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BlackBerry introduced a new type of messaging app with its latest operating system. This app is known as The Hub. I like to think of it as the Grand Central Station of all your messaging needs. Let’s take a moment to examine all the things it can do.

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Peek & Flow

No matter where you are in the phone, you can easily access The Hub with one or two swipes. There is a bit of a learning curve with this, but it’s a hump that’s easy to overcome. Let’s say you’re browsing the web and your phone just let you know you have a message. Remember that a simple swipe up will take you to your home screen. However, if you just want to Peek at the message, you can do that by swiping up, holding your position about halfway up the height of the screen, and swiping to the right a little. This will give you a Peek of The Hub. You’ll have just enough space to see the sender and the first few words of the message. From there you can decide whether you want to read the full message, or continue browsing the web (or using the app you currently have open). Try it out on your phone right now for about a minute so you can get used to the motions. This swipe up and to the right works no matter where you are in your phone. The Hub is always right at your fingertips.

If you don’t want to minimize your active app, you only have to swipe to the left a little and move your finger off the screen and you’re right back where you started. This is the Flow of BlackBerry 10; easy access to all your messages from any area within the operating system.

Multiple account support

By default, The Hub has support for SMS, Email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, PIN messages, and BlackBerry Messenger. Many third party apps, such as WhatsApp, have Hub integration, which allows you to easily access notifications from within those apps as well.

Open up your Hub right now and you’ll notice the BlackBerry logo on the bottom left with the word, “Hub,” underneath it. Press that and you’ll access a list of all the accounts you have linked to your Hub. If you only want to view the messages from a particular account, select it and The Hub will filter those messages. To return to the fully integrated list, select Hub from your accounts.

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Advanced Gestures

Now that you’ve mastered the basics of The Hub, it’s time to go a little deeper. On the bottom right of your screen from within The Hub is a button with three vertical dots. This is called the overflow menu. Press it to view a few more options. In here you will find the Settings menu. Select it to customize how you will view The Hub. Play around with the settings a little bit if you want. If that’s a bit daunting right now, don’t worry. You can always play around with them a little later.

Probably my favorite advanced Hub tip is the long press and swipe. Let’s say you’re deep in a message and get a notification. On the bottom left where The Hub button is usually located is a back arrow. Sure, you could keep pressing that until you get to your main Hub screen, but to keep the Flow going, press the back button and swipe right. When you pressed it, you saw a blue line, and when you swiped to the right, you saw that you could access a quick view of your main Hub page as well as icons of all your connected accounts. Practice with that a little until you get the hang of it.

Learning Curve

As with all new technology, there is a learning curve. When you’ve got a new device in your hand, it will take some getting used to. Be patient with your phone and I promise you that you will get over the hump and be swiping like a guru in no time.

Do you have questions about The Hub? Feel free drop a comment down below and we’ll do our best to answer them! You can also talk to me on Twitter. I love hearing from you guys!