BlackBerry 10.3′s Quick Settings and Homescreen Changes Revealed

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BlackBerry 10.3 looks to be poised to be a pretty massive update for the OS, especially in the UI department. BlackBerry Product Manager Michael Clewley has been teasing us with what 10.3 will have, and today we got a look at a couple of changes that are coming.

As shown above, the quick settings drop down menu will be accessible from any app with a two-finger swipe down from the top bezel. This is pretty similar to what Android currently has, so it’s definitely a welcome update for the drop down settings access.

 

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Secondly, the BlackBerry 10 homescreen will have its own page/pane regardless of whether there are apps open or not. According to Clewley, this change was enacted in order to help “with consistency and not getting lost in the homescreen.” User control to disable this is on its way with 10.3 as well, so if you’re not a fan of this, it can be changed.

The BlackBerry homescreen will also have its own House-like icon to represent it better than the current 2×2 square-looking icon thing. This home icon was made to “help users get a sense of home.”

Not bad, so far, 10.3 looks really cool, and I only wish it was already on my Z10, but alas, I’m thinking it’ll be worth the wait.






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