View Poll Results: Will BlackBerry 10.3 bring a revamped OS with flat design?

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  • Yes, and I can't wait!!!!

    52 54.74%
  • Yes, but not looking forward to it.

    5 5.26%
  • No, BB10.3 will gear towards enterprise and business stylings.

    23 24.21%
  • No, but I would welcome the refresh!

    15 15.79%
03-25-14 01:31 PM
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  1. mphillips828's Avatar
    So I have heard this before that with 10.3 the OS will be revamped and changed quite a bit. What that is I and most of us do not know yet.

    This article is great and video does show where the future may be heading for BB10.3

    I have read an article before that talks about the future of mobile OS and most OS that we interact with will be going minimalistic and flat designs. BlackBerry is behind in this matter, and this article shows that BB may be moving towards a more flat design for 10.3.

    If you use the newest Foursquare app as a basis it lets you see where developers on BB10 are heading towards. The BlackBerry Express app is similar and Mockit in Beta is much flatter as well (and is beautiful IMO).

    So check out the video here and article. I for one really hope that BB10.3 brings sweeping changes across the OS designs and appearance! I love the OS but would love to see a much more updated look and feel!

    BlackBerry 10.3 Bringing Flatter Design Methodology Across UI? |

    This article talks about the future of Flat OS.

    If Your OS Isn't Flat Yet, It's in for a Radical Redesign | Wired Design | Wired.com

    What do you all think? Will BB10.3 change drastically? Will it bring about a flat design code? Please leave comments and vote in the poll
    03-12-14 04:25 PM
  2. SmileDahling's Avatar
    I can dig it. I like the new foursquare update. It's slightly flatter without being comical or garish like iOS 7.

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    03-12-14 04:36 PM
  3. Coffee Shampoo's Avatar
    Hopefully this will happen.

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    03-12-14 04:45 PM
  4. 1guitarguy's Avatar
    Ya really looking forward to 10.3

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    03-12-14 05:11 PM
  5. DaedalusIcarusHelios's Avatar
    I don't like the flat design trend. Flatter is fine, but it seems like going from one extreme to counteract the other is stupid. I hope BB doesn't become a rainbow flat-colored OS, nor an ugly stark white, and I hope they still utilize some soft shadows and subtle gradients where it makes sense. I really hope they give the UI some nice fluid animations. Give the graphics more of a vector appearance if they aren't actual vectors.
    03-12-14 05:17 PM
  6. James Nieves's Avatar
    Just to voice in this conversation the UI is "flatter" not totally flat. Just more unified and flat (not like iOS7 which takes it overboard) I expect a nice mix. A lot of BB10 is already flat in design

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    03-12-14 06:56 PM
  7. lengend's Avatar
    Just to voice in this conversation the UI is "flatter" not totally flat. Just more unified and flat (not like iOS7 which takes it overboard) I expect a nice mix. A lot of BB10 is already flat in design

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    Yep. Tilt is a great example as well.

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    03-12-14 07:12 PM
  8. Rello's Avatar
    I say bring it on. A little visual flair never hurts and people have been asking for more TAT influence for awhile now because as of right now, the swiping is what keeps the OS fresh for me currently so i really look forward to the UI changes.

    Also look forward to how they will improve multitasking...if they could find a way to allow us to switch between apps without swiping up that would be wonderful...and hopefully the rumor about BB thinking about letting two apps run on screen at the same time eventually comes true. Exciting times ahead
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    03-12-14 07:36 PM
  9. mphillips828's Avatar
    One thing I was just working on here was a design for the new OS. Would enhance the home screen and take away active frames as we know it, and turn them into interactive frames...

    I do not know what programs to use to create a mockup of my idea so i was drawing it out and thinking about it, but basically take the similarity of the MockIt app in the beta zone.

    The fact that is has 3 bars horizontal. Each having a different function. These could be the new "Interactive" Frames for 10.3.

    Instead of the app name on the side like in mock it, it would be at the bottom of the bar, maybe separated like it is now in the current active frames (separated for a reason as I will explain). The home screen will show 3 on a screen at a time with the 4th slightly showing through the bottom (very faint look to the 4th). This 4th one will be BEHIND the current navigation pane for quick jumping between app pages, and hub and home screen.

    Now the frames will be larger than what we have now, so more information can be displayed. I picture more cycling between information on apps, and not as static of an experience. Lets say for example you have your Music app open. The app will display the album cover in the frame, again faintly in the background with the song title upfront, artist...and possibly other pieces of information. Now to become interactive, users will simply press and hold...picture the gestures from the photo app (you take a photo, drag the thumbnail of the photo up and into a share/delete function and done!) so this will be similar, you will press and hold and very quickly options will pop up...Music options could include, Play/Pause, Next/Back, Shuffle, Repeat. They will function the same as the photo example I mentioned. You press and hold and move up to next, and the song will switch.

    Same features go for all applications...pictures can allow you to change the cycle time so it will be a slideshow of pictures and you control if pictures change every minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, never, etc.

    I could go on and on with each apps functions but I won't.

    Now the app when you swipe up won't instantly change to the next page like it currently does...i find thats not as interactive. So it will move with your finger, you move it slightly and it will only move a bit as well...

    Now for closing the frames, lets take out the "X" as that is not modern design! So we will take that out and make it a swipe to the left. This will throw it off the screen and poof gone! and an undo button will pop up briefly...if you touch anywhere else the undo button will immediately go away so as to not interfere with the user. (after 2 uses the user will know how this works!) and then on an app, a swipe to the right will pin the app to the spot it is current in!

    You can rearrange these apps by when you press and hold the app "Title", for example...MUSIC...and dragging it around to where you want it...think of BlackBerry Express how you can drag around the tiles.

    Now the final awesome feature is pinch to enlarge!

    Lets stick with music app...we are using it and we want more functionality, basically a full app...now what you can do is to resize the app is just Pinch to Zoom (fingers together and then separate). This will basically just blow up the app you do this gesture on...it will show you where it will resize too...if you move slightly it will show a shaded outline that it will double in size (same size as 2 active frames - basically being 2/3 of screen)...if you go all the way, it will open the frame within the entire home screen.

    The beauty of this is that you can still scroll the home screen because all this is is an enlarged frame!

    Another thing I would like to say is that for messaging, lets say you have BBM open and you receive a message. The message you receive will show up on the frame, and due to the size and it being the width of the screen, it will show the entire message, unless it is extremely long! Now you can press and hold like before and these messaging apps will give you the option to reply from frame! Just press hold, move to reply...then just start replying and send!

    To give a design cue for the pop up when you press and hold...I will use Pinterest app as an example...when you press and hold a pin you like, it will pop up with options to interact with the pin, that is how these options would pop up in the active frames.

    Anyways this is an idea I had and would be flat and minimalistic yet still can follow many many BB10 design cues.


    **** for people who read that swiping left/right will have functions...lets clarify that either the bezels will differentiate what that swipe does...so from the left bezel swiping right will take you to the HUB as it currently does, and right bezel to the left will take you to the app tray...now those have to be from the bezel! Anything you do within the interactive frame will be specifically designed only for the frame! So thats when the swipe left on the frame will close it, and a swipe right will pin it...just wanted to clarify!
    Last edited by mphillips828; 03-12-14 at 09:07 PM.
    03-12-14 08:18 PM
  10. dannycabrera's Avatar
    I would love if this happened.

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    03-12-14 08:52 PM
  11. tahabashir1991's Avatar
    BlackBerry 10.3 is in testing stage and I can assure you that it is already flat UI.. and they are constantly changing it

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    03-12-14 09:07 PM
  12. Anthony Roberts5's Avatar
    And how do you know this???

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    03-12-14 09:21 PM
  13. DaedalusIcarusHelios's Avatar
    I would love to see some screenshots or video, even if it is a work-in-progress. I'm just really curious.
    03-12-14 09:28 PM
  14. James Nieves's Avatar
    Will leak sooner or later

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    03-12-14 09:43 PM
  15. xBURK's Avatar
    I just learned a lot from many of you. Great thread OP. Thank You.

    Does anyone know when 10.3 will be launched?

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    03-12-14 10:04 PM
  16. Jerale Hoard's Avatar
    How about BlackBerry and these damn carriers focus on releasing 10.2.1 first before talking about 10.3. And for anyone who says download the leak forget you. Some of us don't even want to go there. All this talk about 10.2.1 and 10.3 really sucks ***. Why tease people about something that should have been released last month? Plus what's up with BlackBerry anyways trying to be like iOS7? Are they really going to copy them? Hopefully not. I rather BlackBerry do something different from what iOS offers.

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    03-12-14 10:58 PM
  17. Anthony Roberts5's Avatar
    Do you see blackberry talking about 10.3.....??. this is all speculation from us the user.......i agree with you in terms of why some people are still on 10.1 but this thread is not the place.... go to blackberry.icanmakeitbetter.com and voice your opinion.

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    03-13-14 06:25 AM
  18. spikesolie's Avatar
    How about BlackBerry and these damn carriers focus on releasing 10.2.1 first before talking about 10.3. And for anyone who says download the leak forget you. Some of us don't even want to go there. All this talk about 10.2.1 and 10.3 really sucks ***. Why tease people about something that should have been released last month? Plus what's up with BlackBerry anyways trying to be like iOS7? Are they really going to copy them? Hopefully not. I rather BlackBerry do something different from what iOS offers.

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    This is the problem with people. BlackBerry didn't say anything and frankly a flat design isn't a ios thing.. you sound totally uninformed my friend.

    Leaks I know are "scary" but unless you have a reason not to (wifi calling) idk what your problem is. It's not hard to do and seeing as American carriers are the only ones behind schedule BlackBerry has no say in it so if you are that desperate for 10.2.1 grab your computer and leak another official os.

    Oh btw for those that have 10.2.1... 10.3 teasing is perfectly okay

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    03-13-14 07:20 AM
  19. RubberChicken76's Avatar
    I hope they don't copy iOS 7.
    Same here. I really find iOS 7 to be ugly. To each his or her own, but I actually prefer Windows Phone style wise to iOS 7.
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    03-13-14 07:23 AM
  20. THBW's Avatar
    I was booting around the electronic section at Target the other day, looking at phones and came across the iPhone 5s. I was shocked at the shear ugliness of the UI. If this is a flat design concept, then BlackBerry should run away from it as fast as they can. Further, the pastel colors are nauseating.

    I like the overall design of BB10. There are a number of little things. Setting screen could use some polish. I like the notifications on the main screen but their layout is a bit blah. It would be nice to add a few interactive features to the main screen in a cosmetically appealing way. Don't do an android, put some careful thought into it.

    And that brings me to my last point. I like the minimalistic design of bb10. We shouldn't feel a need to clutter it up like android. Careful thoughtful design features will carry the day.

    I would also like a real advance in smartphone functionality. That it what will attract new fans.

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    03-13-14 07:59 AM
  21. noelwoodward's Avatar
    Could the new bbm website point to the flatter ui in 10.3? It might be a website redesign , but it still is flatter than the old blue and black design! And look closely at the channels logo, it's kinda different from the one we are used to! http://www.bbm.com/bbm/en.html

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    03-13-14 08:05 AM
  22. kylef5993's Avatar
    I can dig it. I like the new foursquare update. It's slightly flatter without being comical or garish like iOS 7.

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    Definitely. IOS7 was a complete failure. The colors, the design, everything about it is just ugly. Android doesn't look very flat at all though. Some of the Google made apps do but the UI in general isn't.

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    03-13-14 08:37 AM
  23. mphillips828's Avatar
    Just want to throw this out there. Flat UI design doesn't meant copy ios7...there are many ways a flat OS can look and be a lot different than ios.

    Also flat OS doesn't mean it's going to have super bright annoying colours like ios 7!

    Please people, do not get caught in the thought that ios7 is the only flat UI out there and that is the baseline of what a flat UI has to look like!

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    03-13-14 09:12 AM
  24. Djlatino's Avatar
    iOS7 copied the Metro UI from Windows 8 along with the minimalist movement that has existed for the past 5 years.

    If anything, BlackBerry wouldn't be copying anyone rather just keeping up with the identity of Web 3.0 and 2012 graphics
    03-13-14 09:30 AM
  25. Rello's Avatar
    This is the problem with people. BlackBerry didn't say anything and frankly a flat design isn't a ios thing.. you sound totally uninformed my friend.

    Leaks I know are "scary" but unless you have a reason not to (wifi calling) idk what your problem is. It's not hard to do and seeing as American carriers are the only ones behind schedule BlackBerry has no say in it so if you are that desperate for 10.2.1 grab your computer and leak another official os.

    Oh btw for those that have 10.2.1... 10.3 teasing is perfectly okay

    Posted via CB10
    Agree....

    I don't understand why people won't just install leaks. I understand why most normal consumers wouldn't, but for people on crackberry...its nearly a dead simple procedure. download, plug your phone up, done lol


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    03-13-14 10:00 AM
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