Windows Phone 8.1 notification shade video was faked with an app, or was it?

Last week a video leaked that allegedly showed the Windows Phone 8.1 (a.k.a. Blue) notification center. In the video the notification center was accessed by swiping down from the top of the screen, just like in Android and iOS. We had mixed feelings about the validity of the video, but it was interesting nonetheless.

Today it is being reported that the video was faked with an app called Future Lockscreen (as seen above). This app acts as a virtual Windows Phone with the double-tap to wake lockscreen and the notification shade. It does appear very similar to what we saw in the leaked video, but there are some big differences we’ve noticed.

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In the image above we have circled the differences between the leaked video (left) and the Future Lockscreen app (right). The leaked video doesn’t have a trash icon for removing all notifications, and it doesn’t say “NOTIFICATION” at the top of the screen. The app doesn’t have ringer controls at the top, and the cell bars, battery, and clock haven’t moved to the bottom of the screen. Those are things that would be harder to fake.

Are we saying this means the leaked video is true? No, but we’re not convinced the person in the video was usingĀ Future Lockscreen. Also, Future Lockscreen doesn’t have the quick settings toggle shown in the beginning of the video. Plus, if he was in Future Lockscreen, when he tapped the back button at 0:02 it would have re-shown the lockscreen. We’ve tried this several times.

Is the video real? We don’t know. Is it Future Lockscreen? We are very doubtful. What do you think?


  • Derek

    I don’t think it’s Future Lockscreen. There are too many inconsistencies.