Windows Phone lacks one major feature offered by Android and iOS, and that’s a complete notification center. That’s about to change, hopefully with the launch of Windows Phone 8.1, and now we are being treated to a video that allegedly shows Action Center functioning. The functionality is basically the same as what we see in iOS and Android – you simply pull down from the top of the screen. Inside the notification shade, you can see quick controls for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode and an orientation lock (which suggests a new landscape mode is coming, too).
The video doesn’t show any active notifications, but we do see where they’ll populate. Also, inside the settings menu the option is referred to as “Action Centre,” which is probably just the localization settings for the spelling. There’s an option that says “Show notifications in action centre when my phone is locked,” suggesting that there will be access from the lock screen as well. Notifications are available for messaging, the phone, default apps and Wi-Fi, though we assume the option is available to third-party developers as well. The aforementioned quick-settings up top can also be switched out for other options.
Windows Phone 8.1 is expected to launch sometime following Microsoft’s BUILD developer conference during the first week of April. That’s where most pundits believe the company will discuss its future plans for the platform, while also showing off some of the new features. We don’t know if this is the final version of Action Shade, or if it’s the real deal, but we like what we see so far.