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Next Windows Phone 8 update to include notifications centre

The next Windows Phone 8 update may well include a new notifications centre for Microsoft’s mobile OS, bringing it closer in line with Android and iOS.

An internal, unreleased Windows Phone 8 build has been found on a Reddit user’s recently purchased Nokia Lumia 920 handset and contains the first glimpse of a Windows Phone 8 notifications centre.

The new Nokia Lumia 920 owner posted the screenshots of the internal build, which is dated May 9, showcasing an early version of the Windows Phone 8 notification centre and how it appears in the settings.

The unreleased version of the Windows Phone OS was found on a Nokia Lumia 920 bought from eBay and could be the Windows Phone Blue update.

Microsoft has been working on a notifications centre for some time now, even admitting that it ran out of time to complete it before Windows Phone 8 was released last year.

Of course, Microsoft has said it “doesn’t comment on rumour or speculation” when asked directly about the screenshots, but they definitely look to be a plausible addition to the Windows Phone OS.

The screenshots also reveal that Microsoft could be working to improve Windows Phone 8 multitasking capabilities, including adding the ability to close apps from the multitasking view.

The calendar app should also get a redesign in the next Windows Phone update. From the internal build, we can see a new weekly view option that isn’t offered by current iterations of the OS.

It also shows a number of test applications including Wi-Fi, Power and Store that have a ‘Z’ in front of them in the applications listing.

Also, the build allows users to sort their applications by the name and the frequency of use.

Microsoft is releasing a Windows 8.1 preview on June 26, so we could see the Windows Phone Blue following in the next couple of months, complete with the new notifications centre.

Next, read our preview of the Nokia Lumia 925.

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Via: The Verge

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