In a major update to Windows Phone 8, the much awaited notification center feature will be released in the upcoming 8.1 update allowing users to manage and customize notifications.
The Verge confirmed the authenticity of the screenshots leaked by WinPhollowers. On taking a swipe from the top of the screen the “Action Center” appears that provides shortcuts to settings like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other basic options. The settings can be customized, while the notification center displays the date and battery level. The complete “Action Center” can be accessed by further pulling down the notification center.
The complete ” Action Center” would display notifications that could be deleted, sorted or added. The leaked slide mentions that “Apps can intelligently manage notifications,” which allows the users to drop the notifications that are unimportant. The latest Windows Phone 8.1 update is now named as Windows Phone Blue.
The update will also include Microsoft’s personal assistant named “Cortana” that would utilize data from Foursquare, Bing and other services for managing the device. Similar to ‘Siri’ and ‘Google Now’, the personal assistant “Cortana,” also will be released in Xbox, Windows’s PC’s shortly after its entry into smartphones. Volume controls will be split for volume, notifications and apps in the upcoming update.
Microsoft hopes to catch up with the expectations of Windows Phone users with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update. The latest OS will be unveiled at the Build Developer Conference in April.
[Source: Winphollowers (Spanish)]