10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10: Peek and Flow

In our '10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10' series we'll explore one feature of BlackBerry 10 each week leading up to the launch event on January 30th. This week: Peek and Flow
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By Adam Zeis on 31 Dec 2012 01:22 pm EST

Just one day until January, then we're well on our way to the big BlackBerry 10 unveiling at the end of the month. We have only a few more of our favorite features to highlight here, then you'll be able to say for sure what your favorites are when you get your hands on a BlackBerry 10 device. This week we're checking out the great multitasking on BlackBerry 10 - the Peek and Flow. With BlackBerry 10, gone is the "in and out" multitasking experience you've seen in the past. Here now is the awesome "always open, always on" flow experience of BlackBerry 10.

Peek and Flow on BlackBerry 10

Multitasking on a smartphone has always been an in-and-out experience. Open one app, close it, open the next app ... even on BlackBerry 7, you have to exit an app (or use the app switcher) to get to another app. If you're in Twitter for example and receive an email, you have to exit Twitter, find the Messages app, open it, then read your email. On BlackBerry 10, we shift to an "always open, always on" mentality -- the Peek and Flow experience.

After you learn the few simple navigation gestures of BlackBerry 10 you'll be flying between apps in no time at all. In this same scenario, if you get an email, you can simply use the BlackBerry Hub gesture by swiping up and over from the bottom bezel and instantly see not only your notifications but your inbox as well (the Hub). So rather than having to go through multiple steps to get to that email, you can first see if it's important by "Peeking" at it, then "Flow" right into it from any app you may be in.

Split the Hub gesture into two parts - the up and over. Swiping up, you see your notifications. Continue the gesture and pull to the right and you peek at your inbox. Peek refers to the quick glance you give to your inbox notifications. The gesture is always the same no matter where you are in the OS - browser, Facebook, Twitter or any third party app. Simply pull up from the bottom and your app will scale showing you all of your notifications and system status. Swipe right to go to the Hub or just back down and you're back in the app. 

Flow is present in all apps - not just the home screen. You'll be able to use gestures to flow through panes in an app as well for options, sharing and the like. Something like referencing a PDF when composing an email - just swipe as you need to look at the document, then drop right back to the compose screen and keep typing. Always in. 

The Peek and Flow of BlackBerry 10 will be there for you every minute of every day but you may not even realize it. Soon after getting to know your BlackBerry 10 device you'll dive into moving around and wonder how you ever lived without such amazing multitasking. Just as the BlackBerry Hubkeyboard and BBM will be there waiting for you, so will Peek and Flow. 

The look of things has changed a bit since this video, but it gives the best explanation of the Peek and Flow multitasking experience on BlackBerry 10

The true test for Peek and Flow will not come by trying, rather you'll just experience it on a daily basis as you use the device. Just as you had to first learn how to use your current BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10 will offer new gestures and controls that once mastered will leave you with an amazing multitasking experience that will save you both tiem and effort. That's why Peek and Flow are one of the 10 features we're most looking forward to in BlackBerry 10.

Check out our entire list of features in our 10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10 series

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10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10: Peek and Flow


Have we seen peek and flow on the N series yet ? I am happy for all those touch screen lovers but what I love my BB kb how does BB10 work for me?

I'm currently with Verizon and feel the same way. My 2 years was up in December so I can switch if needed.

This is one of the features I'm most looking forward to. Swiping up from the bottom will be so much easier than pulling down from the top of a 4.7" screen.

I'd love to see peek and flow on the keyboard phone as well. Can't wait for a video of it in action. Happy New Year to all of CrackBerry's users!

i think these two implementations is what going to set bb from others--just a much more efficient matter. iOs and JB still are on that standard approach no matter how they skin up by using tinting or 3 way taps..this will be the new standard set by bb that will win.

i hope bb are patented all of their designs and bb balance, and keyboard so no one else can have it..just be a beast about protecting their own work..

you are absolutely right. peek and flow at bb10 is somehow, similar to other. But much-much more efficient than other, that makes me forget that I use iPhone or android phone instead of blackberry 10 handset.

I always try to swype and peek at iPhone and android phone. Forget that I shall push home or back button, hehehe. That's true and that's real.

Yea .... this is going to rock. I hate closing apps, opening, closing, opening ..... it's too much work, a waste of time, and drains my battery.
This is awesome !

I can't wait for BB10! The toughest decision is whether to go touch screen or keyboard. As much as I love, my keyboard, I think that in order to get the true OS experience, the full touch screen will be needed. I would love to see the Z10 blow the iphone out of the water. On another note, I was in the apple store buying gift certificates for my nephews, as much as it pained me, and found myself setting all the web browsers on the mac books to either crackerry.com or the BB10 website....was that wrong of me??? ;) lol

Make new friends. I see this same compliant from ppl who say their bbm list is down to 10 people... Easy solution: make new friends. There plenty of apps for meeting new ppl for bbm

I hope we can add and remove the items we don't want in the Hub! Idon't want it cluttered. So excited for the experience!!

OMG, I'm so excited. I've been holding out on getting an IPhone after being reminded how Blackberry will become obselete. I can't wait for the new Blackberry.

game changing, as they say.

just one thing. i haven't seen anything that talks about its memory with regards to the peek and flow... wouldn't that make the apps stack up in the memory? or like other OS, they'd put it in a state where it consumes almost no memory at all?... just caught my attention since it says that you don't need to close the apps.

I hope that peek and flow will be present in all the bb10 devices. this can be something like the revenge of the fallen.

wish you the best RIM.

and yeah. do register your precious ideas. its not being selfish, just do the right thing.

I believe I saw a video of RIM employees discussing this (memory of having multiple apps open, using the peek/flow etc...) and they said that 8 open apps is what they believe will give users the best performance. Anything more, performance may suffer, so 8 is the max number of 'minimized' apps that you can see. I believe you can have more then 8 apps open (not sure why), but only 8 can be viewed in their minimized state to optimize performance. QNX (which is the backbone of BB10) is not a resource hog, and handles things as efficiently as possible, which is why the BB10 phone does not required quad core or a ton of memory, because the OS can handle things very nicely. Even if it doesn' thave the top of the line specs, the phone will be smooth and function as if it had a quad core with a ton of memory. It just simply doesn't need it!