Photo allegedly reveals early build of Windows Phone 8.1

Screenshots of Windows Phone 8 GDR3 leaked Saturday, and now it appears the next major update to Microsoft's smartphone operating system may have been captured in an image as well.

A post to the XDA Developer Forums by "when im gone" shows a Nokia Lumia 620 allegedly running an early build of Windows Phone 8.1, otherwise known by the codename "Blue." The poster claims to have obtained an "SD Card and this photo was in it." The "Notifications" tile shows two missed notifications, along with a icon with an asterisk. Looking at the system tray, an asterisk is also displayed, likely indicating the two are connected. The Wi-Fi icon has also been moved further left.

The image may have been faked, though it mirrors previously leaked information about Windows Phone 8.1 relatively closely. In June, screenshots of Windows Phone 8.1 on a developer device leaked on Reddit. Shortly after, Microsoft had contacted the poster and required him to take down the images or face legal action.

It is believed that Microsoft is still working on GDR3 but has started testing Windows Phone 8.1. Rumors have suggested that the upcoming update will include a notification center. Unlike GDR2 and GDR3 updates, which focused on allowing OEMs to use new hardware, Windows Phone 8.1 is focused more on software.

Source: XDA Developer Forums via WPCentral | Image via XDA Developer Forums

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Take all the notifications and make them show up in the me tile together with the other social notifications we get there. That would be a WIN.

Hm... Is that two tiles showing notifications? I don't get it. I hope this isn't what they worked up because it will not meet expectations...

"SD Card and this photo was in it."

people actually still uses sd cards with their phone? tsk. tsk. tsk. so last millennium.

Albert said,
"SD Card and this photo was in it."

people actually still uses sd cards with their phone? tsk. tsk. tsk. so last millennium.


SD cards are really useful on phones with 8gb, or worse, 4gb like the HTX Windows Phone 8s

Albert said,
"SD Card and this photo was in it."

people actually still uses sd cards with their phone? tsk. tsk. tsk. so last millennium.


How many pictures do you want to have on your phone? How many songs?
And no, I am not an AT&T shareholder and I am not interested to increase their profits streaming everything. I prefer to have the option to store things on my device.
I guess that make my money benefit me is " so last millenium" as well....

Albert said,
"SD Card and this photo was in it."

people actually still uses sd cards with their phone? tsk. tsk. tsk. so last millennium.

I was thinking the same thing. How old school to get slipped an SD card instead of, you know, an e-mail or something. LOL

the build of windows 8.1 on the screen behind is one of the builds that leaked to the public, so that really does not mean anything at all. I would imagine though that this is a very early build of wp8.1.

AsherGZ said,
Still don't see any UI changes.

sad, sad day my friend...

all of a sudden i dont mind that i upgraded to htc one.

AsherGZ said,
Still don't see any UI changes.

Like what? What's wrong with it? Oh, do you want a stupid boring grid of icons or something?

AsherGZ said,
Still don't see any UI changes.
All I see is even more "bland". Orange tiles on a black background? Are you kidding me Microsoft (who also designed the elegant Aero interface)?

I hope this is faked or it changes in the final build. A unified notification center shouldn't be something that is actively pinned or unpinned from the start screen. Since nothing at the top of Windows Phone is "active" (meaning you can't click the WiFi icon for quick access to the WiFi settings, for instance) this would lead to the feature being too buried to be useful.

For this to be actually useful it would need a dedicated gesture and a dedicated location. For instance, swiping to the left from the Start Screen would bring up notifications while swiping from the right gives you the full application list.

Lets hope Microsoft isn't crazy enough to do what this screenshot is claiming.

who says there isn't a standard gesture to bring up notifications? also who says notifications can't get a dedicated Tile.. you? must all phones look the same.. why exactly wouldn't i want to see my last few notifications right on my screen? the entire WindowsPhone UI is pretty much all about notifications, Tile updates.. latest details.. one tap it seems returns anything important missed

dingl_ said,
who says there isn't a standard gesture to bring up notifications? also who says notifications can't get a dedicated Tile.. you? must all phones look the same.. why exactly wouldn't i want to see my last few notifications right on my screen? the entire WindowsPhone UI is pretty much all about notifications, Tile updates.. latest details.. one tap it seems returns anything important missed

Personally, i don't want to have to go back to the main screen everytime i have to do something i see "essential" all around the OS. It should, in my opinion, be easy to access anywhere.... BUT perhaps the learning curve of pulling or swiping is too complex for modern right....

auziez said,

It should, in my opinion, be easy to access anywhere....

Start button->Boom, there it is. How hard is that exactly? The beauty of this is, you quickly see at a glance (Like every other live tile), whether there's anything worth even opening it for, plus it works in every situation/app.

and also rambled on about
BUT perhaps the learning curve of pulling or swiping is too complex for modern right....

Yeah, that was completely necessary... Plus, you didn't offer any awesome way of invoking it, just a childish insult.

Ideas Man said,

Start button->Boom, there it is. How hard is that exactly? The beauty of this is, you quickly see at a glance (Like every other live tile), whether there's anything worth even opening it for, plus it works in every situation/app.

Yeah, that was completely necessary... Plus, you didn't offer any awesome way of invoking it, just a childish insult.

Start Button and then finding the Notifications tile then tapping it.

Rather than a way to simply get to the notifications to begin with... like by swiping down (like iOS and Android) or swiping right.

Ideas Man said,

Start button->Boom, there it is. How hard is that exactly? The beauty of this is, you quickly see at a glance (Like every other live tile), whether there's anything worth even opening it for, plus it works in every situation/app.

Yeah, that was completely necessary... Plus, you didn't offer any awesome way of invoking it, just a childish insult.

I think it was Nokia, Stephan elop specifically, that said there should be more than one way in/out of the kitchen when referring to the OS. This saying, to me, is underlining accessible-ITY, not accessible. So when we look at the OS, sure you can glance at the home screen and then open up another tile to get to a main notification hub, but is that really the best method? or rather should that be the ONLY method?
I understand that it isn't hard to go to the homescreen and then there, but what if im inside an app, say messaging, and I want to quickly glance? Im just saying that I like, or prefer, the way other OS's implemented a "swipe down" - seems more efficient.... by no means am I saying that this WP way is terribly hard or wrong.

I wasn't joking, by the way, when I made that comment. Modern is known for its simplicity and ease of use, and this is something Microsoft adopted and is probably trying to keep tight control over. I just wish they tried something 'different' for the OS. Not that it isn't already unique, but that they just haven't done much in the last 3 years for the UI. But this is why there are other options out there, and why I jumped ship on my loyalty to windows phone. Ill be back im sure one day though.

On a second note, I just wonder what exactly their vision of a 'notification' centre will hold. I mean if we have to go to the homescreen already (which displays all notifications generally), then why make a notification tile, so to speak. At least the way its shown now seems weird/interesting, I mean ill guess I have to see.

LogicalApex said,
I hope this is faked or it changes in the final build. A unified notification center shouldn't be something that is actively pinned or unpinned from the start screen. Since nothing at the top of Windows Phone is "active" (meaning you can't click the WiFi icon for quick access to the WiFi settings, for instance) this would lead to the feature being too buried to be useful.

For this to be actually useful it would need a dedicated gesture and a dedicated location. For instance, swiping to the left from the Start Screen would bring up notifications while swiping from the right gives you the full application list.

Lets hope Microsoft isn't crazy enough to do what this screenshot is claiming.

I have to agree. Not only that, but waiting this long for an "App" is more than a little disappointing. It should be, as you said, more ingrained in the OS...

On that note as well though, I hope that the icons in the bar at the top will no longer be static... It would be nice to be able to quickly turn off or on the wi-fi from there, etc.

Konstantine said,
+1. This dude had early access to Windows 8.1 (you can see that obviously) why it's highly likely the image is legit.

It's the public leaked build 9471. So this proves nothing. ^.^

spenser.d said,
The tiles are user skinned...you can choose from a bunch of colors.
Ok, point taken (might be getting a WP next upgrade so learning stuff now)

a manlet , the s3 married a bbw, the note ii,and together they had a child, the ativ s, which is the black sheep of the family

Dushmany said,
Ok, point taken (might be getting a WP next upgrade so learning stuff now)

It's a great OS. If you do, welcome to Windows Phone.

Thank you I still have a little while to wait, my upgrade isn't due til the new year, unless I want to pay for my O2 refresh, which I don't But it's also partly as I'm missing my Nokia devices