Liquid Daffodil's Notification Center is almost here, we take a quick look at the Windows Phone version
It's almost here. A unified notification center for the entire Windows ecosystem. Unfortunately, this isn't a native feature from Microsoft, but the good news is developer Liquid Daffodil has submitted the Unification apps for approval. What's Unification exactly? It's a notification center for Windows Phone (both 7 and 8) and Windows 8, offering consumers the missing piece of the puzzle for a centralised location displaying missed notifications.
Live Tiles are great, toast notifications are awesome, but there's nowhere for missed notifications to be displayed. Should a Windows Phone owner miss an app notification, it's lost forever. That's until now with Unification. We've looked at the app and service from Liquid Daffodil, following the development progress and boy are we excited for its release. So much so, that our own Windows Phone Central app will be supporting the Unification service.
The general idea is to create a service with an app for each of the supported platforms:
- Windows Phone 7.x
- Windows Phone 8
- Windows 8
These apps act as a notification center, where apps that support the Unification service will be listed alongside all the missed notifications from each one. For apps to work with the service it does require developers to include some code and make everything tick along nicely, but should enough momentum develop once everything goes live by next week, we could well see the birth of something special indeed.
As one can see from the above screenshots, it's a simple, yet efficient way of managing content that requires attention. Yes, a Live Tile is available for the apps. Ever wanted to have all your Twitter notifications in one place with third-party apps and content? This is now possible. A number of apps are already planned to be adding unification support in the future. Here's a list of what's to come:
- Feed Me
- WPCentral (woohoo!)
Check out our quick look at Unification app for Windows Phone 8 in the video below:
We won't build up the hype too much, but from what we've played around with so far, Unification is looking to have the potential to be pretty big. Liquid Daffodil is taking a huge move with this service and if it takes off, we could be looking at a possible insight into how Microsoft could effectively implement its own native feature.
Consumers: We're told Unification will be available for both Windows Phone and Windows 8 in the coming days (currently being certified), so be sure to keep an eye on our feed for the announcement when the app is available. We're almost there, folks. A few more days and everyone will be able to take advantage of the Unification service.
Developers: Do you wish to get involved and participate in the Unification service with your app(s)? Be sure to contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Liquid Daffodil are after all developers who support Windows and / or Windows Phone. Unification is a free project to participate in (and will continue to be free once the service hits gold and goes live), so we urge you to at least contact them about your app(s).
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Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
Unification not only integrates with Windows Phone 7 devices (something Microsoft will NOT provide) but also exposes services to allow Developers to be in TOTAL CONTROL over what gets sent.
Here is a quick, easy example: Microsoft's eventual "baked in" Notification Center will simply "trap" incoming notifications, but Unification will allow developers TO SEND WHATEVER THEY WANT, including Images, Global Notifications, etc. to the Unification Hub. Unification also allows much longer messages. Toast notifications are typically very short in length and so developers put very little into them, but Unification supports up to 255 characters (and images) in every Notification.
Unification also has Search and on-the-fly Translation, neither of which are slated for Microsoft's eventual integration.
All in all, Unifications is a far more powerful solution, and as long as users help the Developers of their favorite apps "get on board" it will be phenomenal.
I thought there was a huge bug with my messaging app for a long time, until I realized it only failed to work with iPhones. What happens with MOST iPhones, is that I can send a fb message to people with my messaging app, switched to Facebook, but their replies don't come through. I have to sign into Facebook and actually reply with private messages in order to use it as a chat. I believe this is because the messaging app for WP utilizes Facebook messenger or chat, with iPhones default to simply using the private messages. Truth be told WP is really the more "integrated" of the two, but I don't really have anything to send me an alert when somebody just sends me a private message on Facebook. If this notification centre worked like iPhones, where I could be notified when someone sends me a private message that would be great. Then I could simply reply to it like all of my friends on iPhone do, rather than trying to explain every time that the reason for the problem is because iPhone says it is "integrated Facebook with ios6" even though it doesn't, and have my iPhone friends point out what they (mistakenly) believe to be a flaw with wp8.
In all fairness though... Between the Me hub, and official MS Facebook app, I really SHOULD get push notified about private messages, but I don't.
That said, the messaging app works amazingly well when talking to anything other than iPhone, who utilize the Facebook messenger feature!
Hope that explains what I meant. I really just want the damn thing to work lol
I don't know how else to explain it, other than to say it doesn't work most of the time. It would be nice if a notification centre gave me a work around with fast, up to date push notifications and a quick means of reply, which is exactly how IOS 6 handles it natively.
It's very, very simple to integrate.
And Don't deviate from the main topic of unification centre from liquid daffodil and why its an important development.
Even i would be happy if you get lost from here and join the iphone crowd who blindly worship their phones and can't tolerate any criticism, you would fit right in.
The e-mail 'problem' you cite will be the same for this app. Any app can only update at a minimum of 30 minute intervals.
So, this app would run into the same problems of missed notifications. It makes no sense at all!!! Just app that basically replaces the Live Tile functions.
I'm not knocking the developers at all. Kudos to them for giving people what they want. To me, it just reeks of Android type function.
I don't get why people who own WP devices are always trying to turn it into an Android device, or the Apple 'there's an app for that' mentality.
Never had a problem with missing anything. Learn to use the functions of the OS correctly.
It's a Zen experience if used correctly......
It's down to you about the unread e-mails.
Would you like WP to make you breakfast in the morning???
I also will be uninstalling any apps that send my notifications to 3rd party apps unless there is a specific option to disable that.
And yes, before anyone asks I do wear my tinfoil hat.
I want something native with the OS, I know it's coming. . .