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Windows Phone 8.1 Action Centre screenshots leaked

Screenshots from the Windows Phone 8.1 Action Centre have leaked online showing off the incoming notifications centre.

A slide from an official Microsoft presentation has been leaked showcasing the Windows Phone 8.1 Action Centre notification hub.

The leaked slide calls the Action Centre a “central location to surface missed notifications.”

Microsoft is preparing Windows Phone 8.1 as the first major update to the Windows Phone 8 mobile OS, and this genuine Microsoft PowerPoint presentation slide suggests the notification centre is one of the main features.

According to the screenshots there will be two layers to the Windows Phone 8.1 Action Centre. The first level, revealed by a short swipe from the top of the screen, offers access to four basic quick settings. These will be shortcuts to settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane mode and something that’s called Driving mode.

All four of the basic shortcuts are customisable, so you can cater them to your most used settings toggles.

The secondary level to the Action Centre offers access to the full list of toasts and notifications from apps, similar to that offered by the notifications centres in Android and iOS devices.

Apparently, “apps can intelligently manage notifications [to] silently add, update and delete notifications”.

We’re not quite sure how this will function, but we guess that if you go into a related app manually the notifications will disappear accordingly.

Earlier this month, icons for the Windows Phone 8.1 Cortana voice assistant were leaked online, revealing some of its upcoming features.

The icons suggest that Cortana will be able to complete tasks ranging from basic ones like alarms, sending messages and searching the web right the way through to more complex tasks like alerting you to heavy traffic on your route, giving directions and even taking notes for you.

Windows Phone 8.1 is set to be officially unveiled during the Microsoft Build Conference in April.

Read more: Windows Phone 8 tips and tricks

Via: The Verge

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