Microsoft buys back Nokia Lumia 920 that had early version of Windows Phone Blue installed

Microsoft buys back Nokia Lumia 920 that had early version of Windows Phone Blue installed
On Saturday, we told you about a Nokia Lumia 920 purchased by someone from eBay that was installed with an early version of Windows Phone Blue. We showed you the notifications center as well as changes to the calendar. When Microsoft saw the leak, they went on the offensive to purchase the phone back. Reddit user Chinaman28, who had purchased the phone, received his money back for the purchase from the Redmond based software giant, along with a new Nokia Lumia 920.

As it turns out, Chinaman28 must have known that the model of the Nokia Lumia 920 in his possession should not have been sold in the first place as it had the letters "MSFT" laser etched into the back of the phone. That happens to be Microsoft's NASDAQ stock symbol. In addition, when booted up the phone, the words "Not for re-sale" popped up in red.

The bad news is that the version of Windows Phone Blue seen on the handset was only an early model and the notification center has since been removed from later versions of Windows Phone Blue. There is no word on whether the weekly calendar view or the ability to close down apps from the multitasking view have survived to the latest iteration of the OS.

source: Reddit

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Lumia 920
  • Display 4.5" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8.7 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2000 mAh(10.8h 3G talk time)



1. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Sounds like Google got its patent application for the notification center function allowed. Otherwise, why would MS have removed a notification function that looked oh-so similar to the Android notification function? Maybe Apple is going to have some problems in the not-so-distant future. Does iOS v. 7 remove the notification function?

14. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

Patents patents everywhere..

23. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I think it's much more likely that Microsoft probably decided on a different implementation for notifications and removed this earlier version from their 8.1 iterations because they didn't feel like the new approach would be ready for 8.1. My guess at least.

28. cam-whore

Posts: 164; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

it's because windows got better live notifications, they have live tiles for that. If you read it once more, it says that this is on a very early model of windows blue. If msft had really wanted to use that notifications, i don't think that they would have any problems using it, as notifications were also available on nokia's symbian, as well as on meego (n900), even way before android copied it.

3. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Damn the notification function was the only real thing well I was looking out for in later versions of wp, well back to android for me!

6. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

Or may be they have something better for us?

7. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

MS still have not done yet, they are still improving WP Blue. let's hope they bring lot's of features and customizes in WP Blue.

15. Dastrix unregistered

The idea hasn't been crossed out yet, so it's anybody's guess. They might be still trying it out, just my two cents.

22. bulgyjj

Posts: 27; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

Like you were going to stay anyways.. Stop pretending like this was the breaking point

4. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Media hack, it's all advertisement.

9. joey18

Posts: 668; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

i dont care microsoft is not my team lol

13. TheBitterrTruth unregistered

i am thumbing you down joey18 is not team lol

29. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this year Windows smart phones get the Windows phone 8 blue updates. that will make Windows smart phones have the high tech gear People want in a smart phone. a notification's Center will probably be there. the Windows 8 OS is based on Windows NT kernel an older and more powerful OS than Android or Apple IOS the problem is Microsoft and apps makers up to this point have not taken advantage of it's power implementation in Windows smart phones

11. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

I am not sure if people realize that they can get the notification if they want to after all Android is open source so anybody can grab the source and do as they pleased with it.

19. vvelez5

Posts: 623; Member since: Jan 29, 2011

Regardless, if Microsoft actually spent the time to contact the person and was willing to buy back the device and offer a new 920 to the person, then the build should be similar to what Microsoft will be showcasing. Most companies don't bother with developer builds that have been sold on eBay. I would like to see that notification center. We'll see.

25. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well well lucky lucky bastard free 920 and extra cash

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