Windows Phone 8.1 notification center shown off on video

Windows Phone 8.1 leaks have been pouring out since the SDK and documentation leaked a few days back. While we knew a notification was coming to the platform, we now have the best look yet at the notification center that will arrive with Windows Phone 8.1.

The notification center, formally called ‘Action Center’ is a central hub for notifications. To access the action center, you pull down from the top of the screen and that will initiate a drawer reveal of the hub. Within the hub, you will find all of the items you would expect and you can customize 4 different toggles too, according to the source.

The good news too is that it appears that you can control what items show up in the action center so you can remove unwanted items.

This will be one of the many welcomed features coming to the platform and will help Windows Phone catch up (in this area) to the other competitors in the market.

Source: Unleashthephones

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Drewidian said,
So... based on the video we may be getting groups the way they are in Windows 8.1 on the start screen as well?

I don't think so. You can have the same feature by apps that do nothing more than pinning black tiles on your Start Screen with just a word or two, creating the illusion of groups. Step through the video frame by frame and you can see that there is a big gap between these "groups", the size of a tile. If they'll add groups in the Start Screen, they would do it for large displays only. In WVGA resolutions that most WP have, there's too little space for group titles be to displayed. But, who knows, maybe they'll come up with a better implementation. I believe, though, that what we see in this video is just an app like Group Tiles (http://www.windowsphone.com/en...154c-4eaf-be02-eadc77095b7d) and not a new "hidden" feature.

Pi.X.el said,

I don't think so. You can have the same feature by apps that do nothing more than pinning black tiles on your Start Screen with just a word or two, creating the illusion of groups. Step through the video frame by frame and you can see that there is a big gap between these "groups", the size of a tile. If they'll add groups in the Start Screen, they would do it for large displays only. In WVGA resolutions that most WP have, there's too little space for group titles be to displayed. But, who knows, maybe they'll come up with a better implementation. I believe, though, that what we see in this video is just an app like Group Tiles (http://www.windowsphone.com/en...154c-4eaf-be02-eadc77095b7d) and not a new "hidden" feature.

But you can see that the group name is longer than one small tile. Which indicates that to create the illusion of groups it has to use a double small tile. Which isnt an option either.

I too use fake groups but the problem is that the group names cant be longer than one small tile. (so short words like 'start' and 'prod.' only). Unless you use a regular sized tile then you have half the screen. However than the gap would be much larger.

Although I doubt its in 8.1, it would have made it to the feature list if it had. Nevertheless IMO it is a much needed feature. It looks really good. I think they can really benefit from making WP and WIndows more similar. Like here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6P-uXwG-18

chorpeac said,
Oh yeah, you have to step through the video frame by frame in the beginning and you can see Games, Social, Personal... Nice...

Are you sure? It just looks like my homescreen which is done using headertiles.

Drewidian said,
So... based on the video we may be getting groups the way they are in Windows 8.1 on the start screen as well?

Good catch. Nice. That could be very useful.

Studio384 said,
Windows Phone Lovers said that the SDK mentions that there are 5 slots for quick options instead of the 4 shown here.

I haven't seen that said, have a link? Maybe it's 5 on bigger screen devices?

I agree, it would make more sense to have 5 shortcuts on say the Lumia 1520 as they have extra screen real estate.

Steven P. said,
Pretty cool Wish there were a few more lock screen notification choices though..
I was thinking he just didn't have any other apps installed that used it yet. It might have to be implemented by the app developer (like live tiles have to be).

Secondly, I wish the four settings at the top could simply be swiped through, and show all of those different options. Like a list of checkboxes for which ones I want available instead of n option of only four.

Good to see Windows Phone fixing/adding a lot of features that really should've been there earlier on. Hopefully this'll increase their share of the market

Have to admin it looks nice and something that should've been there from the very beginning. This is the one biggest thing that always annoyed me when I had a WP device was the lack of a notification/quick access menu...

Some WP people are saying this build in the video is a few weeks old and that things have changed since then. Guess we'll have to wait for a newer leak or we'll see it fully at BUILD.

I loved my Windows Phone - the only reason i switched was because i was stuck on 7.8 despite my phone not even being a year old, the OS lacked many key features that we take for granted and finally the apps weren't that great at the time. If improvements like this continue, im seriously tempted to go back to Windows Phone!

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