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We’ve had a massive leak yesterday of Windows Phone 8.1 screen shots, and we now understand the handset has been retrieved by Microsoft, meaning we will not be hearing anything for a while.
One of the stand-out items however was the Windows Phone 8.1 notification centre, reached via a Live Tile.
The Verge’s Tom Warren claims from sources that while the whole leak was genuine, the current implementation of the Notification Centre has been dropped, giving us a look at just a snapshot of the development process, but not an indication of the final product.
The screen shots are however still interesting. Above in the first image we have the notification centre, which groups notifications by app, and also it seems allows one to delete the notifications.
The next shot, not shown in our collection yesterday, shows a settings pane which would allow users to select which apps can raise notifications, making the whole process a bit more sophisticated. In the last screen it shows this list also included notifications from the system itself.
While the implementation certainly appeared functional, many of our readers were unhappy with the it, as it would require users to return to the start screen and hunt for the tile. We unfortunately do not know if the whole concept of a notification centre was dropped, or merely the last implementation. The leak has however shown the development process is quite far along, suggesting Blue by the end of the year is certainly possible.