BBM for BlackBerry 10 to use darker theme to prolong battery life

BBM for BlackBerry 10 to use darker theme to prolong battery life
On Monday, we showed you a leaked slide that outed the L Series and N Series handsets for the new BlackBerry 10 OS. The L Series, expected to be first to launch in September, will forgo the traditional physical QWERTY keyboard which will be found in the BlackBerry Bold-esque N Series. Besides new handsets, BlackBerry Messenger, one of the two most beloved applications by BlackBerry users (email being the other), will also be getting a refreshed new look if another slide obtained by N4BB is legitimate.

According to the slide, BlackBerry Messenger will have a black theme using darker colors which should help extend the life of the battery because the OLED screen requires less power to display them than it does with brighter colors. We all can use longer battery life, but BlackBerry users haven't been hamstrung by the cell in their handset as much as Android users running over LTE have been. The slide from RIM indicates that switching BBM to a simple black theme can decrease battery use by 25%. Further optimization of the OLED screen that will apparently be on the new BlackBerry models, can result in a hefty 75% decrease of normal battery consumption.

If this focus on what the BlackBerry user needs for a great user experience permeates the new hardware and software, rumors of RIM's demise might have been greatly exaggerated.

source: N4BB


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9 Comments

1. Mohtastic

Posts: 19; Member since: May 24, 2011

It'll be so sad that after all this Rim wont get it right...

2. dcgore

Posts: 234; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

It will probably be a 3G device with the 4G version "coming soon" as usual.

3. TheRequiem

Posts: 245; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

No, they have already stated the delays with them in the first place were specifically due to 4G LTE chip-sets.

4. Jeromeo

Posts: 135; Member since: Jan 11, 2010

N-Series?! I had two N-Series models before Nokia nearly failed and was eventually bought out by Microsoft. That same N-Series line was quickly and permanently discontinued and lost both updates and support from Nokia... The N-Series former Flagship line from Nokia was the tell-tale marker of Nokia's imminent downfall. RIMM is now launching a N-Series line--a tell-tale marker of RIM's eventual buyout or even sadder downfall. Nokia had dozens of unique models, materials, patents, and innovations, but after 14 years at the top they were beat out by Samsung and their stock is the lowest it's been in 8 years. RIM was nothing more than a qwerty keyboard for people who thought that they were business professionals. The fact that they're still relevant boggles my mind. This N-Series marks the beginning of the end for them. If we studied history well enough we would actually learn from our past mistakes.

7. -RVM-

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Nokia was not bought by Microsoft though.

8. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

yes, because having an "n-series" spells imminent doom. No wonder you haven't got any likes yet.

5. CivicSi89

Posts: 349; Member since: Jul 23, 2011

N-Series... Nokia should sue... haha!

6. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Good news.... Bad news.....

9. Alistaire

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

It's exactly the same as the Nokia Lumia clear black display. RIM should just have the option and let the end consumer choose their screen theme. Not much of an issue to dwell on. they have bigger issues to fix.

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