Screenshots of internal Windows Phone OS build leaked – shows early notification center and more

By LiveSide | In Featured, Mobile | Posted June 8, 2013 22 comments

Windows Phone BlueWe all know that Microsoft is currently preparing the rollout of the GDR2 update for their Windows Phone 8 OS, and future updates are also in development – including a GDR3 update as well as Windows Phone “Blue” upgrade. However, we have heard very little about what’s to come, until now. Reddit user ChinaMan28 managed to get his hands on a Nokia Lumia 920 off eBay with an pre-release build of the Windows Phone OS loaded, withe the version number 12084.WPMAIN(wpbldlab).20130509-1407, indicating it was compiled on May 9th. Based on the screenshots revealed, the OS build contained quite a few new features currently in development, including:

  • Notifications center
  • Ability to close apps in the App switcher
  • App list can be sorted alphabetically or by frequency of usage
  • Calendar gets week view

You can check out some of the screenshots below:

Start Screen App List App List - Sort Applications
Start Screen with Notifications app tile App List with new sort by frequency and Notifications app listed App List sorting options
Calendar - Week View Task Manager - Close Notifications
New week view in Calendar app Ability to close apps in App switcher Notifications app
Notifications settings Notifications settings - System  
Notifications settings Notifications settings – System  

According to WPCentral, the screenshots comes from an early development build of the OS, and that the look and feel of the notification center is expected to change as development goes on (and might not exist as an “app” but rather integrated in the OS).

Whilst we’re unsure whether this is the GDR3 update or Windows Phone “Blue”, some test apps bundled with the phone had the title “BLUE” in it (e.g. HERE Drive+ Beta BLUE), suggesting we may be looking at an early version of Windows Phone “Blue”. Of course, features and UI are definitely subject to change in the final build, but this is a good opportunity for us to see what Microsoft have planned for the future of the OS. What do you think of the new additions? Are there anything else you’d like to see added? Let us know in the comments below!

Posted June 8th, 2013 at 7:31 am
  • Simen Mangseth

    I like the multitasking, app list and week view additions, but the notification center does not look good – and what is it with the weird calendar tile?

    • Ray Wall

      Looks like they are finally displaying all day events on the calendar tile!
      Love how we’ll be able to close apps on the app switcher. I’ve always felt like it would be natural to swipe them away, but touching the “X” works too (maybe android beat them to it?)

      • Simen Mangseth

        I found out that the calendar tile was Chronos Calendar. And that was fine for me, as I didn’t like the design of it. Absolutely agree on you on the app closing.

  • Simen Mangseth

    I like the multitasking, app list and week view additions, but the notification center does not look good – and what is it with the weird calendar tile?

    • Ray Wall

      Looks like they are finally displaying all day events on the calendar tile!
      Love how we’ll be able to close apps on the app switcher. I’ve always felt like it would be natural to swipe them away, but touching the “X” works too (maybe android beat them to it?)

      • Simen Mangseth

        I found out that the calendar tile was Chronos Calendar. And that was fine for me, as I didn’t like the design of it. Absolutely agree on you on the app closing.

  • jkth

    Not excited in the slightest about any of those. If they’d allowed 3rd party apps to display something in the calendar THEN I’d be interested but week view? Meh.

    big thing i would like to see is the same sort of searching ability that has just been announced for Windows8.1.

  • jkth

    Not excited in the slightest about any of those. If they’d allowed 3rd party apps to display something in the calendar THEN I’d be interested but week view? Meh.

    big thing i would like to see is the same sort of searching ability that has just been announced for Windows8.1.

  • Kickstar

    Why did a Phone from eBay of all places, have this on it? Sounds…suspect.

    I’m hoping for Quiet Hours and custom sms/email tones per contact.

  • Kickstar

    Why did a Phone from eBay of all places, have this on it? Sounds…suspect.

    I’m hoping for Quiet Hours and custom sms/email tones per contact.

  • Rohit Chauhan

    A screen rotation lock
    FM Radio
    Ability to install apps on SD card
    Notification center yes
    More notification options on lockscreen
    More color options for phone themes
    Gif supporting picture viewer & browser
    Animated lock screen and background wallpaper support
    Multi-Document attachment support within mail client
    Faster WhatsApp
    Music, video and documents sharing support in WhatsApp
    That’s not all, but i guess i can do with this much. :D

  • Rohit Chauhan

    A screen rotation lock
    FM Radio
    Ability to install apps on SD card
    Notification center yes
    More notification options on lockscreen
    More color options for phone themes
    Gif supporting picture viewer & browser
    Animated lock screen and background wallpaper support
    Multi-Document attachment support within mail client
    Faster WhatsApp
    Music, video and documents sharing support in WhatsApp
    That’s not all, but i guess i can do with this much. :D