Beta updates for BlackBerry Hub, Contacts, Tasks and Notes allow users to choose Dark Theme

Beta updates for BlackBerry Hub, Contacts, Tasks and Notes allow users to choose Dark Theme
Some of BlackBerry's apps in the Google Play Store have received beta updates. This allows those registered as beta testers to take the new features around the block before BlackBerry makes them final. This way, the company can hear feedback about how these new capabilities fared during real world usage before pushing them out to the public. The apps receiving the beta updates include Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes.

Each of the aforementioned BlackBerry apps is receiving the feature that no app apparently should be without, a Dark Theme. This allows the user to switch the UI from black text on a white background, to white text on a black background. It comes in handy at night, or inside when the lights are off; in those situations, a white background could feel like it is melting your retinas with the intensity of a million white hot suns. And some like to employ a Dark Theme during the day, just because they think it looks cool.

There are other changes in the beta versions of these updates. The complete changelists are as follows:

BlackBerry Hub

  • View messages from your most important contacts and conversations with Priority Hub.
  • Supported integration for WhatsApp Business.
  • Supported integration for Reddit chats and group messages.
  • Administrators can use an Azure application ID to authorize BlackBerry Hub for Microsoft Office 365 accounts.

BlackBerry Calendar


  • Turn on dark theme to use the Calendar app with light text on a dark background.

Contacts by BlackBerry

  • Turn on dark theme to use the Contacts app with light text on a dark background.
  • Choose which contact info you include when you share a contact with someone.

Tasks by BlackBerry


  • Turn on dark theme to use the Tasks app with light text on a dark background.

Notes by BlackBerry


  • Turn on dark theme to use the Notes app with light text on a dark background.
BlackBerry users get the company's Android apps for free. Those with non-Berry flavored Android devices need to check the Google Play Store listing for each BlackBerry app they are interested in. Some offer a free 30 day trial, and then require a 99 cents a month subscription to the BlackBerry Hub+ suite for continued use.

source: GooglePlay (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) via CrackBerry

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