The New BlackBerry 10’s User Interface

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The visual design of BlackBerry’s 10 is a thread of BlackBerry’s previous design language. The screen layout is well polished and icons are quite large and animations flow very smoothly. This operating system’s interface is based completely on taps of fingers and gestures. Its takes a little amount of time to get used to it. There are some front-end behaviors which appear to be odd, or inconvenient, or they just don’t make sense. If you are an android user the after using Black Berry 10 you will find that there are some things which you will feel that are not properly placed in the user interface.

A BlackBerry Hub is placed at the far left which is your universal inbox where you can see all your messages and notification alerts. Remember that this sort of notification area is on the top of the screen in android devices. Adding to this, on the right of the screen there is “An Active Frame” area. The active frame area is used to do multitasking and it can store the thumbnails of up to eight open applications. If you launch an application, the operating system first takes you to this Active Frame area and then will start the application. This extra step just exaggerates and complicates a normal smooth process.

When the lock screen is in play, you can only have a glimpse of your unread messages but can’t read them from here. On the other hand, if you press and hold the camera icon on lock screen, it will open up. You can also take a snap shot of your screen by pressing the two volume buttons simultaneously. This is quite interesting and unique feature in BB10.

Like all other mobile operating systems, the Black Berry 10 supports you having multiple e-mail addresses and social-networking accounts. You can also check your e-mails, updates of social-networking and some other communication alerts in your BlackBerry Hub. It also provides support for Wi-Fi, data sharing via Bluetooth, mobile hot spot, Internet tethering, DLNA sharing, airplane mode.

Its virtual keyboard has a clean layout and is quite responsive and has good auto correction feature. It can store up to three languages at a time. For capitalizing a letter, you just press and hold the symbol and the BB10 will do it for you. According to BlackBerry, the keyboard of BB10 adapts itself according to your typing style and finger placement on the virtual keyboard over time.

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Katherine Husmith

Katherine Husmith is an Internet business analyst and business builder that publishes the Business Builder Report, distributes software and ebook publications.

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