Action Center for Windows Phone 8.1 shown on video

Action Center for Windows Phone 8.1 shown on video
The flood of information about the Windows Phone 8.1 update continues, and as has become customary, the new info is coming from the Windows Phone 8.1 SDK. It looks like a new version of the update has been pushed, because we're finally getting a look at the new Action Center through the majesty of video rather than just still images.

The video is fairly short and it doesn't actually show any interactions with notifications, but it does show off the new Quick Settings toggles that will be present in the Action Center. We had seen screenshots before that showed these slots, and we had heard rumors that they would be customizable, but now we have the proof. By default, the Quick Settings slots hold options for a Wi-Fi toggle, Bluetooth toggle, Airplane Mode, and Driving Mode; but, you will be able to swap out any of those for other options, including a Camera button, Location toggle, Internet Sharing, Rotation Lock, VPN, and Project My Screen. 

The video also shows that you will likely be able to turn off notifications from specific apps and control the notification sounds in the centralized settings menu in the Action Center. The video only shows the Messaging settings, but there is an on/off toggle and notification sound settings which we would expect to extend to any apps that pass through the Action Center. 

The Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview is expected to be released at Microsoft's Build Developer Conference in April with the full update coming to users over the summer. 

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1. papss unregistered

More good information regarding this rather large update.

6. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Can't wait for 8.1. They have done bunch of improvement. Bunch of features, I'm excited.

12. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

They can't say that WP doesn't have features after 8.1!

18. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

Windows is a new OS. it needs time to develop more features. Android, iOS, Blackberry. they all had their beginning as well. People complaining are either very new to mobile market and never used those java based flip phones.

20. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Well said dude. I totally agree. Last sentence is very affective.

26. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

it copies android but still not good as android (which can customize anything)

27. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

My nexus 5 can't customize toggles button in notification.

2. aayupanday

Posts: 582; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

WP finally catching up.. All they need now is a proper file manager. BTW the device seems to be a Lumia 520 or 525

5. TuanGugu

Posts: 46; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

No it is not Lumia 525. I own one & it is different.. For example the Nokia branding for 525 is in the middle, not on the right. Hehe

7. kamejoko

Posts: 253; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

copy from android.

16. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Copy from Symbian, Maemo, Windows Mobile.

21. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

No, mobile users requested it.

8. ZeroCide

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

I agree that a proper file manager is an improtant feature to WP. I hope they add this by release time as WP gets closer to being like RT which is like the PC version of windows. I hope this is in the plan as they unify the OS.

10. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

For me they need proper Google Services support then they'd earn their place at the big boys table. Without Google Services Windows Phone is as dead to me as webOS; fun to play with, but just a novelty.

17. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

google aint cooperating man!

29. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

It's take two hands to clap.

11. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

There is going to be a "file picker" similar to what W8.1 has..

15. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

It's the 920

22. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

3. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Well that's something good and refreshing that make us forget the stupid on screens button of the htc M8

4. freebee269

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

This article is wrong. This is not a new version of the update. This is a an old build of wp8.1 SDK. So the action center may not even be like this come Microsoft build conference in April. Also this phone doesn't have a Sim card in it or Microsoft account connected to it so it doesn't show apps that will be allowed in the action center also.

9. cleat-glitch

Posts: 109; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

sorry...i just came to this article because i saw a yellow nokia

13. lucid.brat unregistered

Its ok don't have to say sry for this

14. Nabil2511

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 27, 2014

why is it only 4 items at a time? can you add more?

23. X.E.R.O. unregistered

WP is starting to look like Android, which isn't a bad thing.

24. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

No, Android is starting to look like WP in aesthetics and features, WP has added features Android users and others alike had been asking for, big difference.

25. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Not a bad thing at all. More power to the consumer! :D

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