Just how many leaked Windows Phone 8.1 screenshots have been legit?
Going back six months or more, we’ve heard and seen a lot about Windows Phone 8.1. From a notification center, to virtual on-screen buttons, and now all this talk about the Cortana voice assistant, there have been plenty things for us to look forward to. Every so often, an image has leaked purporting to reveal a little sliver or two of the WP8.1 experience, but just how much of it can we trust? According to Tom Warren, who tends to be extremely plugged-in when it comes to Microsoft’s platform, very little of what’s been leaked is the real deal, and he’s only been able to identify a single screenshot capable of being deemed genuine.
That’s it up top on the left there, originally unearthed by WMPoweruser back in December. The one on the right is a mocked-up duplicate, but regardless of its source, it shows the same content a bit more clearly.
What does this mean about the WP8.1 details that have come to light so far? Should you stop trusting everything? We wouldn’t go nearly that far. The descriptions we’ve heard of 8.1 seem to be trustworthy enough, and some of the fakes may be little more than WP fans getting a little excited about the forthcoming release and creating their own personal previews. Hopefully over the next couple months as we zero-in on a launch we’ll be able to better separate the signal from the noise and deliver some accurate early looks at the platform.