New Windows Phone 8.1 screenshot emerges, reveals on-screen buttons

Zac Bowden

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8.1 isn’t set to launch until sometime in 2014, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have an early look at what we can expect to see in the highly anticipated update. We’ve already seen a notification center along with other handy tweaks, and todays new screenshot confirms recent rumors regarding on-screen buttons.

WP8 buttons

On-screen buttons will be displayed at the bottom of the screen, much like on Android. They will only be used on devices with no physical buttons which makes sense. Microsoft recently removed the requirement of having hardware buttons to reduce costs of handsets. Cheaper handsets seem to be selling well, so having a device thats even cheaper than the Lumia 520 would be golden.

This new screenshot is one in a number of others throughout the last several months. We had our first glimpse of Windows Phone 8.1 when a Microsoft Employee device was sold to someone. The device has an early, prototype version of Windows Phone 8.1 pre-installed.

Microsoft isn’t planning to talk anything about Windows Phone 8.1 for a little while, we can expect to hear more about this update at the company’s annual BUILD developer conference.