First evidence of Windows Phone 8.1 being tested pops up

While Microsoft has been offering some official details of what we can expect from the Windows 8.1 upgrade later this year, the company has so far been silent on what it has planned for the next "Blue" version of Windows Phone. Now there's evidence that Microsoft has started to test an early build of what will likely be called Windows Phone 8.1.

Windows Phone developer Tom Myles posted up an image of his analytical data from one of his apps, Archiver, on Reddit earlier today. Among the different version numbers for Windows Phone 8, there was one that stood out for what looks like Windows Phone 8.1. Specifically, the version number was 8.10.12076.0. Windows Phone 8 devices have the current build number of 8.0.1211.204.

Of course, a build number for Windows Phone 8.1 is just about all we have in terms of info about the next version of Microsoft's mobile OS. Microsoft will likely reveal a lot more about Windows Phone 8.1 as part of its BUILD 2013 developers conference, which will be held in San Fransisco in late June. While Windows 8.1 will officially launch later in 2013, there's been so such information on when Windows Phone 8.1 will be made available.

Source: Reddit via WMPoweruser.com | Image via Tom Myles

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As much as I want to hate this comment because "the toasts are good enough!" -- they aren't.

I really enjoy having a pulldown or something that I can use to figure out what's going on in a glance, but with the way live tiles work it would have to be pretty different and unique.

That said, I'd also like to add my feature request -- jump to the top of the page. On an iPhone I can hit the top area and I scroll all the way up, I hate scrolling for hours on my WP.

Shyatic said,
As much as I want to hate this comment because "the toasts are good enough!" -- they aren't.

I really enjoy having a pulldown or something that I can use to figure out what's going on in a glance, but with the way live tiles work it would have to be pretty different and unique.

That said, I'd also like to add my feature request -- jump to the top of the page. On an iPhone I can hit the top area and I scroll all the way up, I hate scrolling for hours
on my WP.

Notification center can work perfectly fine with the tiles interface. It just stores your toasts. Can also be used for any ongoing notifications like on Android for phone calls, GPS, etc.

Tiles can still show the same stuff they currently do. It doesn't obsolete or deprecate the tiles at all, either. For instance I do not want weather and status updates from people in the notification center. Those stay in the tiles where they currently reside. Tiles are really not much different from a widget on Android. More of a mix of a normal shortcut and a widget.

mrp04 said,

Notification center can work perfectly fine with the tiles interface. It just stores your toasts. Can also be used for any ongoing notifications like on Android for phone calls, GPS, etc.

Tiles can still show the same stuff they currently do. It doesn't obsolete or deprecate the tiles at all, either. For instance I do not want weather and status updates from people in the notification center. Those stay in the tiles where they currently reside. Tiles are really not much different from a widget on Android. More of a mix of a normal shortcut and a widget.

You are talking about a NC with the lock screen, right? That's what I want. With the iPhone, you get a scrollable lock window with emails that are new. If MS could have something similar for the lock screen, that would be very useful. Plus, an option that each time an email comes in, it lights up the display to preview it. Being a Systems Admin, it drives me nuts to only see just one email on the screen when I've had more than one come in when the phone is locked and then not know about it. Yeah, there is a sound notification, but I would like the vibration plus display to come up.

scumdogmillionaire said,
I don't get the Notification Center stuff? Maybe it's because I didn't come from iOS, but what will this Notification Center that everyone wants do? What am I missing?

I'm assuming there's two points of view here. One, the traditional Notification Center in Android that lists various small icons at the very top and when you drag your finger from the top of the screen, down, it pulls down another screen that inform you of everything from updates, to text messages, to Facebook posts, and snippets of emails. My wish is to have an extended notification on the WP locks screen that rather than showing one email, shows you email snippets, text snippets, Facebook snippets, and then allows you to scroll down if there are many more.

Looks like the other builds are the 2 future GDRs as well. 8.0.10332.0 has to be GDR2 and 8.0.12042.0 GDR3 which is the final one before 8.1.