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 13:01

51. 1701nino (unregistered)


Android is the best at everything,everybody else is copying from them...except apple and microsoft.

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