More details leak about “Action Center” with Windows Phone 8.1 notification space

More details leak about “Action Center” with Windows Phone 8.1 notification space
We have seen a bit about centralized notifications for the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update, but have not been filled in on how it will all work when in the hands of the user.

What little we have seen shows some of the quick-action functionality at work, but nothing when it comes to interaction with specific notifications. Since Microsoft is calling it the “Action Center,” it would stand to reason we would be able to work some direction upon those notifications.

The latest batch of information to leak about the Action Center brings us closer to answering those questions. First it shows what users can do with a notification, and just as importantly, what developers can manage with notifications. What is left is us asking if these notifications are “actionable,” meaning would we be able to take action from the notification itself to respond or interact in some way.

That said, we now know that each app can have up to 20 notifications and they will expire after 7 days (or shorter if desired by the developer). Users will be able to “chase” a notification, meaning tap it and it will take you into the app. Notifications can be removed individually, in groups, or en masse.

Developers will be able to manage notifications as well. Notifications can be tagged and grouped, or replaced as new ones come in. Expiration times can be set and a “ghost toast” feature too, meaning that the notification would appear only in the Action Center rather than having it appear as a toast notification at the top of the screen.

We are still a month away from the expected Windows Phone 8.1 announcement at //Build/ in San Francisco and so it is a virtual guarantee that the final product will be different from what we see here (for better or worse).

source: Roman L. (Twitter) via WMPoweruser



1. rayman173

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I can't wait to see what windows phone brings to table in 2014......will it be enough to make me give up my Iphone and go for a Lumia 1520?? We shall see.

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1520 is huge, though I think the Icon is perfect. I test drove it at the store, perfect size.

9. Skoms

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 03, 2014

Nokia is going Android I see no need for Wp

13. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012


14. papss unregistered

I see no need for you to post

17. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

rephrase: Nokia is going low-end forked android.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 7423; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

This kills me when all news continually keeps coming for WP and they call it leaks. Has everyone forgot that this is Microsoft and a closed platform still. These are not leaks, this is to keep 4 year old WP continually in the eyes of the public. Hey I am here still, buy me. This is coming and that is always coming to WP. You never here the other mobile platforms do that. With 950 million phones between Android and iOS last year. Then along comes WP with 30 million. This tells everything.

26. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Why does it bother you so much?.. Just leave it alone, and get a life.. If you don't like WP then just get over it.. Ignore the articles, but quit complaining.

10. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

I guarantee once you get the 1520 you will never want to go back to other phones, especially once you get use to the size. Anyone that use it will let you know after using it for a few days you get use to it, just like how people went from galaxy to galaxy note. It will feel big at first, but a day or three with it and you will never want to use a smaller phone again. Internet explorer is beautiful on it, so viewing websites will look fantastic, do not forget it have a big battery, I posted a picture the other day my phone average 2 days and 9 hours before I charge, and my longest time before charging is 3 days and 19 hours. The icon cannot give you good battery life like that, plus the 1520 allow you to add to your memory with a micro sd card. I forgot to say 1520 have glance support, it looks so cool, the Icon cannot get it, but trust me get a Red 1520 and put the glance in red, your phone will catch everyone attention.

16. rayman173

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

The phone is just so beautiful and huge, plus I've always wanted a phablet so now would be a good opportunity to try one out after everything with windows phone is ironed out.

19. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Listen to Gemmol.. The 1520 is perfect!... I have one and I love it.. Anything smaller is just too small now... It also fits great in my pocket.. Get one!!!!

28. hamboza

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Any general idea on when this update would release? I am looking to switch to WP and thought the 1520 would be perfect. I had a Note 2 but it's dead and now stuck with a cheap Nexus 4 with a crappy camera and battery, and i've read enough reviews to know that the 1520 have both kick ass camera and battery life. Plus am used to big sizes since i've used a Note 2 for 1.5 years and now the nexus 4 is a toy in my hand and strains my brain.

29. hamboza

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Can you move apps to sd card? i got a Class 10 64gb one mostly used for videos photos, but moving apps to it would be a plus.

25. Phonecall01 unregistered

I hear you. I've been a huge Android fan for years. Since I started using Win 8.1 at home I've been wanting to try a WP. Don't care for Phablets... 1020 or Icon.

2. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

Lumias's gonna hijack the smartphone market!!!!

3. ShenAlJoker

Posts: 113; Member since: Jul 19, 2013


5. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 2013

I hope there will be five quick setting toggles instead of four because there seems to be space for one more button. And my send wish is that they bring other options to the app list like the option to make it grid and even set a background image.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

It sounds like Microsoft May have jacked something from our friends north of the border. I will wait until I see it fully in action, but it does sound like the BB10 Priority Hub.

7. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Nothing comes close to windows phone. Go m$ go

21. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Well two barbie girls thought i was serious lol I was being sarcastic.

23. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You think WP isn't as good as Android, and iOS?

8. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Hurry up and release it. I want to see if windows can finally playing with the big dogs.

11. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

1520 can play with the big dogs, I don't know about the rest

12. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Sure it can, thats why note 3 destroys it in every single department besides design.Its just a big WP8, has nothing exciting or innovative to make people buy it. Note 3 has s-pen which might be a gimmick its still something extra to have on a big phone, not to mention note 3 multi tasking with 2 apps at the same time on the screen and much more.

15. papss unregistered

But its running that terrible OS that WP folks don't want so this is our flagship phablet

18. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

have you joined the note3 stylus poll? i believe most people dont use the stylus. its like glued to the phone 4ever

20. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

What's this "Note 3" contraption you speak of?

27. hamboza

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

i've had a note 2 for 1.5 years then it died on me. during all it's time with me i've only pulled out the stylus 3 times maybe; the first time i got it, a 2nd time to scribble around and waste some time, and a 3rd and final time to scratch my back. Though I understand the stylus on the Note 3 is a totally different story, my friend got it and he says it's useful, though never seen him use it. i think it's one of those "it's cool and useful" features but no one bothers with it, so it's just there to defend.

22. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Wanted to see screenshots... :-(

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