BlackBerry 10 interface gesture guide

BlackBerry 10 interface gesture guide
BlackBerry 10 and the first devices running on the new platform are approaching their launch in early 2013, and as that day comes we are getting to know more and more about the new operating system by RIM. So far, we’ve seen a very fluid and capable interface, a huge departure from the existing BlackBerry 7.

If we had to compared the new operating system to an exysting one, it would be Palm and later HP’s webOS. The reason for that is the deep integration of all sorts of gestures, some straight from the bezel. And hopefully, while Palm and HP obviously lacked the software polish and hardware, RIM will be able to deliver it in a finished and perfectly smooth execution.

We are particularly excited by a ton of gestures supported by the BlackBerry 10 system, that should make navigating BB10 devices a breeze. Check out the slideshow below where we walk you through all of the gestures.

source: BlackBerry Developers (pdf) via CrackBerry



1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

these actually seem really convenient! caint wait to see more of their UI and OS......if this comes together well then it will be a strong competitor in the game because they already have the spec sheet down all they need to do is capitalize on is their UI and other things like apps and app store All in all good job Rim and keep it up :) also that design looks really good as well so thats another plus for them

2. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

do people will remember all those gestures? i dont think so....RIM please make something that make us say "WOW" in bb 10 otherwise it won't succeed blackberry messenger service outages again in asia pacific, lol, it shows stupidity of RIM (RIP) i think pikapowerize will come

5. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I agree with you. I went to shop last time to have a look at their playbook and I did not know at all how to operate it. besides, keyboard on Android comes out automatically just right at the times it is needed, so why to switch to manual where I have to bring it up everytime with 2 fingers?

6. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i think blackberry users aren't accustomed to virtual keyboard,

10. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

It takes a bit of getting used to. The tablet tells you about the gestures during setup. That said, it works brilliantly. For the most part it works the same as it does on the Playbook, except it seems they've added more gestures, and the keyboard moton used to be swipe from lower left or right corner towards center. Bringing the keyboard up say in the browser will automatically allow you to type in a new address, and it has some other uses. I also like the swiping on the sides to switch apps, its pretty handy. Also it seems to be more multitasking friendly, as say if you swipe down to up or to another app sideways, say if you're playing a game, it will automatically pause. With Android, the home button is used to minimize an app and back is used to close it, but you often have to hit back several times in some apps to actually be able to close it as back is also used to go back a screen in the same app. Closing apps and switching between them is infinitely more intuitive than Android, without sacrificing powerful multitasking like ios does.

3. Jonathan41

Posts: 532; Member since: Mar 22, 2012

This looks interesting. Show me what you got Blackberry. You guys really, need to pull out all the stops on this one. Don't sacrifice on the specs.


Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

That's is the UI of the N9......damn just a copy O_o

7. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

swipe to unlock? Apple will sue!

12. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

but thats not left to right... its swipe up to unlock! its very good and i fresh looking while unlocking the devices.. its not like WPs style to unlock but different and unique!

8. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Hello there "almost" identical Swipe UI from nokia. :D

13. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

swipe UI was a genius and the most elegant UI ever! but actually the UI od BB10 isnt competely the same with N9's... it follows the flow and gestures of your hand...

9. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

guys you remember that lawsuit where the lawyer showed a blackberry device to prove things could be "different" I want to see his face when he sees that black rectangle over there

11. martinikatz

Posts: 6; Member since: May 05, 2012

Contrary to another's post, these gestures don't seem difficult to remember. Nobody's trying to remember them from just having seen them. On using them (and they aren't difficult to use), they'll become second nature, just as with any phone, keyboard, or riding a bicycle. Apart from that, they look convenient and they seem to cover most necessary functions. It looks like RIM and Blackberry are on their way to being competitive again. Way to go, RIM!

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