New tipster offers Windows Phone 8.1 Blue screenshots, info

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By the look of things, we’re only a few weeks away from the arrival of the first smartphones running Windows Phone 8 GDR3, bringing those features like 1080p and quad-core SoC support that we’ve been expecting for a while now. Even further out, we’ve been anticipating the launch of Windows Phone 8.1, which has popped up in rumors from time to time as Microsoft’s codename Blue. Today we get to see some new images purportedly depicting this software, and hear a little about its functionality.tryp-wp81

All this info comes from a new source, creating a Twitter account on Saturday but really taking off with leaks as of today. As a new source, we can’t yet say how accurate any of this info may be, but there’s enough of it here to make us optimistic that it might be trusted – time will tell.

A vertical triptych (click to the right for full-sized) seems to suggest we’ll be seeing notifications up top, access to things like settings and sharing options from the side, and possibly even that Cortana voice assistant appear from the bottom of the screen. There’s also talk about shortcuts, like a long press on the Windows button to bring up Cortana, a double-tap to check notifications, or a double-tap on the back button to kill an app.

Beyond that, we also get a quick look an updated settings for the Kid’s Corner and a shot seeming to reveal these leaks as coming from the Chinese version of the Lumia 820.

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Source: Xeŕo (Twitter) 1,2,3,4
Via: My Nokia Blog

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!