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Windows Phone 8.1 notifications settings screen revealed in new mockup

Back in December, a really poor (but accurate) photo of the Windows Phone 8.1 notification settings screen was revealed on Twitter by a Salman M. At the time, we confirmed internally that it was real, though possible older.

Now, a clearer mockup of that photo has been posted by the site WinSource. We say ‘mockup’ because it is technically not a real photo of the OS in action. Rather, it’s a re-creation of that photo and what it conveys. Having said that, what is shown in truly based off of Windows Phone 8.1.

Specifically, we are looking at just the Settings page for Notifications, not the notifications themselves (or the new notification center). In that sense, this really isn’t too newsworthy. But since we know many in our audience are yearning for something real, here you go. It’s about as close as we can get right now.

What is shown in the image are configurable ‘quick settings’ for the Notification Center, allowing users to add certain system functions for quick access. There are also more advanced options to allow users to fine tune how and which notifications come through on their Windows Phone.

We should add a caveat that this is an older design. Sources familiar with Windows Phone 8.1 have told us that since this design they have added “…fine grained control over the sounds of each type of notification.”, so don’t take this to be the final way it will look. But it is a close approximation.

Microsoft is expected to discuss Windows Phone 8.1 in April during their Build conference. Windows Phone Central will be there to cover it live.

Correction: An earlier version of this article cited an incorrect originator of the mockup. It has now been fixed.

Source: WinSource; Thanks, Salman M., for the tip

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

261 Comments
  • Looks pretty solid. Can't wait to see what it actually looks like after being polished by the Windows Phone Design team. 
  • This is polished, no?
  • No.. You can see it from the icons and fonts.
  • Good enough for android, though.
  • Read the last paragraph ;)
  • Definitely not.
  • Read the last sentence.
  • Looks nice.
    But say, is Cortana going to be half as good as the well done fake video leak earlier.?
  • I sure hope Cortana will be more than that.
  • Seriously, I don't think so.
  • Shut it Silva or I'll break your other leg.
  • snap
  • LOL!
  • I was just being realistic. D: this is so mean dude. D:
  • That was being mean. I apologize on his behalf.
  • hahahaha
  • That's why I didn't even bothered to watch that fake video. What's the point if you are gonna be disappointed?
  • I doubt it. It looks like MS is incapable of polishing UI effects on the level Apple does. (No I am no iFanboy and I own 0 apple-products.)
  • I think you are forgetting that iOS is an imitation of Windows Phone flat UI. The copycat is never as good as the original. iOS 7 is a knock off.
  • +920
  • Lol. Wake up because you're dreaming. 
  • He's not. There's loads about iOS7 that's like that, they just added weird trippy backgrounds.
  • So, its not just me that thinks that OS7 looks trippy, like a 60s acid hippy designed it lol
  • I LOVE WP but to be very real, the translucent effect in iOS 7 along with the backgrounds look very classy. I really really like the swivel transition on WP though. After all you cannot get everything.
  • Couldn't agree more with you. Currently the WP UI does look a bit too simplistic. If they could add those translucent layers to WP for a bit of sophistication that would be nice....
  • Would like the translucent effect.
  • I hope the notification center is going to pop out when you swipe to the right on the main screen and when you swipe to the left, app list is going to pop out
  • You and many other.
  • I think the multi tasking screen is a better place for it.  This way it is accessible no matter where you are or what you are doing.  if it is a swipe from the start screen then you have to go to the start screen to get there. I would also like the multitasking screen to allow swiping down to close an app.
  • Totally agree with the swiping down, just makes more sense. And the multi tasking screen would be more accessible, a one stop shop for open apps and any and all notifications. I think it would be very elegant and futuristic if as the screen zooms out to show the multitasking area, the other open apps and recent notifications are present further from the previously visible area. That might give the illusion that they were always there just out of sight until you "take a step back" (by holding back button etc.) from your current app to see what is around it. Of course, they will only end up going with one thing, and who knows what exactly it will look like. We can dream though.
  • I like that idea; as if the Notification / Multi tasking screen is actually "on top" of the app that you are in.  So it zooms out and shows that everything is there and then zooms back in on the app that you open or the notification area.  Clever
  • I would love for someone to make an ss of how this would look, just for representative purposes
  • I agree; my skillset is not in this area so I can't help
  • I agree.
  • The one thing I have hoped for for a very long time!
  • What if you're inside an app? I hope Microsoft does everything right this time.
  • My thought for a while was to have the notification center available when you hold the back key.  So right now, all your currently running apps are spread out to the left.  I thought putting the notification center to the right would keep with the WP design, and not steal the swipe down that Android started.
  • Agree, be bold, be different. This is WP.
  • I guess not, because that gesture removes notifications of live tiles.
  • It's going to be a slide down from the top like iOS and Android. That way it's not hard for people to find since they two largest mobile OSes do it the same way. 
  • It would make it easier for people to learn but I hope they do something different.  I like many others, think the multi tasking screen is the right spot for it
  • The only real issue I see with the multitasking screen is that it's an extra step...hold back key then swipe vs just swipe
  • How often to you go to the notification center that one minor extra step would matter? I know with android and ios, I constanly swipe the notification center accidently while using an app. Using a button would eliminate that.
  • It wouldn't be an extra step if the notification screen was the first item that was visible when the back button was held.  Moving to other apps would require swiping. Press the back button again and you would be taken back to the app that you just left.
  • I hope you are wrong
  • He's right
  • I would acutally figure slide up from the bottom since the status bar already owns the slide down gesture.
  • it will be from the top, have you even read the rumors?... and from the left it wouldnt work, or how would it work in an app? you know, where people is most of the time? or what? developers should re design their apps because apps with panorama wont be able to get notification center?... I wonder if you even used your brian when you thought "swape to the right" was a good idea.
    again, if you live in Start screen, it might work, but for the 95% of the rest of the phone, it wont. and if people want notification center so much (I dont care about it) I guess they want to access to it everywhere not just from start screen.
  • ^Absolutely true!
  • Most notifications on the start screen please, so just double tap to see what's there. Notification screen slide from left, want WP to be different from Android/OS. Plus, reaching to top of screen more difficult with larger screens. But keeping simple and functional.
  • Cool!
  • They need a better design and structure in the settings. It's too messy right now...
  • I agree
  • Adding some icons would help.
  • What kills me the most is that the cellular on/ off was changed from being a toggle to being a drop down menu of two items, not like WiFi for ex. That either means we will get a 3rd option soon, or they are just bad at consistency.
  • Read the article guys. Last paragraph.
  • Regarding structure in the settings, just these few changes to the settings page would make all the difference: Allow the user to "long press" a settings item that would put the Settings page into an edit mode (similar to the Home screen edit mode). While in edit mode, allow the user to hide a settings item.  (The icon could be an 'eye' with a circle and line through it.) While in edit mode, allow the user to pin the setting to the home screen. (Icon could be a 'home' pic.) While in edit mode, allow the user to drag the settings item up or down in the list. When a setting has been pinned to the home screen (and is an "on/off" feature like Airplane Mode), it toggles the functionality directly.  If it's a feature with multiple settings, it opens the corresponding settings page.   This would make for a very flexible settings experience.  What do you think?
  • Good point!
  • Its mind blowing that there is no option to sort by letter, jumplist, or search in settings.
  • Wow... I hope they can do better than this.
  • That's the settings for the notifications, under the settings app. It looks exactly how every other settings screen looks. I don't like it by the way, but that's how Windows Phone design is right now. I would love that they did a complete redesign of WP, I wan't more colors like Windows 8, DITCH THE BLACK AND WHITE!
  • Complete redesign?! They just did it in 2010!!
  • And it already looks dated, especially when you put it side by side with Windows 8. It's time for Metro 2.0.
  • Which Will look like?
  • While some variety would be great, I can also see why they'd want to keep the design language consistent. I think a subtle background like in windows 8 would be good. As for color schemes, I think it would be a good option to allow different "themes". Either keep the black on white/white on black or have different options for those, along with customization options. I can imagine they would want to keep things simple though.
  • Swipe to left would be better, because there are so many things that you have to swipe to right... ;)
  • Swiping to the left is going to be something like the 'me tile' 
  • And the me tile is something like a notification center
  • Swipe from left, yes! Swipe from the top like Android/OS is wrong for 2 reasons, its difficult to reach the top with larger screens, and I want WP to be different.
  • I'm starting to really get excited for 8.1
  • Looking for much more than this
  • There is much more than this. This barely newsworthy, as I've stated. Cortana, Notificaiton Center and VPN are some of the big changes. Everything has been touched up and polished in 8.1. Truth is, we know waaay less than we care to admit about 8.1.
  • omg (like a girl), you made me even more excited!! 
  • Good one Credo93 : )
  • You must know something more than just this (as this is all WE know), right? ;)
  • VPN is much needed.  We also need some Win8 RT updates for VPN access.  The king of enterprise needs to lead the way in mobile accessibility. 
  • Please let it be that I can connect to home and work server over private network. Please please pretty please!
  • The Windows Phone team has done an amazing job of not leaking and not spilling information on 8.1, which everyone and their dog knows is coming. I don't know if the tight lipped nature of this is a good thing or a bad thing. Honestly, I wish they would talk a lot more. WP is too incomplete, and it would be nice to know whether or not we're going to get an improved version to bring us closer or up to feature parity with the iPhone and Android.
  • They really are tight lipped. But they are also very excited about having a 'big reveal'. Can't blame them.
  • I think it's great, they are building perfect momentum and when they'll reveal it officially, it would get much hyped response in the media!! I wish they continue this and don't leak anything!
  • I'm all for the big reveal, as long as they announce enough to make the secrecy worth it. I really hope they do.
  • Fingers crossed it really is a 'big reveal' this time as opposed to the Windows Phone 8 reveal where they really had nothing at all new to tell us that hadn't already been leaked and yet kept insisting that they had amazing new things to show. Bless 'em, almost had us fooled too... Though I do imagine this time will be different, so much stuff WP needs to have to build mind/market share and feature parity for the next cycle.
  • But if 8.1 is so big, why just the .1? Simply because they are forced to keep the number in line with windows 8.1? While actually, relatively speaking wp8.1 is much more than a few tweaks that w8.1 was.
  • They may not be innovative, but just these two alone: Notification Center and Cortana, would completely change the user experience of Windows Phone to a higher level. That's why I'm so looking forward to WP8.1, together with all the new hardware that would come along with it
  • Not innovative? Hello...
  • Dan, please get more leaks of notification centre. Puhleeezzz :)
  • Last time tight lipped was a bad thing because we got nothing but a new core, big deal in its own right though.
  • True that. It looks like there won't be massive changes to the core of the OS, so being quiet isn't necessarily a terrible thing. Also, from the OS reveal to people having it on their everyday phones may be months, so there will be a lot of time for developers to update their apps.  Developers didn't have that time luxury when WP8 first launched.
  • +1
  • It might be a bad thing when you compare it to Windows 8.1 leaks. But, I have high hopes for WP. I hope Microsoft won't screw us this time.
  • Would be horrible if they did this again. "...And that's Windows Phone 8.1. Now, for current devices, we are here to report that windows phone 8 devices will not get 8.1... We care deeply about our current users, so I'm pleased to report that for our current users, they will be upgraded to windows phone 8.0.9.1".
  • lolol
  •   and LOL. I'm more worried that this time it will be smth like "Devices with 512mb of memory will not be getting WP 8.1". This will be a bummer for all the WP users with such phones, especially considering that that's where the majority of WP currently is.
  • If they pull any of the above tricks or similar I will just go back to Droid as although likeing my WP a bit I think we are waiting too long for a few features every other phone has had for ages.
  • I agree; just a few leaks to let us know where we are going would be great.  I hope that it is a secret because it is good enough that they don't want other stealing the ideas.  A notification center can't be revolutionary but other features might.  Early leaks talked about the abitlity to reponse to texts and other notifications directly from the Toast Notification.  That would be awesome.  
  • I couldn't care less whether WP8 has the same features that iOS or Android do. If someone wants it to be like them, they should get one of those phones. I want it to have sensible functionality, not what they have. Like it or not, MS has limited resources, and constantly just sitting around trying to follow whatever Android just came out with is a waste of them. This constant comparison with whatever Android has is annoying. Yes, Android has a lot of things that makes sense. But that's not why WP should have them.
  • It's not that I want it to be like Android or iOS, it's just that I want the features that they have that are relevant to most of the population. Adding a notification center is the main thing for me. Also, Cortana is something I've wanted for a long time. Better voice recognition and API access for smartwatch developers also come to mind. I don't WANT Android on my WP, I just want the features that make it a top notch choice against the other players in the market.
  • Android may be feature rich, but its not secure. I believe WP (or even iOS for that matter) is moving slower introducing new features and enhancements, I know MS has really done a lot in that department since the WinXP day.
  • I'm right there with you!
  • Agreed, too many of my friends trying and returning WPs
  • I have to wonder... how many Microsoft Windows Phone Team members own an iPhone or Android. I know that there are other ways to get information... focus groups, surveys, researcher insights, and so forth. But owning one of those might give you really good information on how people use those phones. I personally know very little about how people use those phones. I certainly see people staring at their phones... a lot. And I see Instagram photos pop up every 1/1,000,000th of a second! I'm happy with my Windows Phone, in part, because it's all I've owned for about three years now. Before that, I had a Blackberry Pearl, so there's no real comparison. There was also a lack of apps on the Blackberry, but updates and reboots were extremely painful and slow on the BB, so Windows Phone is so refreshing in comparison. And the camera is much better. But I wonder how things like Google Now change the experience for an Android user, or as mentioned, VPN.
  • Honestly it'll come as no surprise that they own the latest android device with the latest updates and a few iPhone 5s. Knowledge is power.
  • My answer to your questions: in my profession I really look at other peoples work...
  • That's my story. Was on blackberry before windows phone. So app selection or lack of, is something I've always been used to. And therefore don't complain about
  • No, I disagree. Most apple products haven't been leaked, and not much information about them, and creates a LOT of suspense. Like when they revealed IOS 7 and the new mac pro, many (not all, of course) were wowed.
  • For me, it's not that they're keeping tight lipped, just that they like to keep tight lipped until the last possible day. iOS 7 was annouced in June and released months later. Plenty of time for developers to get everything ready for the new OS. The Windows Phone team hasn't been that good about giving developers lots of time recently. I don't think that will happen with 8.1, since it will take carriers a long time to roll it all out.
  • Rumours aren't really newsworthy but I do find this kind of thing interesting. It gives us something to look forward to. I'm fairly confident that Microsoft will eventually give us all the bells and whistles of a mature OS, sooner rather than later.
  • I must admit, its exiting. Oh how I hope this update won't take to long to reach us.
  • well I hope it doesnt exit, it hasn't even arrived yet :)
  • LOL
  • I can't wait for the next update
  • I don't like the green icons even for a mock up!
  • My guess is that the color is based off of the theme color.
  • Thissss
  • WP 8.1 is going to be legen.....wait for it....DARY!
  • It's good.
  • Is 8.1 close?
  • I would like to know this too. Considering how some blogs are hopeful for a March release but it looks more like May for end users so that Update 1 comes in October.
  • All i care about is that 8.1 is out by December; that is when my next upgrade is available.  i will take whatever Nokia/MS flagship that they have available!
  • Me too, as I am holding out for the surface phones MS was working on as a plan b if Nokia didn't stay on board. Does anyone find it strange that no images have leaked like the Nokia Android renderings?
  • No no no. We've been waiting long enough, and I'd hate to wait till December. Microsoft said their new announcements wouldn't be announced many months before released, except Xbox and windows, of course. WP8.1 should be released by May, June latest.
  • April
  • Brightness quick access! Sweet!
  • As long as it has more than three stupid options -_-, then I agree with you.
  • Yeah, I want what IOS and android have.
  • Oh boy...
  • Yeah, what you need?
  • I'm just so excited idc if this is final or not. I want it not just as bad as I want Black for T-Mo 925 and 8X right now
  • I too am looking forward to seeing what the team will introduce for consumers.
  • I look forward to your reaction of their hard work. 
  • Please sam, take a photo of Daniels face at the unveiling! You are at Build? Right?
  • So, Sam your privy to information we aren't???
  • Brain skipped "settings" in the title. I let myself down. :(
  • Swipe to the left
  • Let's hope those quick settings are more than just shortcuts to the settings pages. I want to be able to turn bluetooth and wifi on and off with just one button press.
  • Definitely. If they are just shortcuts, it's a massive failure.
  • But we have apps for that already why wait
  • I don't want that option...don't want to accidentally turn on and off settings. I like how it is right now with a tile "link" to the setting.
  • What will be "banners"? "toast" notifications??
  • I think that is a great question; I asked myself that too.  Is that the language that Win8 uses for notifications???  If I had to guess, I would say it is a new form or upgraded form of toast notifications.  
  • I believe and if so that's slick that we can choose to turn them off while retaining the live tile
  • Swipe toast down to reveal more info and /or quick reply.
  • Hopefully you can choose more than 4 settings to change in the notification centre, I need 5.
  • smh.... If they had 5, you'd want 6 wouldn't ya
  • Ha ha ^^^^
  • More like, "It better have 6 or I'm going back to android! Having only 5 settings is a tremendous fail for microsoft!!!!"   Goodness, I was even annoyed just by typing that.
  • All of my phones so far have been Symbian in some shape of form, apart from my current phone, which is a Windows Phone (^^)
  • More, more, more!!! Want, want, want!!! Can't wait any longer!!! Lol...it IS annoying
  • I could live with 4 (like on Symbian), but it would be nice to also be able to control screen rotation without giving something else up, in the same way it would be nice if my phone could expand into a 10" Windows 8.1 Pro tablet with an i7 and two crossfired GTX Titans and a 100TB SSD. That was an over exaggeration but hopefully you get my point, it isn't a dealbreaker by any means but it seems like quite a simple thing to implement which would be useful.
  • lol I hear ya, I hear ya. Just pulling your chain
  • OK then :)
  • Not really :), it's just I have 5 settings shortcuts on my home screen, all of which I use regularly, and it would be convenient to be able to access all of them on the notifications bar/screen/thing.
  • I think Daniel definitely knows how 8.1 looks, but uses term "others told us" and similar. It is logic to invite WPCentral stuff for testing purposes...
  • No. 
  • I wish, I truly do, that we were invited to test things, but that's just not accurate :/
  • How come Tom Warren always says that he seen WP8.1. What does that even mean?? Does he mean he ACTUALLY seen it??
  • It means he's seen it, the test build, either on a real device or just got screenshots sent to him, via his sources.
  • I don't even have GDR3 yet on ATIV S, and I'm well pleased with WP8, but I can't wait for 8.1. We need 8.1 in order to help inject a little new buzz into the platform and hopefully bring some new non-Nokia devices (even though I want to switch to a Nokia for camera purposes).
  • well I'm excited for what Samsung and Sony have for WP8.1 :-).
  • I appreciate your loyalty to Samsung, but I think its time you went ballistic on them.....even HTC moves faster than them. I personally think Microsoft should weed them out and replace them with Sony. Let them have their PS4 hub. This could open the door for new Xbox/ XboxOne titles and vise versa.
  • Since when did I say I was loyal to Samsung?
  • I thought Sony was in the works to build a killer WP device, no?
  • WP 8.1 is coming, and i don't even have GDR2 .-. that's SO nice -.-
  • What device are you using??
  • Wow, what device are you using? Marked or unmarked? And did you manually check for an update? Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Had to throw that last bit in? Went back to Android huh?
  • I pretty much cant wait!!!!! Microsoft wants that big unexpected release of wp 8.1. Blowing everyone out of their socks! bastards! :P
  • Patience young grasshopper!
  • The OS is definitely evolving finally at a good rate, Only taken em just over three years.
  • Which OS? Win 8 has only been out for a little over a year, and IMHO, they are moving pretty quick considering how big of a project this has to be.
  • How long did it take Android and iOS to get where they are at today again?...
  • I hope there is more to the long awaited 8.1 than that.
  • Will Windows phone 8.1 be for new unreleased devices or for our existing windows phone 8 phones? Probably a stupid question
  • Both. Though the new WP8.1 devices will go on sale first then WP8 devices will get WP8.1. Same thing with WP7 and WP7.5
  • Just hope that includes my 920 then
  • Don't get your hopes up if you're on AT&T. They'd much rather have you buy a new device. With a contract of course.
  • Ha, we're still waiting for ATT to get us Black. On the Nokia page instead of it saying waiting for carrier approval it should say, oh, let us go fetch that update we stuck in the back of a cave in the most remote location in the world and pass it along as an OTA because the natives are really getting restless in our forums. :-)
  • Who is, I'm on att and have had black for a couple weeks now. My girl friend for a couple months on the 1020.
  • Ook
  • Swipe left oh and make sure 8.1 runs on my Lumia 1020 #Happy
  • Love the idea. I am thinking that MS needs to hire a few of the folks around here.
  • Stupid idea!! how will anyone access notification centre when they are inside any app with "swipe left"
  • Exactly...i want the option to turn the notification center off...but that's just me...i would like to use the ME tiles to access all my notifications!
  • I know I'm only one of a handful that will say this, but I'm a little disappointed that I'm not seeing a on/off switch in that screen shot. Maybe it's lower down(or higher up). I'd really like the ability to not have a notification screen(center, area, or whatever you wanna call it) since I really have no need for it(much like kids corner).
  • Thanks for this. Keep up the good work!
  • Is this story about yesterday?
  • Wait, I can pin special settings in the notifications? Am I seriously going to still have to click an airplane mode button so that I can toggle airplane mode? If so, this is the one thing that really bugs me about windows phone. I should NOT have to go to a separate page from my browser or email to toggle airplane mode or rotation lock. Thats how it currently is and it makes no sense! For something like WiFi or Bluetooth where you actually select something, it makes sense, but please remove the damn context switches for settings that are by nature toggle only!
  • You are so wrong it hurts. You can choose WHAT settings to toogle in a pull down menu. If you haven't been following the rumors and leaks, why start now?
  • Sound to me like allot of people in here want same thing as android basically. From the bottom, but look exactly the same big deal. It's the same. How ironic
  • It's the SETTINGS MENU... Really, doesn't anyone read the articles ANYMORE?!
  • ??????
  • Exciting news...if true.
  • Can't wait for Build.
  • Looking forward for more MAJOR updates on coming Windows Phone 8.1!
  • As I scroll through the messages I'm getting a sense for how rumors are started, and spread. And how people disappoint themselves with their new-found expectations, and blame that on Microsoft.   It's quite fascinating... and frightening.
  • This TBH... people always hype themselves up way more than they should.  Just be patient.  I actually love that Microsoft is being top secret about this.   It's setting momentum, it's building excitement, and that way others can't copy either.  Surface was super top secret, and that was an awesome new product.  When they  unveiled new tile sizes on WP8 everyone creamed their pants because that was unexpected too.  
     
    I have a feeling they have something BIG in store for us ;)
  • The thing is this. I am SUPER Happy and excited for this but the UI for the Notification Center looks BAD. I don't see first of all it being that much fluid and easy to use. I know this is just a mock up build but still. It looks like a badly made app just about to crash. I mean just look at the quick access settings. Disorganised. How exactly are any third party apps supposed to utilise the notifcenter with such constricting User Interface?
  • cant people like you start reading articles and pay attention to the ONLY picture that Daniel posted in his article? I mean... 5 seconds looking at it, its all you needed to understand it....
    or its just you need some special article just for you to understand? did you miss the SETTINGS words over "notifications"? again... this is NOT notification center, this is the SETTINGS to what notification center will show when you swipe from top.
    nobody here is showning how the notification center will work or look, its the SETTINGS to the notification center... but again, if you READ the article in first place and paid attention to the picture, you wouldnt write such a ignorant comment.
  • That's ugly. If I have to stare at that everytime I need to toggle my network settings. Id rather do it through settings. I know its a mock up but I really hope Microsoft has people that are more capable of attractive design.
  • Sigh. I don't even know what to say to you cause I'm afraid you might not read it (same way you didn't read the article)
  • Did anyone notice it says allow banners for emails? That would be big for me.
  • lol dudes here do really have high expectations for Windows Phone 8.1, I am not excited because I do no think that Microsoft will develop anything interesting. Replying to text messages/whatsapp/facebook without opening the app would be nice to see.
  • and then I wonder why are you here? oh yeah to write such a stupid comment.
    if this is a Windows Phone 8.1 article and you arent excited, you dont even have to read it... dont you know that?
  • it's not that I am not excited but Microsoft is adding all what smartphone are enjoying from a long time without adding the special Microsoft touch. It's not that Notification center + a new touch like BlackBerry's Hub.
  • yeah man, worked magic for blackberry
  • Oh, you want to give that much control to other apps? You may want to read this: http://www.xda-developers.com/android/yet-another-reason-to-not-trust-trusted-companies-facebook-can-now-read-your-text-messages/
  • It will be very easy if i can use my mobile data in my pc by the cable connection like the Android provided USB tethring
    I hope that it will be possible by the WP 8.1 update
  • You can do it wirelessly already...
  • + 1020 Even though AT&T, in its infinite evilness, requires special data plans for the feature, it's still possible.
  • My tricked out HTC One can do this as well as many others, wish there was a way to do it on my 920, we pay for the data, let us use it as we see fit, just as you are saying.
  • No more mad toast notification dashes from trying to reach the phone before it is gone forever--hallelujah.
  • I've had many of those, lol. But I found that custom tones help ALOT.
  • I know Microsoft themselves haven't really said much about Windows Phone 8.1 but all this just makes me wish they actually stood by the shut up and ship method they talked about last year I think it was. I can already see this playing out; April they will talk about WP 8.1, they'll release it to carriers probably in July, and carriers might start to roll it out September. Or in the case of AT&T, we probably wont see it until late 2014 or even early 2015. So much for moving fast on updates that people actually care about.
  • I hate to say it, but I think that you called it as it will be.    :(
  • Yay, it's Joe from the future. Sigh (rolling my eyes)
  • The worst part is that we were under the impression that 8.1 would be out in early 2014, :c
  • Do you not remember that developer program?
  • Dear EE,
    Can I have Black update sometime before everyone is talking about 8.1? Oh wait...
  • I can't wait for 8.1. It can't come soon enough.
  • Looks very clean and well done, great job Microsoft! It took you a really long time, but WP8.1 is really shaping to live up to all the hype.
  • MS, why not five icons for quick acess?
  • All I need right now besides notification center is availability to to install apps on SD card! My HTC 8S has only 4 GB (1.5 GB for real) internal storage. Salute from Serbia!
  • Dan seems irked that we're starving for WP rumors. haha
  • I'm wondering what will come of the Me tile once a notifications center is added.
  • So, are we still limited to a numbers of notification placeholders just like on lock screen with the notification center? Even the quick access are limited to only 4? Airplane, WIFI, bluetooth, NFC, GPS, sound profiles, mobile network, brightness - I think is just not enough for only 4. Can't it be dynamic instead of placeholders?
  • Idk, my top four and most used are WiFi, Bluetooth, airplane, a d tap+send. Others are rarely touched by me
  • Awesome waiting for 8.1 update
  • It is real, I can confirm it, I see the WP8.1 in action with my own eye.,;)
  • You only have one eye? That's awesome, you can dress up like Snake from MGS. Posted via the WPC App for Android!
  • Giggity
  • Yes! Now gapless playback and I will be satisfied! :)
  • If apps can get the live tiles to work, then I am a happy camper and will leave the droid camp forever, or if this actually works then that's fine too. I don't have texting, so apps like Viber are essential since it's only my family and it's probably important, but missing them got so bad I had to stick my sim back into the dark side (for now), lol.
  • All this UX design crap is getting really old. Obviously, no matter what they do, no one will be happy with it.
  • I dont think this is much accurate cuz they should put 5 quick access icons. There is a slot free beside em thats stupid! And how do you bring it up?:/
  • Wow, that's pretty nice. More control over notifications is welcomed. I think one of the things my friends and family do not like about their WP is the fact that banners will show on lock screen and there's no real way to control it. I see that might be in 8.1 so that will be a welcome and another check mark off the layman's check list for an iPhone alternative. Can't wait to hear more about 8.1; I really hope they improve mobile IE. So many web only pages I've been coming across are just broken. I believe we're still using IE10's engine.
  • too late Microsoft. Too late. Shame. WP8 Updates is very SLOWWWWW. And Apps? Where is good apps Microsoft? Developers developers , Where is DEVELOPERS?? I have Nokia Lumia 925. But NOW i have second phone  LG G2 (amazing phone with APPSSSSSSSS microsoft, but with fu..ing scroogle).
  • What's up with only four shortcuts to settings? There should've been more! Man I hope they don't screw this up again.
  • What about pressing windows key for longtime shows the multiple windows running background rather than holding back button..and making search button not only for bing search but making the bing an universal search for phone web n everything like that of blackberry..and holding search button for longtime making it to open cortana rather than holding windows button..and swipe right to open notification center..on the top of the notification center having control center..and swipe down to close the apps as said earlier..and if possible making Windows Phone more customizable like not only having dark and light themes but we can make anything as background..and also colours for live tiles having numerous shades like that of windows 8.1..
    What do you think guys??
  • +920
  • Um...no....1,000 no's
  • I like the idea, windows is slowly but surely turning into an extremely solid platform. It would be cool if 3rd parties could implement "notification centre" support into their apps so we could add different apps to this screen, such as tumblr/twitter/instagram etc
  • Hi. Most people are telling that after black update 3g is not working is it true?
  • Dose windows phone 8.1 support VPN ?!!
    we need it 
  • This looks sick! Can't wait to get this functionality!
  • ....and you have the utter gall and hypocrisy to say you do not report fake news. What exactly do you think a third party mockup showing a rumored geature is supposed to be? I guess if I grab my copy of PhotoShop and add the Lumia Black identifier to my 928 you will announce the upgrade is available? Alternatively, I could add a pair of wings to the phone and you can announce an upcoming version will have hover mode. Wait, how about using PhotoShop to change the Surface Pro 2 start screen to Windows XP? You can announce that too. What an absolute insult to anyone's intelligence.          
  • I think they're making it too complicated. Why have any sort of email or text information in the notification hub? This data is already easily available elsewhere. Just make it another hub or part of the me hub, for past toast notification access, it really could be that easy.
  • I had the same idea...just the ability to access all notifications in the already existing"notifications" section of the already existing ME tile.
  • "off of" - what finishing school did you go to, Daniel? :)
  • I hope it doesn't look like Android after all the wait
  • Right? Me neither...if I wanted an Android, I would get an Android...
  • Am I the only one that doesn't want some special gesture or swipe for a notifications center? ..actually...am I the only one that doesn't want a notification center and just wants to be able to access all notifications in the already existing"Notifications" section of the already existing ME tile?
    I don't want my phone to be like Android or iOS...that is why I have a WP. I like the ease of use and the "simplicity is elegance" feel. I don't want it to be the unsecured cluttered cluster that is called Android...or the overrated OS that never really changes drastically that is called iOS.
    On that note...honestly...I don't mind if the notification center comes or doesn't come at all...I like the OS as is and am content with what we have....anything more is just "icing on the cake", gimmicks and "bells and whistles" to me....
  • You are not the only one, they're thinking way too much. Good development is supplementing existing features, not adding new ones just for the sake of it. Add the toast notifications to the ME hub and be done with it, agree 100%.
  • Amen
  • They all say "if I don't get such and such feature, I'm going back to Android or iOS" well...if my WP becomes a jumbled up messy mix of Android and iOS I will go back to using a tablet and a "dumb phone" haha
  • Why not a semi-transparent notification centre. Since for each theme (dark or light) there is a secondary tone, why not use that secondary tone for the semi-transparent notification centre? This definitely doesn't look that polished yet.
    EDIT:Whoops didn't see that this was the settings page my bad. Still a translucent notification centre would be nice :P
  • Would it be possible for the behavior of Live Tiles in Windows Phone 8 to be tweaked? IMHO, just feel that the current Live Tiles are quite static. Take the Messages Hub for instance. At medium size, the tile shows the same amount of information as the small tile. At large size, it only shows the latest message. Why not make the Live Tiles like the ones in Windows 8, where they can cycle unread messages and also utilize the different spaces on the different tiles more efficiently. It would be even better if maybe social media apps could pull down regular social updates that are relevant to the particular user, similar to Windows 8, though this might potentially cause battery issues? Just my two cents :)
  • Would definitely cause battery issues
  • Please remove the built-in jpeg processing of 920 on Windows 8.1 update and that will be the most innovative update I would get.
  • What is this all about? I recently acquired a Lumia 520 which sports the amber upgrade and it already have a notification centre like that. I configured it to show me calls, SMS, emails, Skype and whatsapp notifications on lock screen. Is that?
  • That's my argument too, no need for a center, just add the missed toast notifications to the already existing notifications in the ME tile.
  • microsoft needs to drop this windows phone * buissness, tell nokia to replace the arm processors with intel's x86 based atom processors, and put the full windows 8.1 on their phones. If I found a phone made by nokia with the running the same os as my computer, I would dorp my android phone straight up.