Five tweaks that BlackBerry should make to the BB10 Hub

By on February 11, 2013
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With the new Z10 in our hands, it’s time to think how to make it better.

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The more I play with the recently released BlackBerry Z10, the more I like how it works. When I’m not using the Z10, I have found myself unintentionally swiping up whatever device is in my hand. As I mentioned in my review, I think RIM BlackBerry has laid out a great foundation with BB10. However, as their CEO Thorsten Heins mentioned, this is just the start for them and there is still lots of work that needs to be done. I completely agree with that and thought I’d highlight five changes that I’d love to see implemented on the messaging Hub in a future update.

1) Shrink messages to fit screen

On the iPhone and very recently on Android device, you have the option of opening an email in a zoomed out view so the entire message fits the screen. With BB10, the default view is expanded and you can pinch the email to fit in its entirety on the screen. I would very much like an option that lets me set that as the default view as I can always double-tap to zoom into an area.

2) Move between emails and chose what to do

Right now you cannot move between emails. If you’re looking at an email, you HAVE to go back to the list and open the next emails. From what I have heard, this will be implemented in an upgrade to the software so lets keep our fingers crossed.

3) Allow customization of soft buttons

When you open an email, the soft buttons across the bottom show Reply, Reply All and Forward. Instead, I would love to see just ONE button that you could set as the default action (holding it would bring the other options.) The extra two buttons could then be used for a “delete” button and a prev/next button split diagonally to move between open emails. That would solve #2 as well.

4) Swiping actions on the list

The latest update to GMail on Android allows you to delete or archive your emails by simply swiping horizontally on that email from your list. This makes dumping emails quickly very fast and easy. Mailbox app for the iPhone uses a similar concept and takes it up a notch. Something similar would work wonderfully on BB10 which is all about swiping.

5) Power scrolling

Getting back to the top of a list might not seem like a very time consuming job but if you have a Universal Inbox with hundred of messages, it can become a bit of chore to continuously swipe up. While there are buttons on the side menu to do just that, I think using two fingers for power scrolling would make it more efficient.

So there you have it- my list of five updates that I think would be a welcome to the current BlackBerry 10 Hub. Hopefully BlackBerry is in the listening mode and we’ll some some, if not all, sooner rather than later.


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Abbas Jaffar Ali is the founder of tbreak.com and a blogger, geek and self-declared tech pundit who can't stop talking about technology. Find him on twitter as @ajaffarali

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