More Windows Phone 8.1 screenshots leak, confirm on-screen buttons and separate volume controls

The Windows Phone 8.1 update is approaching, and with it Microsoft will pepper the somewhat bland interface with new options. We already had a notification center leaking out, now two more screenshots appear, showcasing more goodies are in store. First off, they confirm on-screen buttons will be possible with the WP 8.1 update, so that theoretically phones can be made more compact, moving the navigation keys on the display itself...
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1. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

only thing gets my attention : pink wallpaper :D

2. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

Wow that's ugly

8. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Wow...thats what they said when ios7 was announced....but if u use ios7 now...it feels good....do u get my point?... This hate dilemma goes on....bt ppl end up loving the product...;)=)

11. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

its not a 'hate dilemma' people still hate the fluffy rainbow called iOS 7. The fact is people learn to live with it. iOS 7 inspite of its gradient overload is a app rich robust OS. WP8's design is painfully ugly at best but people will still accept it since it is giving them much awaited notification bar and new interesting features (albeit only playing catch-up to Android/iOS)

15. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

``WP8's design is painfully ugly at best but people will still accept it since it is giving them much awaited notification bar and new interesting features (albeit only playing catch-up to Android/iOS)`` I think microsoft undertand that nowadays :)

16. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Just ask iphone users as many as u like...they really like it....FACT Just ask Wp users as many as u like....they r using wp only bcoz they love the ui....FACT:D

18. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Phonearena asked about 3k people about iOS 7 new UI more than half the people didnt like it.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Do-you-like-where-Apple-is-heading-with-iOS-7_id43919 P.S. - You've no idea what does 'fact' mean, do you ?

28. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Well thats what I was talking abot...look my comment 8....ppl don't like many things...l also vote for no in that poll but it was until I had my hands on ios7....pa should do that poll again...the answers will be reverse....ask ppl now and they will say that ios7 is good....the same thing is with wp8.....just read my reply to comment 2

41. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I like iOS 7... It gets so much hate for nothing. It looks and peforms better than iOS 6 imo - albeit battery life.

40. rassouli5 unregistered

I'm in love with WP UI!!!! It's the best!

29. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

You need glasses buddy, WP is by far the most aesthetically pleasing OS, Android, iOS even BB10 have all adopted Flat UI. Even Steve Wozniack (Apple co founder) called WP beautiful than Android and iOS. Android adding the three dot menu, Full lockscreen album art, Large in your face fonts iOS 7 and Android have adopted etc are all things WP has had for years , now Android and iOS are playing catch up. WP is largely the inspiration for the new flat UI look of both Android and iOS.

31. Awalker

Posts: 1962; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

WP8 in my opinion is by far the worse looking OS and the tile interface is what is holding back the platform. And it seems to me that Steve Wozniack is not all there. Are you seriously trying to equate something like the notification center which is central to Android to full screen album art and a font change?

48. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Its funny you hate Tiles yet Samsung has a new found found love of it, if you hate WP UI then you must also hate Android and iOS after they no longer use Skeuomorphism, they now use WP flat UI for example look at Samsung's Watch ON and S health apps they are basically WP clones. Are you serious trying to equate something like an Notification center to WP flatness which is central to the OS. If you use a WP you would know its mostly Android fanboys who has asked for it, we WP fans have not real need for that at least I don't Live Tiles gives me all my info at a glance, I hope I can turn notification center off. The foundation of Android and iOS both from a visual and features point of view are largely mimicked WP experiences.

50. Ant34

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

I'm not sure what Samsung has to do with this but try to explain what Samsung is doing versus Windows. Samsung is employing a flipboard-esque type interface. There's no solid color tiles; It's a magazine type layout. Also, I think their interface will work similarly to the way widgets work in Android where it gives you information at a glance and you can also interact with it without going into an app. Second, the only part of Windows I hate is the tile setup. In my opinion solid colored tiles on a background just don't look aesthetically pleasing. It looks tacky. Lastly, if you don't like what Samsung is doing you can download a launcher and change it. I always download a launcher when using a Samsung phone. I don't care if Windows has a notification center or not and most Android users don't either. And I'm pretty sure Microsoft is not instituting a notification center because Android users say so. What you don't seem to understand is that the look of the OS is not central to either Android or iOS. Android is known for it's customizability, the notification center and it's vast amounts of features. iOS could have kept the same look and their users would have had no problems with that. In fact, there's a lot of iOS users who which they would go back to the old look.

39. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Firstly, adopting Flat UI doesn't mean you've to make it look ugly. Secondly. 'now Android and iOS are playing catch up.' - Are you on something ?! Is this notification toggle their invention ?! Choosing from 28 colour palettes and 3 tile sizes isn't very 'advanced'.

9. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

ugly ?? cmon look at that pink wallpaper looks awesome :D and I think we can change colors of background like tiles. red and yellow would be great :D

13. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Oh yeah:D:D:D

19. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

ikr. We've 28 palettes to chose from. Not 1, not 2 but 28 !!!!!. How awesome is that ?! Take that Android/iOS :D

43. hurrycanger

Posts: 1755; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Great idea. But it's hard for me to deny how ugly that color combination looks. xD

33. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

So you think ugly is good, and good is ugly. So u like ugly. Oh I got you, you are a alternative guy.

36. CortanaFrieza

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Like you Mom! Maybe if you could spend less time criticizing some people's color choices you just might be able to move out of your mother basement! You Apple lover!

3. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Seems like microsoft are not willing to make anything wrong with this update,i think they are taking their time to make it perfect

4. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Shows more customizable home screen bt.....yuck....that combination of purple and pink not looking good.... Any leaks with diff color combination plz???:)

34. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Many colors are coming dude that you seen in win8. You can customize colors.

5. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Still this is not up to the mark. We need more functionality and usability like facility to move apps to sd card, a good file manager and better music player.

12. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Well yeah! I really wish and hope they don't screw up this time...I'm really expecting something...great...I wish to see atleast all features which r in android 4.4 or ios7.1...that'll be great bt I think im putting my expectations to high...=)....oh and I'm also willing to see swipe on keyboard like Samsung or moto device...:D

6. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

When microsoft finally catches up with the rest in one department.... It gets surpassed in another. I just want them to change that sickening app drawer. And a bit more customization.

7. GeekMovement unregistered

+1 True I'm not a fan of their list app drawer either.

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Key to success = become more android-like

24. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

yes bcuz andoid is damn good and gives users freedom that what we love from android
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