notification center – OneTechStop https://www.onetechstop.net Your Source For All Tech Sun, 09 Feb 2014 06:58:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.1 77705806 DerreLeaks: The Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center Gets Redesigned https://www.onetechstop.net/2014/02/09/derreleaks-the-windows-phone-8-1-notification-center-gets-redesigned/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2014/02/09/derreleaks-the-windows-phone-8-1-notification-center-gets-redesigned/#respond Sun, 09 Feb 2014 06:58:34 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=12111 New images of the Notification Center for Windows Phone 8.1 have surfaced, and it seems to have gotten a nice redesign. It’s been long-rumored that the next major update to Windows Phone will include a notification center, and last year we’ve seen leaks of early builds. It seems that Microsoft has finally pinned down a […]

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New images of the Notification Center for Windows Phone 8.1 have surfaced, and it seems to have gotten a nice redesign.

Windows Phone 8.1 Notification Center

It’s been long-rumored that the next major update to Windows Phone will include a notification center, and last year we’ve seen leaks of early builds. It seems that Microsoft has finally pinned down a design that they like. The screenshots above were taken from a confidential email that was sent around Microsoft detailing the features of the update, uncluding the notification center. Notably, it has been given the name “Action Center”, a nice way to differentiate itself from iOS and Android. Also included are shortcuts to settings such as WiFi, Bluetooth, Airplane Mode, and Car Mode, any of which can be changed to the user’s liking. We also see options such as ‘clear all’ for the notifications, and ‘all settings’ where the user can easily access the full list of settings. The description states that apps can intelligently manage notifications which includes the ability to silently add, delete, and update them, giving users much less intrusive ‘ghost notifications‘ that get added to the Action Center without being alerted to the user.

Windows Phone Blue
This screenshot shows the codename ‘Blue’ being used to address the new update

It is said that while using full-screen apps like games, accidental (or even intentional) swipes from the top of the screen will result in just the small blue bar showing instead of the full Action Center (similar to iOS), and can be forced down if necessary to display the full center. Also noted in the Action Center screenshots is the inclusion of the batter percentage (requested feature), the date and the carrier name in the top icon area.

Windows Phone 8.1 ‘Blue’ is likely to be detailed publicly by Microsoft at the Build conference on April 2nd, along with a developer preview similar to the one for Update 3.

Source: Winphollowers via WPCentral

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What I Want to See In Windows Phone 8.1 (Blue) https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/10/16/what-i-want-to-see-in-windows-phone-8-1-blue/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/10/16/what-i-want-to-see-in-windows-phone-8-1-blue/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 18:08:40 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10990 So I’ve been out of the game for a while now, mainly due to my busy uni schedule (excuses, excuses), but while I should be working on an essay, I figured I’d lay out a list of things I want to see in Microsoft’s next major iteration of Windows Phone. Update 3 was just released to […]

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So I’ve been out of the game for a while now, mainly due to my busy uni schedule (excuses, excuses), but while I should be working on an essay, I figured I’d lay out a list of things I want to see in Microsoft’s next major iteration of Windows Phone. Update 3 was just released to developers (and while I barely qualify, I still got it), bringing a number of small but noteworthy features like 1080p support for larger phones, improved multitasking, and custom text/notification tones. This marks the final update that we’re to expect from Microsoft this year before unveiling the next major update to Windows Phone in early 2014. And while Update 3 is nice and all, I’m still hungry for more, and with all these rumours swirling it seems I’m not the only one! I’m definitely excited to see if Microsoft has really been listening good and hard to its customers. Here’s some improvements I’d like to see:

 

Tiles

Windows Phone 8 tiles

The main reason Windows Phone is so unique is its use of tiles. We all know ’em. We all love ’em. We’re even gonna get more in a row with the just-released Update 3 and upcoming phablets from Nokia! But there are some things that I think would make them even more functional:

  • Actionable Tiles. So basically a widget in tile form. This makes sense to me because one of the original selling point that Microsoft tried to make was that people should be able to look down at their phone less. Getting notifications on tiles is one thing, but why not rid a step by making these tiles more function to the tiles themselves, so that we don’t have to open an app completely if we need to perform quick functions.
  • Folders. Need I say more? Or at least give us the same sectioning that we see on Windows 8. It would make sense it the company wants to

Better Social networking integration

Social Network integration

One of the things I liked when I jumped onto Windows Phone is that the OS just seemed very integrated. Facebook and twitter were pretty much baked into the OS, and it almost seemed like apps talked to other apps. But the more I used it, the more I began to realize that there are many Facebook features still missing from the functions that Windows Phone currently has. Here are some off the top of my head:

  • Tagging people in statuses, or when checking in
  • Can’t add a photo when checking in
  • Photo sharing was always defaulted to Friends Only
  • Notifications are limited; no group notifications, IMs tend to get lost or lag

Then there’s Twitter:

  • Notifications limited to one mention, doesn’t include any other mentions besides the one who is tweeting directly to you
  • No favorite function

And I’m sure people want Instagram integration built into the OS (though I couldn’t personally care less about that one)

Settings App revamp

Windows Phone 8 settings

Let’s be honest. The settings app is ugly and makes little sense to me. It’s like someone threw up on it and ran with it. And both Microsoft and Nokia aren’t making it any better by continuously adding settings into the mix (though welcome, they are). There just doesn’t seem to be a logical flow to it. At least in iOS, the settings are given in logical chunks: Connectivity, notifications, General/privacy, native functional apps, native media apps, social media apps, other apps. When I flick through my Lumia’s settings I nearly never know where to look for something. Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Reorder everything in settings, and maybe include small headers for sections as you scroll.
  • Let’s try removing all the layers and just make toggles/expanded/dropdown menus for the apps without having to open a different page. Nokia learned with Symbian that less is more, so take note.
  • Better brightness control, instead of the 3 for low, medium, and high. Sometimes low isn’t low enough, and medium just isn’t where I’d like it to be.
  • Volume control. ’nuff said.

Notifications

Notifications

We all want that notification center. We’ve all seen the leaks. But we still don’t really know what Microsoft is gonna make out of the final version. This is what I think:

  • Drop down is the way to go. iOS and Android have it. Maemo5 had it. Sailfish has something like it. So it would make sense for Microsoft to play it safe and make something that users are already familiar with from the two bigger and more popular OSes. No need to get over creative. Just give us something functional, but still give us that Windows Phone flair that we know and love (aka keep it simple).
  • Notifications on the lock screen should be able to give us direct access to that app, instead of having to unlock then go to the app.
  • Actionable Notifications would be nice. And we just might get them as it’s been leaked in screenshots.

Windows Buttons

Windows Keys

Recent reports suggest that Microsoft is riding the back button and other physical capacitive keys. Some people cried out at this, but I personally hope they do. Firstly, they just add unnecessary bezel space. Secondly, Android has plenty of popular devices that use onscreen keys, and we all know how popular Android is! And lastly, Microsoft is trying to merge Windows Phone and Windows 8, and since the latter has its Charms, it would make sense for Windows Phone to adopt the same function.

  • No need for physical buttons
  • Make Search more integrated
  • Make multitasking/app switching the same as on Windows 8. SWIPE!

Text & Messaging

Windows Phone keyboard

Microsoft’s text messaging, to me, is one of the finer points of Windows Phone. The ability to switch from a text to Facebook chat in a single thread (albeit a few quirks there) is totally awesome! I’m not aware of any other OSes that have that same function. Yet as cool as it is, there are a few things I would add to the experience:

  • Ability to use Swype. I know Microsoft and Apple like their own keyboard functions on their closed OSes, but one thing I LOVED having on my Nokia N8 (and even my Nuron) was Swype. I could text blazingly fast and with a surprising mount of accuracy. I’m not saying Windows Phone’s predictive texting isn’t awesome, because it is, but I like having options.
  • Give us a smarter situational keyboard. For example, give me the “.com” whenever and wherever I may need it. etc etc
  • iOS-like receipts. None of this about sending a whole text to let me know my recipient received my text. Let me know via a little text at the bottom saying “delivered” or “read”. That leads into my next point of:
  • Texting/picture messaging over wifi (and not just in rooms). T-Mobile has WiFi calling on the Lumia 925 and 521, but my 810 is left out of the mix, so I can’t text in areas where I get no reception (like campus) but where WiFi is rampant. And even with the WiFi calling feature, picture messaging over WiFi is still impossible unless you’re in Rooms. Just make it happen, Microsoft! Give us an iMessage equivalent!
  • This is kinda off topic, but when making a call in the phone app, and one starts to type a number, one thing I could count on in Symbian (the 3 year-old, dead OS), is that names would start to pop up from the contact list that included the dialed number(s) in their contact page (number or name). Because sometimes I’m just too lazy to go through my People Tile (first world problems, eh?).
  • Another off topic, App titles. Sometimes they’re just unnecessarily big. Go to your People Tile now. Go ahead Look at how much space that sucker takes up! It’s unconscionable! And on that note, there’s a bunch of dead space above the first set of tiles, between them and the notification area up top. C’mon, Microsoft, get it together!

Personal Assistant Windows Phone 8 Cortana leak?

Cortana better be big! And smarter than Siri!

Apps:

People Tile

  • Contact entry needs to be less redundant or something. It need not take a separate page to add the name, then go back to add the number, which then takes you to another separate page.

Skype

  • More integration please! One thing I would love to see is native video calling that’s powered by Skype. Just my way of moving towards universal video calling standards for smartphones!
  • Oh and make the app a lot better. Sooner than later, please.

Photos

  • I don’t think I have many complaints here. Just more album management would be nice. Let me lock albums, for example.

Mail

  • Unified mail app, like on Windows 8

Office

  • FULL OFFICE PLEASE! I wanna make PowerPoints and show them off to my friends.
  • OneNote should have some sort of increased relevancy with phablets and tablets, especially with styluses involved.

Wallet

  • Let’s get around to making actual use of it, eh? ISIS integration?

Internet Explorer

  • Make it better. Give me  forward button.

Grindr

  • Oh, I forgot there is no Grindr. GIVE ME GRINDR! As a bisexual male, it’s kinda a must. I’ve come across many gay friends who got Windows Phones, and were disappointed to learn later that Grindr is non-existent on the platform. A gay man without Grindr is like… Windows without Word! There’s just this void…

NFC

  • Um, what’s up with needing to turn on Bluetooth whenever I wanted to use NFC? Symbian never had this, it would just automatically turn on! NFC is supposed to be easy and effortless, so why make it a pain, Microsoft?

So there you have it. All the things I would like to see (improved) in Windows Phone 8.1 (aka Blue). These are just the things I could come up with now, I’m sure there are many more that I forgot. For more, you can check out this post here from Chris Wright, on Windows 8 bugs and what can be improved (there’s some overlap). Windows Phone users are used to complaining, so tell me what new/improved features you would like to see Microsoft stuff into their OS?

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Rumour: GDR3 to include notification center, “Appetite” https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/08/23/rumour-gdr3-to-include-notification-center-appetite/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/08/23/rumour-gdr3-to-include-notification-center-appetite/#comments Fri, 23 Aug 2013 04:57:31 +0000 http://www.nokiainnovation.com/?p=10265 The much-awaited notification center has been widely believed to come included with Microsoft’s Windows Phone Blue update, which is slated to arrive early 2014. It seems that Microsoft may grant our wish sooner than we thought, as the latest rumours indicate that a notification center will be pushed out in GDR3. It’s widely believed that […]

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The much-awaited notification center has been widely believed to come included with Microsoft’s Windows Phone Blue update, which is slated to arrive early 2014. It seems that Microsoft may grant our wish sooner than we thought, as the latest rumours indicate that a notification center will be pushed out in GDR3.

WP Notification Center (GDR3? Blue?)
A leaked screenshot from a notification center previously in testing for WP8

It’s widely believed that Windows Phone Blue won’t be launched until early 2014. Until then, we’re being treated to some intermittent updates that include the currently rolling out GDR2 (General Distribution Release 2), Lumia Amber (Lumia devices only), and the upcoming GDR3. Both updates are small compared to what we are to expect to be a major update with Blue, but they bring welcome features that should have well been included in the initial release of Windows Phone 8. Unfortunately there are many things still missing that other popular OSes have, and we can only expect that Microsoft will close the gap with Blue. The Notification center is one of those features, which has been missing on Windows Phone since it’s inception back in 2010 and many users have loudly lamented this obvious omission.

Hearing that Microsoft may give it to us earlier than expected is great news, but we won’t know for sure until we get closer to the release of GDR3. Along with the added support for 1080p resolution and a few other goodies, it has also been rumoured that the update may include a feature called “Appetite”, which is seemingly shrouded in mystery. No one seems to know what it is, but it sounds pretty interesting.

If Microsoft’s recent restructuring is any indication of the company’s commitment to a quickening pace and improved synchronization across their OSes, then it would be great to see the fruit of their labour sooner than later. Guess we gotta “watch out for October” to see if/what Microsoft can provide their slowly growing user-base.

Source: Pocketnow

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Unification brings an unique notification center for Windows Phone 8 and more! https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/04/01/unification-brings-an-unique-notification-center-for-windows-phone-8-and-more/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/04/01/unification-brings-an-unique-notification-center-for-windows-phone-8-and-more/#respond Tue, 02 Apr 2013 03:53:58 +0000 http://nokiainnovation.com/?p=8124         Liquid Daffodil (@LiquidDaffodil) is a developer for Windows Phone 7&8 which has released a slew of beautiful and unique Windows Phone apps including twitter clients for WP7&8 (@Gleekthis and @Cowlick) as well as other fun and productive apps. Their Windows 8 apps for Twitter clients are also top notch and bring […]

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Liquid Daffodil (@LiquidDaffodil) is a developer for Windows Phone 7&8 which has released a slew of beautiful and unique Windows Phone apps including twitter clients for WP7&8 (@Gleekthis and @Cowlick) as well as other fun and productive apps. Their Windows 8 apps for Twitter clients are also top notch and bring a whole new experience for the already amazing Windows Phone world. Well now their Unification notification center is available for Windows Phone 8 right now and is racking up more and more apps for a customizable and unified notification center. Not all features for Unification are up and running at the moment because there are pending updates coming to Gleek within a week and other apps are pending for certification to use this impressive and helpful new service.

The apps that are already live include:
– Cowlick (for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7)
– fantweestic! (Windows 8)
– flyby! (Windows Phone 8)
– gleek! (Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8)
– Locksider + (Windows Phone 8)
– Super rowi Bros: TweetWerks (Windows 8)

These apps are coming soon and pending certification:
– Disqus (Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8)
– Feed Me (Windows Phone 8)
– giffgaff (Windows Phone 8)
– MaTabletteWindows (Windows Phone 7)
– MeTweets (Windows Phone 8)
– MonWindowsPhone (Windows Phone 7)
– my3 (Windows Phone 8)
– Outsider (Windows Phone 7)
– Ovivo (Windows Phone 8)
– Pepper (Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8)
– Picit (Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8)
– Pinsation (Windows Phone 8)
– Reminder (Windows Phone 8)
– Space Weather (Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8)
– tweetgods (Windows 8)
– West Ham News (Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8)
– World Domination (Windows Phone 7)
– WPCentral (Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8)

Unification is pending certification itself for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 7 also at the moment.
There has also been word from Liquid Daffodil that they will support the new Instagram-like app, Photoplay for Windows Phone.
Other bit of news that they will incorporate a SNOOZE feature to temporarily prohibit Toast notifications from coming to you if you so desire. And this feature is coming for ALL of there apps next week with the load of updates coming for Liquid Daffodil’s app family.

Might also want to point out to everyone that ALL of their Windows Phone apps are available for FREE for a limited time:
http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/search?q=liquid+daffodil

And their Windows 8 apps are looking to be absolutely FREE soon as well for a total of 24 hours as soon as they show up for no charge in the Windows Store. So keep a look out on what’s about to happen because it’s gonna be HUGE!

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Is there “something coming” from Microsoft for Windows Phone? https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/02/05/is-there-something-coming-from-microsoft-for-windows-phone/ https://www.onetechstop.net/2013/02/05/is-there-something-coming-from-microsoft-for-windows-phone/#respond Wed, 06 Feb 2013 00:59:43 +0000 http://nokiainnovation.com/?p=7388

Earlier there was a picture circulating on Twitter about a type of infographic displaying hints at upcoming features possibly for Windows Phone 8. This news is speculated to come to us at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, but after many were buying it right up as a sort of “leak” by a Nokia […]

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Earlier there was a picture circulating on Twitter about a type of infographic displaying hints at upcoming features possibly for Windows Phone 8. This news is speculated to come to us at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, but after many were buying it right up as a sort of “leak” by a Nokia employee, there was further info posted at WPcentral.com expressing that this wasn’t a leak or meant to be one and it wasn’t let out of the bag by a Nokia employee but instead a student involved in a Windows Phone program. Below is what the mysterious poster shared on DeviantArt along with the picture:

“Quite a trip at Redmond. There is something I am not allowed to talk but allowed to tease. It is not confirmed in case you make a guess (either right or wrong , I won’t answer ). That is what tease meant to be”

 

Now as this could be a side tracking of actual leaked info, this is what Daniel Rubino posted in an update on their article earlier:

[Update 6 PM ET: The source of the article wishes to have his info removed and denies that this was a tease for a notification center. In fact, he’s not an employee of Nokia but rather a student involved in a Windows Phone program, making this info dubious at best.In fact, we’re hearing the opposite now, that there won’t be a notification center announced at MWC. Due to this new info we are not standing by the story. Sorry, folks.]

 

Things to notice in the picture are the “left-pointing” arrow hinting at a Notification center especially with the info that is cut off on the right of the graphic. First thing I noticed was the color of the background possibly hinting at new color choices for the background theme and not only for tiles.

This sits as a rumor for now but we’ll see soon enough what is announced by MSFT at the MWC 2013 in Barcelona.

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