- CrackBerry User
- 43 Posts
Will the gray icon box have a purpose?
What do you think? Will the grey boxes around the icons have a special purpose?
What are the possibilities?
How about having the gray area glow to indicate an app update available to start...There are two types of phones in this world... a Blackberry and a Dingleberry
- CrackBerry Master
12-31-12, 10:14 PM #2
- 1,214 Posts
At this stage I would think that the final hardware and probably the software would not be going under any more real changes. It should be pretty close to being finalized as we are one month away from the announcement. I could be wrong on the software part of it, but I would not think it would be likely that the icons would not be changed at this stage of the game
- 12-31-12, 10:19 PM #3
- 12-31-12, 10:38 PM #4
I know some people hate the icon box. I'm not sure why RIM decided to do that on BB10 when it wasn't on the PlayBook. In any event, I don't really mind it, and it does make it look "different" from the other platforms (iOS, android, and MS). I also think people are too fixated on the app grid on BB10, when in real life, users will be spending most of their time in the Hub and on the multi-tasking screen....
- 01-01-13, 01:00 AM #7
Will the gray icon box have a purpose?
I think its just RIM trying to differentiate themselves from the pack. BlackBerry10 is different in every way compared to IOS and Android and so I think they want to project that throughout the OS.
Sent from my BlackBerry by Choice using TapatalkI waited...It launched...Im still waiting...
- 01-01-13, 02:16 AM #8
- 01-01-13, 11:39 PM #10
I think the purpose of the "gray icon box" is so that when app developers inevitably ignore the UI guidelines and create icons that are all different sizes and alignments, it won't look like total misaligned garbage like it does on the PlayBook.
- 01-02-13, 01:54 AM #12
ive said this in another thread, but i only see one reason for this... and if it isnt the case then it is a bad design choice.
i think it will work if the box changes colour if you have an activity in it. yes we will get the red marker for a message or something... but maybe you can change the colour based on certain things. Maybe if you get message from a certain person it goes red... or a message marked 'urgent' ... or something like that.
maybe the colour will be 'cool' if the message is new and get 'warmer' in colour as the message gets older... making it easier to see which messages need to be looked at. Im not really sure, but i dont see ANY reason for such a horrible design element unless there is a practical use for it.
the 'it makes the icons stand out' argument is pretty dumb and fanboyish... what if i want an all grey background... there goes that argument.
- 01-02-13, 10:30 AM #13
If they end up keeping those grey boxes, which I doubt, and because BB10 will have themes, a developer somewhere will create an almost replica of the original factory theme, but without the grey boxes.Josh - Curve 9320 & PlayBook 64GB - BlackBerry Enthusiast - CrackBerry Addict - PlayBook Sideloader
- 01-02-13, 10:44 AM #14Passport (10.3.1.2480) | iPhone 6 (8.1.3) | Lumia 1020 (WP8.1, Lumia Cyan) | Surface Pro 3 (256GB i5)
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-02-13, 11:16 PM #15
- 359 Posts
The boxes (or 'force-field' as I saw someone call them) seem to split opinion. Some see no problem with them whilst others think they are the worst thing ever. I'm not too fond of them personally but can see the reasoning for having them (as much as I disagree with the logic). I think they're meant to give a consistency to the UI as a set of 2x2 app icons exactly match the dimensions of 1 active frame. It was more evident with the older icons that were larger and more angular - especially with the page overlap effect that is present when navigating the app grid. Also, as it has been previously mentioned they're said to improve the legibility of the app names/text (especially if you have a vibrant wallpaper).
However, the ultimate necessity of such a 'force-field' is debatable in my opinion - and on that basis I think RIM should have an option allowing the user to disable them (or at least adjust how dark they are). Choice is good and I for one would certainly take advantage of such an option, if it were present.
- CrackBerry Genius
01-03-13, 04:49 AM #16
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