Boring active frames?
Does anyone else find the active frames boring? In my personal opinion the frames need to be a smaller 2x3 grid similar to the Flipboard app interface or they need to be resizable. Having the frames the same size is different from WP8 but there needs to be some sort of flare to catch the eye of potential customers. I've heard that there will not be a way to use themes or wallpapers on BB10; If this is true RIM may alienate some who may want to put pictures of kids, family etc. as their background. Maybe the lockscreen will be the customizable part similar to Jellybean on Android then strictly business once you get to the OS. What's your opinion?
Last edited by Drew808; 12-04-12 at 06:25 PM.
- 12-04-12, 04:42 PM #2
I understand there will be no themes but wallpapers will be business as usual. The active frames can be made to update or just show a minimized version of the app. The flare to catch the eye is that its exactly like a minimized program on a computer
- 12-04-12, 05:09 PM #5
Edit: take a look here: http://crackberry.com/10-weeks-black...-active-frames
- 12-04-12, 05:10 PM #6
- 12-04-12, 06:09 PM #10
For some odd reason, I like wallpaper and a home screen that has almost nothing on it but the wallpaper. On both my 9900 and Samsung Blaze, I use a wallpaper switcher app to change it every half hour. It's a quirk, but I just like it that way. It's not anywhere near a dealbreaker requirement for me, though. If BB10 lets me do something like that, terrific; if not, no big deal. As long as I can get to what I want to do in a few quick gestures, it's all good.
- 12-04-12, 06:19 PM #11
THIS! this is exactly what I'm worried about with BB10...people lost interest (or interest is starting to dwindle) with iPhone 5 because there was no new killer feature. I feel this way about BB10 it doest do anything extremely unique that will make people want to drop their existing phone and run to a BB10 device. Its a black slate with an icon grid, the same thing we have been seeing since the original iphone in 2007. Hopefully RIM still has this unique feature hidden.
- 12-04-12, 07:29 PM #13
- CrackBerry Abuser
12-04-12, 10:33 PM #16
- 286 Posts
Active frames - from a developer perspective is kinda cool. I had fun coding for it - it's easier than coding for Windows Phone and you can provide a lot more information. Remember, each phone manufacturer is focusing on different areas.
The live tiles from MS - really not all that useful. It's really there to keep things moving and interesting - that's the impression i got from reading the docs. It was never about providing useful information.
Android widgets - their goals are to provide one peice of information and don't provide direct access into a full blown application (at least not in Froyo which is hte last one i used). This really goes against the "flow" of things. e.g. weather widget says it's going to rain. Want full weather details? open app drawer, find weather app, open app. Plus, after a while the widgets stagnate and people don't really fiddle with them when the novelty wears off.
BB10 - their focus is on communication and efficiency. A stark contrast to MS (focus on people), Apple (focus on apps), Android (trying to hit everything). The Active Frames are about efficiency. No long-press to bring up running apps - if coded correctly active frames provide useful information without needing to open the app (unlike live tiles which look pretty).
I think RIM has found a good balance between keeping their focus on efficiency, the usefulness of widgets, and the style of live tiles.
- CrackBerry User
12-04-12, 11:14 PM #17
- 73 Posts
The ability to customize my phone “change the theme” is one of the many “features” that I love about my BB. I have an Ipad and the lack of customization is ridiculous.
Here is a workaround:
1) Create 3 or 4 app folders (available in BB10) with your most important apps in it.
2) Put just those folders on the first screen past the Active Frames screen, they should automatically populate the first 4 app slots at the top of the screen.
3) Offset your picture with an editing app so you can see the entire picture below the top row of apps.
4) Set the picture as your wallpaper.
5) Fill the rest of the screens with apps and folders.
I know it isn’t the best, but if you have to see that picture everyday then do this trick on the first app screen past the Active Frames and you will have your popular apps and a clear view of your wallpaper too.
I hope you find this a little helpfull.
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