Leaked photos show off Notification Center in Windows Phone 8.1

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The mythical Notification Center has shown its face once again. Over the weekend a leaked photo revealed another look at Microsoft’s upcoming Notification Center. We’ve seen alleged photos of this before, but this one looks to be even more legit. The phone in the photo is said to be running Windows Phone 8.1 “Blue.” So what can we see?

First and foremost is the Notifications live tile. The tile shows a number count along with an asterisk on the icon. We can’t tell if the asterisk is part of the icon or appears when there are new items. The asterisk also shows up in the top status bar to show you there are new notifications no mater where you are. This is extremely handy.

Besides the Notification Center we can see what appears to be an updated People tile. Instead of just saying “2 new updates” it shows where the notifications are from, in this case Skype and Outlook. And by the way, all of this is running on a Lumia 620, which is a good sign for what devices will get the update. There are some exciting new things coming to Windows Phone!

[via XDA]

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  • Linus

    Why not a notification center when you swipe to the left? A tile for that is stupid.

  • idlelimey

    I’m okay with the tile, but I’d go further with the start screen. Why not have a horizontally scrolling start screen with the full app list accessible with a swipe up (akin to Windows 8.1). I suppose I basically want Windows RT (8.1) on the phones so that the experience of the start screen on all devices is the same. Maybe in practice that wouldn’t be too good an idea? Who knows.

  • I think it’s a good idea on paper, but in practice it might not. I’m sure Microsoft has heard the millions of pleas for that feature, and I’m sure they have tested it.