Leaked screenshots reveal Windows Phone notification center and UI changes

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Lately we’ve been talking a lot about the next version of Windows 8, but Windows Phone is also due for an update. Over the weekend a Reddit user bought a Lumia 920 on eBay and discovered some interesting software on the device. The Lumia 920 appears to be running a test version of the next Windows Phone 8 update. According to the software build it was compiled just last month.

The biggest thing found in the new software is an early build of a notification center. Windows Phone fans have been clamoring for some type of notification center. In the it shows a list of applications that have notifications, in this case Baconit and Battery Sense. Under the names it shows the notifications you would normally find on the live tile. The list looks similar to a stack of toast notifications, but we’re not sure if they can be swiped away.

There is a lot of other good stuff in the leaked software. A newly redesigned calendar interface can be seen, along with a new live tile design. The multitasking screen now includes an (X) for presumably closing apps, or just removing them from multitasking. The app list has new sorting options as well. The phone has a number of test applications which makes us think this is a dev phone. Regardless of where it came from, Microsoft has since retrieved the phone from the Reddit user. Check out the gallery below to see all the screenshots.

  • Derek

    I’m really hoping they implement a notification center that you can access from anywhere, not just another tile. Either way, if they decide to go with the live tile approach I’d be satisfied.