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BlackBerry 10.3 will see redesigned app icons, ‘Signature Action’ and endless folders

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BlackBerry will soon be releasing another update to its revamped BlackBerry 10 OS. ‎Michael Clewley, Director of Handheld Software Product Management at BlackBerry, has taken to his BBM channel and teased a number of new features heading to BB 10.3.

Clewley noted that one of the main changes will follow the design lines of other mobile manufacturers with a flatter design for app icons. This image shows a transition away from the dark box icons and shift towards a subtle shadow effect around each. In addition, Clewley revealed that 10.3 will have a new endless folder experience and something called “Signature Action,” which he described thusly: “Basically we’ve pulled out the most used action to the center and highlighted it. Using a “Classic BlackBerry Blue” colour (eh?) to highlight the action more.”

No indication yet on a specific release for the general public.

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Source: N4BB

  • Ra’id Ahmed Ismail

    BB10 has come a long way since its launch. This will be the 4th major revision in less than a year and a half. That type of progress is unheard of. Respect to them for listening to feedback and implementing changes in droves.

    • JB

      Agreed….they’re pushing extremely hard with BB10…..Just hints at how easy and flexible it is to build on this QNX software.

    • southerndinner

      Not hard when you’re constantly playing catch up

    • barrist

      And yet still nobody wants to buy one. Too bad.

    • JTon

      Slap yourself

    • barrist

      What? I’m saying it’s too bad that noone wants one. Otherwise, they’d be doing a bit better.

    • bigshynepo

      So impressed with the android compatibility, having access to that app ecosystem and awesome keyboard on the Q10 really gets the job done!

  • JB

    Some of the icons shown here haven’t been updated yet…..some of them like the calendar and BlackBerry World have in this photo………imho this is the flat design IOS should have done…instead of the disgusting neon fingernail polish IOS 7 became.

    All in all props to BlackBerry for what looks like a job well done.

  • JammerMan79

    I actually prefer the current icons… if they could keep the current look but get rid of the dark box around them, I’d be happy

  • iconfail

    lmfao – copying apple going with flat icons.
    BB running out of ideas – changing icons LOLOLOL

    • JB

      I don’t see any disgusting neon jizzz anywhere in this UI…..so obviously they didnt copy apples preschool look.

    • johentie

      so apple copied BB for push email? what about imessagE? copied BBM.. i can probably sit here and name why BB10 is better then any aspect of iOS except apps.. but even then.. now with the ability to load APKs directly without sideloading that is not even an argument… so go sit down with ur 7 year old stale OS that looks the same as it did when it first came out…

      what about the swipe gestures to bring up options?? oh wait… that’s right bezel actions were bb10.. although to be fair android had the pull down menu to check notifications before ios… so lets stop talking about who’s copying who..

      cause evetually what i want to see is people stop saying “this company copied that company” and our smartphones will be feature rich and suit our needs.. cause that’s what it should be.. not who copied who…

    • disqus_casXLCTFO2

      ummm apple copied BB notification control bar. and swipe control gestures in iOS 7.

  • AppleBerrySandwich

    I love BB10 – I think it’s the best mobile OS. Once you use it you realize how dated iOS and Android are with their home buttons.

    • southerndinner

      Looks like Chen hasn’t cut the spamming of fake positive reviews yet

    • Benny X

      that’s funny.. are you saying BB10 doesn’t have onscreen navigation icons?

      Oh look! it *does*! OMG! BB copied Android!

  • Ali F.

    I have been using BB z10 for 2 weeks now. It is wonderful and good bye to Android ( Nexus xperia optimus galaxy … all the gang) (never considered iPhone).

    • MikeOxlong

      Much derp right here.

    • Benny X

      you’ll get over it. then you’ll go back to Android.

      z10 has horrible battery life, and it’s sad that BB10 devices require 1 GB RAM just for the OS. That’s obscene.

  • Sean-Paul

    if people actually gave BB10 a chance and looked past the old Blackberry OS and the bad rep it gave them, people would actually see how good BB10 really is.

    it is very intuitive in regards to the flow of the OS and its easy to use. the learning curve people complain about is because of having a lack of open mind to it.

    everyone is so used to the button that a swipe up just seems so out of place.

    if people gave BB10 a week and not disregard it to quickly because it isn’t like the other OS’s out there…they would be pleasantly surprised.

    • southerndinner

      I gave BB10 a chance and it was awful.

    • MobileSerenityNow

      Okay, we get it, you hate BB10.

    • rd0t

      Not BlackBerry’s fault you were too stupid to learn how to swipe up…

    • MikeOxlong

      Dur Har! Much derp.

    • JC

      A statement without any explanation means nothing. Maybe you should explain why you didn’t like it. BB actually listens to it’s customers now unlike other companies. So what you didn’t like, you might actually be able to change….

    • MikeOxlong

      Hello blackberry employee #3272. Since you appear to be new to the world of online shilling, please let me introduce you to the realities of your new life.
      People have explained time and time again why they think blackberry sucks, down the miniscule detail here at mobilederpsinternational. They shouldn’t be required to spell it out for all of y’all each and every time should they? You tell me. I’m quite intrigued here..

    • JC

      You are so cleaver.. haha. how would the internet survive without your comments. Regardless, just saying you dislike something without context doesn’t give the comment much merit.
      I for one, don’t read every comment on every site, every day. Hearing someone opinion on something, good or bad, is not bad thing. Not everyone likes or dislikes a product or service for the same reasons. So you tell me why they should spell it out for me every time.

    • MikeOxlong

      Unnecessary derping. Just like talking to a paranoid schizophrenic, its a waste of time.

    • JC

      Clearly you have nothing intelligent to say.

    • southerndinner

      You are clearly a BB employee or stock holder. Every post from you is about BB10, whether the topic at hand involves it or not.

      You even said tablets were on the way out and BB is doing the right thing… LOL. Guess you came to terms with the Playbook being a giant turd failure but you blame the tablet market and not BB being garbage.

    • JC

      Yep, I use BB10, but do not own stock and am not an employee. I’m actually a paramedic with Ornge (yes the scandal ridden political crap) but as you can see I have nothing invested in Blackberry. I didn’t even pay for the phone. It is just a good platform and has many thing I like about it. I used to use an iphone, it got boring and maybe BB10 will get boring. I don’t know and don’t really care. It just amazes me how people trash companies and platforms including iOS and Android. So, I will continue to promote and not really care but I do love responding to lame posts that don’t have any backing or context. If you have read my past post, you have read that I give reasons and they aren’t all BB related. Then again, maybe you can’t read.

    • Striker67

      Have you read any articles lately that tablet sales were starting to flatten out. I have . Are they on their way out probably not, but come on I see no reason to gang up on the guy.

    • Benny X

      the Playbook wasn’t a complete failure. I’ll give it props in the multitasking department. No tablet or phone, including Blackberry’s own BB10 os on its smartphones has matched the Playbook’s multitasking prowess.

    • southerndinner

      Mike, this is clearly an ignorant statement.

      There aren’t 3200 BlackBerry employees anymore, LOL!

    • MikeOxlong

      The number was arbitrary and irrelevant, like bb.

    • johentie

      just like you.. oh wait.. you think everything you own is the best.. my bad..

    • johentie

      business practice and stupid decisions doesn’t count for how good a device is.. if that were the case the Apple would be the devil and we should all hate them and that goes for Google trying to control out lives…

      i’ve said it above and i’ll say it again.. tell me one aspect of iOS or android that is BETTER then BB10??

      hdmi output?
      multitasking?
      no buttons?
      any format movie, music etc?
      flow?
      any email to the hub?
      any notifcation to be hub?
      action from the hub instead of open the actual app?
      not having to open multiple instances of an app when u open form various avenues?

      if it wasn’t for BB getting notifications pushed to you wouldn’t of come ealier then it did…

      so tell me … do you love converting all your movies to mp4 H.264 to play on a apple device?
      how about connecting to itunes every friggin time u wanna transfer photos, music movies etc?
      every heard of mass storage modE?
      how bout expandable memory?

      go sit down now .. thanks for coming out

    • johentie

      business practice and stupid decisions doesn’t count for how good a device is.. if that were the case the Apple would be the devil and we should all hate them and that goes for Google trying to control out lives…

      i’ve said it above and i’ll say it again.. tell me one aspect of iOS or android that is BETTER then BB10??

      hdmi output?
      multitasking?
      no buttons?
      any format movie, music etc?
      flow?
      any email to the hub?
      any notifcation to be hub?
      action from the hub instead of open the actual app?
      not having to open multiple instances of an app when u open form various avenues?

      if it wasn’t for BB getting notifications pushed to you wouldn’t of come ealier then it did…

      so tell me … do you love converting all your movies to mp4 H.264 to play on a apple device?
      how about connecting to itunes every friggin time u wanna transfer photos, music movies etc?
      every heard of mass storage modE?
      how bout expandable memory?

      go sit down now .. thanks for coming out

    • MikeOxlong

      The answer without wasting my time with you is easy. The fact that my devices are NOT blackberry’s makes them superior. In. Every. Single. Way. Period. Go cry into your clicky keys.

    • johentie

      hahaha so i guess ur house your car your job is better then everything else anyone has too… good logic… but i guess it’s good to be full of yourself at times in life.. i’ll let you have it.. cause i kinda feel sorry for you.

    • MikeOxlong

      Give it a rest wank. Someday you too will realize you were an imbecile for being a bb cheerleader.

    • Benny X

      are you serious? *sigh* ok lets go down the list.

      I’m using an HTC Desire 601 (Android)

      HDMI.. yes.
      Multitasking… yes.
      no buttons.. that is misleading. BB10 has onscreen icons that take the place of buttons, as does Android. my phone has home and back capacitive buttons off-screen, but i can turn those off and use gestures instead. so i will answer yes for this question.
      any format of music or movies, yes. *BB10 devices cannot play every format of music or video. I know this for a fact as I used to own a Z10. you will need an Android app to play every format.
      flow?? you mean gesture control? yes, if I wanted to customize my phone like that.
      email to hub.. well, Android has the notification bar, which basically is ‘the hub’.. so yes.
      notification to hub.. yes.
      oh here’s one where BB10 may actually beat Android.. action from hub instead of opening the actual app. Well, it depends on the app. I’ll give the point to BB10 here.
      not having to open multiple instances of an app when blah blah blah.. umm.. i don’t get what you’re on about there, so I can’t give a point to either side.

      basically, BB10 does not offer enough benefits (it does not offer anything new, or does few things better) over Android. I can’t speak for iOS as I refuse to use Apple products.

      Yes, my device can use expandable memory.

      Also, my battery can be swapped. try doing that on the Blackberry Z30.

      and yes, my device has ‘mass storage mode’ LOL are u serious? that’s not a feature. it simply means you can transfer stuff to and from the SD Card.

      So, how about you sit down, and take a reality check.

      let me ask you this.. does your z10 do miracast? USB OTG? WiFi hotspot? ad-hoc connections? FM Radio?

      no, I thought not.

      I don’t even have to touch my phone to turn the screen back on. I doubt you can do that with your Z10.

    • jojo005

      Haha, it’s funny to hear you folks having a p!ssing contest. Just stick to the facts though.

    • jojo005

      Respect works both ways :) Stick to the facts without attitude and you’ll be heard more clearly.

    • Benny X

      demonstrate where BB has actually listened to its customers. if it is so in tune with what the customer wants, Blackberry would not be in fourth place in the smartphone race.

    • Benny X

      the swiping aspect is nice, sure. But that alone is not going to get people to switch, and any other aspect of the BB10 OS is too similar to the competition.

      besides, one can operate an Android device in exactly the same manner as a BB10 device, by swiping. It merely takes some customization, and customization is something BB10 owners will never be able to enjoy.

    • jojo005

      “customization is something BB10 owners will never be able to enjoy.” What does that even mean? You just insulted everyone who uses a BlackBerry. Why can’t BB10 owners enjoy customization? Why are we so special?

  • Buzz88

    I’m not sure those would be considered “flat” icons because of the slight shadow. True flat icons have no shadow… but I do like the look. I’ve had a Nexus 4 and now a Z30 (as well as a Nexus 7) and while I know android fans will jump all over me, BB10 is light years ahead as far as usability goes. Messages are super easy to access and manage, and I like to manage my data files somewhat meticulously and with the native file manager / dropbox / box / onedrive integration and the ability to create folders and move files it’s a breeze. I have a 64GB micro SD card that gives me bags of storage for my needs. Oh yeah, and the battery lasts all friggin day… you gotta love that. I have to say, the people who give this thing a bad review clearly haven’t used it for any length of time.

    • gmaninvan

      I actually like BB10 but to say it is years beyond Android is just crazy. It doesn’t have nearly the flexibility.

      That, along with lack of support from developers is why I could never use it as a daily driver. It is a vicious cycle. Need market share to get devs, need devs to get market share. Microsoft just went through it but backed up a truck full of cash to get over the hump.

    • Benny X

      only the naive and sheltered BB users would claim BB10 is years beyond Android. In reality the situation is almost the opposite, where BB10 is lagging behind Android.

    • kr_metal

      It’s catching up quick though, gotta give them that.

    • gmaninvan

      I think BB10 is a great OS and built off a really solid QNX core. However, it will end up being nothing more than the enterprise OS. At least this is the avenue they SHOULD pursue. The tight focus on security will take development dollars away from adding consumer features. On top of that, because it isn’t open source and hasn’t benefitted from an army of dev’s, it will never see the widespread flexibility and power android provides.

    • jojo005

      Yes, they have been catching up. With a brand new OS, they’ve made amazing strides in 17 months. There is more built-in stuff here than other platforms, and they are extending APIs out to devs. Some apps have started to harness these APIs and the synergy works great. Just need a wider selection of apps as the QNX platform is rock solid.

    • jojo005

      Different people wear different glasses and view things from different perspectives. I’m sure yours are different than mine, but it is naive to make blanket statements like yours. The world is not black & white, but it has many shades of greys and colors too! What gets you excited about Android may not excite someone else. That’s the reality, and everyone deserves to have their own perspective.

  • southerndinner

    Can’t polish a turd that potent as BB10 is, even with an icon redesign.

    The five people using BB10 that aren’t forced onto it by their company will sure be happy about this!

  • MikeOxlong

    Looks like the entire bb fansquad is in full effect here. All these minions in one place, all salivating over icon changes. How cute!

    • johentie

      and your here with the rest of them… now who’s derpish?? and probably have more posts then all of them combined in this one article… yah… hmmmm now who needs feel important?? oh wait… your full of yourself u need people too recognize you or you’ll cry.

  • Delphus

    “Seconary action”… where’s the “d”???????

    who the hell vetted that image?!? LMAO :-P

  • barrist

    Browser icon looks like it was made in MS Paint

  • MikeOxlong

    Hurt Durr! Typical response from a delusional fanboi derp.

  • Superion

    Really loving how fast BlackBerry is evolving their OS. BlackBerry 10 is my smartphone platform of choice for a number of reasons and I can’t wait for 10.3 to make it that much better. The fact that they are working hard on bringing legacy BBOS features that users have been asking for to BlackBerry 10 shows they are listening to their customers. I’m very happy with the pace that BlackBerry 10 is developing at and I really do think that once 10.3 drops BlackBerry needs to start marketing more to consumers again as there is no reason people should not consider BlackBerry over the competition any longer.

    • Benny X

      Blackberry is no longer targeting the ‘mainstream consumer market’. sure, they’ll go after markets where they can’t possibly lose, like Indonesia, but their time in the sun is over in markets like North America.

      If they can’t make further inroads (and profits) in the embedded markets (with QNX) and security-conscious corporate markets (with BES), then Blackberry as a company is done.

  • WaxW

    After using iPhone for the last 4 years, I found myself quite dissatisfied with the awkward method for switching between apps — I often use my phone to read a PDF and make notes. With my Blackberry Z30, this is really easy and fast. I’m now thoroughly impressed with the OS– its solid, fast, and has far fewer security holes than Android. The lack of apps for BB10 is simply a non-issue for me. Most of the apps I need are available on Blackberry World. When needed, the BB has the ability to run Android .apk apps as well. They run so well that most of the time I can hardly tell its not a native BB10 app.

    I’ve had a lot of friends ask me “What phone is that?” and after trying out the slick interface, are quite impressed. With all the digital privacy concerns that have come to light, I’m certainly not going back to iPhone nor Android.

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