Starting with Cinnamon Toast, RIM has taken hold of a pretty neat idea for when a message comes in. When a message comes in, the user is alerted. Once the user picks up their BlackBerry and begins tilting it to view the notification, the message provides a progressively more revealing preview of the message. Once the handset reaches an angle of 45-degrees, the whole message preview is displayed. The revealing feature is continuous and reversible, so once you have seen enough, you can place your BlackBerry back on the desk or table and the progressively revealed message disappears in the same way as it appeared.
French Toast addresses the “doh!” factor of accidentally deleting a message. It is an interactive response to deleting a message that does not require you to “confirm” the delete like other interactions might require. The notification allows you to easily undo the delete if you choose to. The alert remains for a period of 3-seconds and disappears once you begin to do something else. You can also place the notification on different parts of the screen.
We have known that BlackBerry 10 was going to be very gesture centric, now we see a bit more about not just gestures of the hand, but gestures in how we hold the device, and available interactions once gestures are executed. 2013’s release of BlackBerry 10 cannot get here fast enough.