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Screenshots of Windows Phone 8.1 and Nokia's Cherry Blossom Pink leak

The next firmware update from Nokia, which will be bundled with the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 release, has had its internal codename – Lumia Cherry Blossom Pink – leaked thanks to screenshots published on a Chinese website. Just like Bittersweet Shimmer, which later became known as Lumia Black once released to the public, we expect Nokia to drop 'Lumia Cherry Blossom Pink' for a catchier phrase. Other screenshots were included to tease some of the features in the upcoming operating system update.

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It's not clear what we'll be looking at in the next firmware update from Nokia, but we've covered Windows Phone 8.1 fairly extensively in the past and strongly urge you to check out our detailed analysis of features set to be included in the next update. It's also a neat way to see if functionality you'd like to see implemented is well on the way. As noted above, the leakster over on Sina also published numerous screenshots of what appears to be Windows Phone 8.1.

The above images show the new VPN support and background images for Start screen Live Tiles. The next batch of screens show the new Windows Phone Store design, which we took a look at yesterday, alongside some other tidbits like the refresh button being located inside the Internet Explorer address bar.

We note that Cherry Blossom Pink is a temporary, internal codename for the firmware update since we're likely to have something like the following:

It makes more sense for Nokia to call its firmware 'Blue'.

Since the above images appear to match what we've already covered, we'll ask you all to grab some salt with this rumor (we haven't yet been able to confirm everything) but we can definitely see it being accurate. It's unknown as to whether or not this codename will make it to the live release, but it's an awesome name nonetheless. Check out more screenshots over on Sina.

Source: Sina; thanks, hengxiang32401, for the tip!

Rich Edmonds is a word conjurer at Windows Central, covering everything related to Windows, gaming, and hardware. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a device chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

220 Comments
  • Cherry Blossom Pink is almost as bad as Bittersweet Shimmer...
  • Which was change to black and this could most likely be changed to cherry ( a, b, c)
  • Or cyan.
  • Yeah
  • Crimson
  • seems faster!
  • No Xbox, No Play! :P
  • Still waiting on BLACK Nokia!!!!!!!!!!
  • Me too. 810 needs updates pushed. I'd be happy skipping black and go straight for blue/pink
  • Might happen.  Certainly did with Amber.  They skipped over the previous update, and went straight for that.  Maybe it'll be the same thing here... maybe. 
  • OMG!
  • Copper
  • Finally custom backgrounds....!!! DAT look so cool Mann.!!! Just few more days then atleast dev. Prev. Is gonna release for trial
    Seamlessely d wait soon gonna CME to an end
  • Thus may be a dumb question, but how would one get the developer preview if they want to try it out on their phone before the official release? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Get the app from the store and just log in with your live account and follow instructions.
  • To be more precise than the reply above lol: - Go to the store and type in: Preview for Developers.
    - Download that app.
    - Now just read this web page and you will know exactly what you gotta do.
    http://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us/featured/devpreview
  • Though will void the warranty.
  • No
  • I want more tile colors! They should give us a color palette wheel thing so we can choose any shade of any color.
  • Tile colors.. think about how custom background images appear... use a solid colored image and you have an infinite amount of possibilities.
  • OK, that's for tile colors. And what about general accent colors? I want more accent colors, not just for tiles, but for messaging and other stuff.
  • Shit didn't think of that, would really blow if this update wasn't LIFE CHANGING!
  • It has to be CYAN! right? That is Nokia's Color. It would be a nice send off from Ol' Nokia to new MS / Nokia.   and bonus points because cyan is basically blue.
  • I just wanna pop it right now! Can't wait!
  • lol
  • WP7 Nodonut Mango Tango WP8 2013 color Autumn: Amber Winter: black 2014 flower spring: Cherry blossom Summer: Daisies Autumn: Freesia Winter: Gerbera (or Ginger(bread))
  • What a stupid name indeed
  • A - Amber
    B - Black
    C - Cherry
    It would make sense.
  • Oh my! A = Amber , B = Bittersweet shimmer a.k.a Black , C = Cherry Blossom Pink a.k.a .... Mind = Blown
  • I think you're on to something
  • Cyan makes more sense, Nokia is famous for it. and Cherry blossom pink just sounds girly Even Blue would make sense as WP8.1 is codenamed blue as well and it's still in alphabetic order.
  • Hint: "Cyan" is a variation of "Blue" (codename for 8.1)
  • I actually rather liked the name bittersweet shimmer. Though cherry blossom pink is a bit of a mouthful. I could see just cherry being used though.
  • Somewhere a stripper is thinking Nokia is paying homage to them by using their stage names.
  • Id prefer cyan over Cherry as cyan is specifically a colour as Amber and Black were before whereas Cherry is both a colour and also food which would make it lean more to Google's naming for Android versions.
  • Mango was a fruit and a WP release. Also, Gingerbread is both a cookie and a kind of house, and Portico is the front porch of a house, so Google better stop ripping off MSFT naming conventions.
  • Ok but im talking about Nokia specially as this is a Nokia specific FW update and nothing to do with MS(atm at least).
  • http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amber FYI ;)
  • I know amber is more than a colour but afaik, it isn't edible which both cherry and all the versions of android are. Which i may add was my original point.
  • A: Amber, B: Black, C : Cyan/Cherry
  • Coca Cola? :p
  • First KitKat now this? Next you know there'll be an update named Kool-Aid, Mars, Dr.Pepper,etc... :P :P
  • Bittersweet Shimmer is not bad at all, it was expressing the mood of people at Nokia, I think.
  • As did Black
  • Amber, Black, Cherry Blossom Pink, DickBang Orgy.
  • Well that escalated quickly...
  • ROFLMAO xD xD
  • Bittersweet Shimmer is a hue of orange in the Crayola colors.  Made sense as Amber is the name the update received. http://www.crayola.com/explore-colors/bittersweet-shimmer.aspx
  • No, it received the name black.
  • Maybe it's a special code name for people in China. Don't they have something called the Cherry Blossom festival?
  • Just give me a freaking date :\
  • Date...
  • That would be androids naming scheme(fruit) hehe.
  • That's what I say to pretty girls when I meet them. I have a 35% success rate with that line :/
  • "more accent colors to choose from", you mean one new accent color? The image shows as much as my HTC 8X has..
  • Was still locked in my pre-update mindset before we had the added colours. Article updated.
  • I can imagen the 21st color being variable and user selectable, Windows hase color pallets pre-defined too.
  • They better include a real background and a more extensive color palette, or else.
  • Or else what?
  • He'll unleash his internet rage!
  • He'll start posting in green CAPS ;)
  • Chicken butt!
  • HE'LL RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!!! :P
  • Or else what? Phone people are silly. You never buy a car and say GM better give me more horsepower or else. And the background debate to me is also silly with a tile interface tell me what can they really do but have this type of background?
  • Your wallpaper would also show up on the app list that's just boring black and you scroll down
  • The fact that you took the joke serious is the only thing silly. SMH
  • When I read that at first you are right I don't take that as a joke because I am tired of all the Microsoft bashing I wrote a long post but just deleted because it's a waste of time. I will just say this Microsoft supporters hurt the image just as must as the Microsoft haters. I will not go into more details but I am sure you all know what I am talking. Ok just one example. Look at the way Leo Laporte handles Apple compared to the why Paul Thurrott talk about Microsoft. And I want to be clear I am not in any way saying Paul is wrong I respect his opinion and I think he is doing what he feel is right. The point I am trying to make is as someone who has chosen to use a Windows phone is we are killing the image of Microsoft and Windows phone from within. No company is perfect but for some reason Microsoft missteps are always blown up while Apples mistakes are pushed under the rug. Sorry for the rant but that is the reason for my quick reply to the statement above.
  • Still wondering if you change tile image how that would work with a long list of tiles. The image would cut and the remainder of tiles left would follow your set color I would imagine. I hope they have a solution that looks good.
  • If the image is fixed behind the tiles so that when you scroll it doesn't move that would allow you to have a solid color throughout but any image would probably look weird with a solid black or white background. I'm not sold on it but there's so much else to look forward to I will definitely get over it the day it releases.
  • so being able to change your tiles into a picture format from your camera roll doesnt count as extensive? 0_o
  • I agree if I can't choose my own background image in 2014 and no additional changes to the UI I would have to leave WP! Sony experia z2 is calling my name but I'm still waiting to see what Microsoft and Nokia is offering, hopefully they give us these basic features because the lack of this is why my girl change her Lumia 520 to a Moto X! Wallpaper is a must!
  • Don't drink the cool aid!! Lol
  • What's the cool aid!
  • AIDS is never cool, kids.
  • LMAO
  • How do you suppose a background picture should render given the the start screen can be longer than one page? Stretch it to fit a 2½ page start screen?
  • It baffles my mind why they still they don't make the color palatte more extensive, will they pay money for adding more colors? 
  • Or else I'll make you spider webs woodhouse.
  • Or rub sand in his eyes. Also go to the store some sand. And I don't know if they grade it... But coarse...
  • Yes.it will look good in all apps list and in line with metro design.
  • ok, are you that dense? pick a colour you like and save it to yr phone, apply background for tile colour. its not that hard
  • You sir hit the nail on the head. With custom tile images you can pick any colour.
  • True but like someone else posted, it will not change the accent colors which kind of breaks the idea for some. Not a big problem but for some it sucks that the accent and start will not match exactly, u would have to just make the colors similar.
  • If you want a phone that looks like Android (can't imagine why) then maybe you should get an Android.
  • All these people who threaten to switch to android if WP doesn't cater to their every need.
    Buh bye and have fun I say. Good luck on the dark side.
  • Or else you'll refuse to use your imagination and see that tile background images can used to create any color you'd like?
  • I am really hoping that we get backgrounds soon. Its good that there is an option but we could use another option. I am never going to use tile backgrounds.
  • I can see the name changing to Cyan. :)
  • Yeah I see this being the most likely before cherry
  • NOOO DON'T TELL ME WE DON'T HAVE DIFFERENT COLOUR BACKGROUNDS/PICTURES
  • A Amber.....B Black.....C Blue errrr......:-o C Cyan I hope....:)
  • Hoping for Cobalt
  • Once released the codename to Blue right? Is it available to all Lumia devices
  • NThey have a thing for pink at Nokia. Pink is one of the most non neutral colours! And yet some bright spark reckoned it would make a good base for its Mix Radio App.
    Still its nice to see Nokia supporting WP
  • I'm confused. These mostly sound like 8.1 features, not necessarily firmware.
  • Oh...maybe the point was just the firmware naming screenshot and show the 8.1 features to provide some legitimacy. Sorry...still on my first cup of coffee.
  • They are. The article basically seems to be saying they don't know what will be in Nokia's next firmware update, but the leakster also published screenshots of what could be on WP 8.1 so that's the bulk of the article. "Here's the internal codename for next Nokia firmware, here's some more WP 8.1 stuff. We can't confirm everything yet"
  • Cherry Blossom Pink. Ok. The ladies can get some Lumia love too.
  • Exciting stufff Hopefully they ditch the candy ass name and go with "Blue" or "Crimson"
  • Candy ass... thats also a name.
  • Okay , they added icons to the settings , which is great . I'm still waiting for my sought after feature; ability to add background . And why can't they just add a color picker ? Why the limited selections of colors? Do they have to pay to use colors? .. pfff
  • No , that's no setting . That the icon for quick setting toggle . A short down swipe .
  • And here,we thought its blue,lol
  • Hdhd
  • Cherry Blossom? Uh oh, that's awesome
  • Perfect Cherry Blossom... Someone?
  • There is a forum about this.please go visit that.
  • That first screen shot looks horrible.  Transparent tiles is just a stupid idea.  LOVE the VPN addition, though.  And it looks like they added ONE new color to the themes (yay?).  While definitely not important by any stretch of the imagination, I am a bit surprised this wasn't the point that a color wheel wasn't implemented for themes.
  • I think its costume and carrier-specific color, just like Verizon red.
  • It doesn't look stupid, it looks classy..
    Anyway, its good, whether you like it or not, because its a choice. People ask for it, give it. If you want, enable it, if you dont, some others will, and would stay on the platform probably, and wp would get more scores in the customisations area in some polls, and that means more people on wp, that means devs are more interested, that means more apps. Like it or not, you're being benefited by it.
  • Then you like chaos.  It looks like crap. And if I see your screen in public I will point at you and laugh hysterically.  There's no chance that WP will ever come close to, much less overtake, the competition.  As much as I love Windows/Windows Phone and as much as I hate Google and Apple, Microsoft will always be distant third.  So, no, I'm not benefiting from it.  The ecosystem is muddied because of it.
  • Why are transparent tiles a stupid idea?
  • Where does it mention transparent tiles?
    I only see images on the tiles.
  • If it was images ON tiles, then there were no tile text because image will override it
  • Not like that. I think computers are advanced enough to be able to display text on images. Those are images on tiles.
  • xD
  • I need more colors for my tiles like Windows 8!
  • You can use the color you want as a background now.
  • Damn, didn't think of that. Lol I was about to say the same thing lol
  • but that's not 'universal' and that's bad :/
  • Windows phone needs a real background with grouping and folder support and transparent tiles,new tile sizes.real backgrounds are useful in all apps view too.maybe wp 8.5 or 9 concntrate on ui improvements as with wp8.1 we got the features.
  • Cheers,even I was thinking the same
  • I agree 100% with everything you said.. We definitely need real backgrounds.
  • No, it really doesn't.
  • I'm a guy but I think Cherry Blossom Pink is a gorgeous name
  • Lumia is not gay ahah
  • moron
  • Next update name: Chocolate Chrome Cyan Cherry Cobalt Crimson ??? I think cobalt is nearest with blue and looks good
  • Bloody Booger Brown
  • That's a common code name, Its probably taken.
  • Green @$$ yellow :)
  • or: Cerulean Copper Coral I'm kind of partial to copper...
  • What features does this cherry blossom have. I don't see any indication. Those leaks are MS wp8.1 updates.
  • Nokia kitkat
  • Its your choice to have a transparent lockscreen.
  • Cobalt. You heard it here first.
  • No, we didn't.
  • Cherry blossom pink is because of spring fall season, may be
  • Unpopular opinion puffin here: I actually like the codename bittersweet shimmer, it sounded alot cooler than kitkat, although I do like the Amber name for gdr 2
  • I'm actually a bit disappointed that they used the wallpaper into the live tiles and not behind them, which will make me use solid color wallpapers for that, though, the good side that I can pick ANY color I want.
    We already got windows 8.1 wallpaper example, wish they followed it.
  • Agreed!
  • Agreed 100%
  • It's less annoying on Windows 8 because there's a LOT of "white space".  There is virtually none on Windows Phone.  I think screwing with the Start screen is stupid. 
  • I think that MS should make it look more like Windows 8.1. I'm not liking the background wallpaper on the Live Tiles.
  • +1 here
  • +820 uchiha guy,btw I think you are a uchiha fan ;)
  • ...maybe ;)
  • When Threshold is released, we probably get a redesign anyway as it will probably be the same OS as Windows for tablets and desktops.
  • I need more theme or custom colored theme!
  • +1 I'm still hoping for a navy theme
  • Maybe they will rename it "Cobalt". Cobalt is a shade of blue, right? That way they can keep their Alphabets theme going while keep up with Microsoft's Codename "Blue".
  • Or cyan :)
  • so what happens to the background as we slide down the tiles? is it moving or just static?
  • Most likely they will be static .. Or else we will need some TALL backgrounds.
  • Not realy, they could also move slower than the tiles.
  • +1 that could work.
  • If Lumia has balls they name the firmware Nokia Chrome :D   By I expect it will be Nokia Cyan really.
  • There's any, obviously, reason to: "We can not put a color picker"? Seriously ... There's any system issue or lack that we don't know??
  • I have a Nokia Windows phone with windows phone 8.1 cherry blossom pink
  • +cookie
  • Very funny
  • Enjoy.. 
  • O Rly??
  • I was thinking it before but I don't think Blue will be the name of Nokia firmware. At least not if they want to break their naming convention (A - Amber, B - Black). Next one should be C (Cherry blossom pink matches that).
  • Anyone here thinks that background wallpaper is actually looking ugly??
  • I think most of us do.
  • Yes
  • The "new" tiles with a photo on them are absolutely hideous. Why does Microsoft implement such bizarre things in their operating systems. I don't get why they can add that but not give us more accent colors :/
  • Use a solid colored background image of your choice.... boom infinite tile colors.
  • Hopefully the delay is for this exact reason.
  • Tell that to ios7.x
    :p
  • Cherry blossom cuz it's Spring!!
  • Cherry blossom pink.. Lol
  • They've changed 20 preset tile colors to 21. How hard would it be to use some gradient color palette?
  • I have 21 colors, the 21st is a Verizon variant of red.
  • I also got 21 colors. The 21th is HTC Green.
  • Probably Cyan
  • MORE COLORS!!! YAY!
  • That theme color palette is disappointing, although for tiles you could make them any color with a solid colored background image... apparently.
  • I hope so too...they should also have an option to change the tiles transparency!
  • That is sooooo gay! Hahahaha :D
  • Oh please please please please move the Bing search box voice control button/microphone symbol e.g. to the left side that I don't accidentally press it every freaking time I try to add a word to a longish search query...
  • +1020. And the sound is always on. Wakes my wife all the time. *Dodeep* NOO. *Doodedeep*
  • Press the back button to cancel the second"boodeep" noise when voice is activated.
  • Still "boodeep"s for me. :(
  • Sure, but doesn't change the fact they should change the placement of the mike soft button.
  • WP7 Nodonut Mango Tango WP8 2013 color Autumn: Amber Winter: black 2014 flower spring: Cherry blossom Summer: Daisies Autumn: Freesia Winter: Gerbera (or Ginger(bread))
  • I really dont like the tile (Wall)papers... I switched to WP because I thought MS would be able to bring together their software on phones, tablets and PCs. Besides looking bad (to me) I mostly dont like it because it looks nothing like my Windows 8 PC and tablet. Someone owning a Windows 7 PC, iPad and iPhone would have more cohesion between his devices in terms of look (and functionality, given how WP8 and W8 still are rather seperate pieces of software). Sure we have tiles on both OS, but iOS and Windows 7 both have icons... And the way the tile interface looks and how you interact with it is vastly different on WP8 and Windows 8.   How hard can it be to add the customization to WP8 to make it look similar to Windows 8? Allow grouping of tiles, add option to choose multiple color tiles and the option to add a wallpaper. All optional but leading to much more unification between devices for those that want it.
  • Agree, something along these lines would be nice. The background would extend to the app list screen where you can actually see it.
  • It also looks great behind the startscreen. Sure you might not see a whole lot of the picture. But if you look at the current startscreen the black or white behind the tiles are as much part of the overall impression as the color of the tiles. Changing that black or white into parts of a picture radically changes the overall impression of the UI. Just look at this example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6P-uXwG-18   In my opinion a much more elegant solution than what WP8.1 is getting. Now I'm all for choice so why not alow both? Allow WP to change the background to a picture as well as the tiles themselves. WP would have its unique things that Anderoid/iOS cant copy but at the same time people cant complain WP doesnt do real backgrounds. Seems like a win/win to me!
  • For more tile colors, what if we make a picture of the color we want and set it as tile background? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Would be nice if this meant a push towards the Japanese market
  • will soon become Lumia BLUE
  • Lumia China
  • Maybe Windows Phone 7 will be more integrated with social networks or the Contacts hub than Windows Phone 8.1. And about the Cherry Blossom Pink...maybe is a codename like Bittersweet Shimmer, when was this released, has changed his name to Black, perhaps the same will happen with Cherry Blossom Pink.
  • GDR2 = Amber
    GDR3 = Bittersweet Shimmer = Black
    8.1 = Cherry Blossom Pink = Blue
  • Awesome!! Cant wait anymore for the update!!
  • If A=Amber
    B=Black
    C=Cherry blossom pink
    Then D=Dark Chocolate...
  • Will L920 get 3 column live tile?
  • Only one new theme colour.
  • To be honest, im not feeling this custom background at all.
  • Crimson is most likely be the final name
  • Is it too hard to ask for black tiles... :'(
  • When I had wp7 interop unlocked I had dark grey and Nokia blue, both looked great.
  • dark grey would do too... just dont get the logic behind limited pallete approch of MS...   
  • It's a head scratcher. They are worried about the look being compromised when most people that use android end up picking a horrible quality camera pic as there wallpaper. It would take alot to make it look as bad as android in the hands of someone with poor taste. Color picker makes so much sense and it shouldn't be hard to implement.
  • Agreed 100%
  • bittersweet shimmer became Black so probably  Cherry Blossom Pink will become "Cyan"
  • Its just a damn name, I just want the update...
  • Source: Sina; thanks, hengxiang32401, for the tip! ؟؟؟؟؟  WHO IS HE ???  i sent this tip like 5 hours ago !!!!!!
  • I'll just leave this here and walk away slowly.
  • Just look at the last shot: http://wmpoweruser.com/forget-lumia-blue-wp8-1-screen-shots-reveal-lumia...
  • It's gonna be named Cyan, I think "Cherry Blossom Pink" is just a temporary name.
  • I thought the next update is Blue? I read it at WpCentral. Wth... Delete app lol!
  • Cherry blossoms like a flowers from grand canyon in the game 6gun
  • Cyan makes the best sense, it means Blue and starts with a C.
  • So cool like cloud 9 like it
  • Something's happening April 15. Look it up.
  • Now that's the start screen i want.That looks perfect.But what you guys have posted the new vidoe of parallax is a totally shit start screen.Hope it is the same as shown in this one with the feather background.
  • Kawaii, desu!!!