Ability to choose light or dark theme coming soon to a BlackBerry near you

By Adam Zeis on 30 Aug 2013 12:16 pm EDT

Our good friend Michael Clewley has taken to his BBM channel once again to bring us some great news. The ability to choose between the light and dark theme will be added to the OS in an upcoming version.

Just what that version is yet we're not quite sure and we'd assume this only applies to the Q10, though we could be wrong.

The release of the OS 10.1 MR swapped out the dark theme to light for Q10 users and while some prefer it, others were not too happy (check out our poll results here). Thankfully you'll now have the option to choose your theme for the Calendar, Contacts, BBM and SMS apps. 

So just a tibit of good news and we couldn't be more excited. Again, no word of just when we'll see it or for what devices, but it's coming. Thanks to some new images, looks like it will be available on the Z10 as well.

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Ability to choose light or dark theme coming soon to a BlackBerry near you


Michael said the update will be device agnostic. So yes the dark theme will be on Z10 too if you choose to toggle it on :)

If you have BBM channels installed, you'd be able to see that he commented that himself. So I am very positive that it's coming to the Z10 too :) the dark theme does not offer any battery saving for the Z10 but I can understand that people want it cause it looks pretty :)

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Hopefully they bake it in for all devices, as it seems app specific

Posted Via Q10 running 10.2.0.xxxx | BerryLeaks Co-founder

I guess it could be due to the fact that some people may want the dark themed calendar but want the light theme contacts. I'm not sure who does, but at least that option is there.

Thats me right here. I want light theme BBM, but dark theme everything else.

Everyone has their own preference so we should be able to choose for each app specifically!

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themers expressed the want for stuff like this back when the dev alpha A was launched. we were told to go away. oh how ironic this is now being added I guess lol

Frankly it is stupid. The "light" theme is for LCD based products, where you can minimize the power consupmtion of the backlight by using mostly white (when all pixels are illuminated, since you need to maintain the same BL power regrdless of all pixels on or off). The "dark" theme is for OLED based products, where you minimize the power consumption by not illuminating as many pixels (since the pixel itself emits light).

So, givingthe 'option' to users just enables a wy to operate the device in a less power optimized way, but the user doesn't necessarily realize that from their choice.

Then, frankly, that's the particular user's problem. They can certainly put a disclaimer notice up to notify anyone who isn't aware of the tech differences.

I for one would want a dark theme on a A Z10 if I had one. I don't think variety is ever a bad thing.

Nice. Giving users the option is always the best. Although it might not be suitable for the Z10, I hope there's an option included for that too.

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Wish they put it in global settings and made it for Zed and Cue. :P

~STV on Z10STL100-3/ TMO US

Michael said the update will be device agnostic. So yes the dark theme will be on Z10 too if you choose to toggle it on :)

[Reposted from MichaelClewley C00014277]
Not sure I need to say much else other than "we listened"

The following apps will allow this change:
- Calendar
- Contacts

So basically back to the way it was.

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And yet another reason I love BlackBerry. They listen to views. I'm so happy to hear that my Q10 will be getting sexy Black. :-)

Posted via CB10 on my Q10 running

@Blaq is a dark themed app on the Z10 and looks great. Don't see why a dark theme couldn't be done across the board on a Z10.

This is awesome news. Darker theme should aid in preserving battery life on my Z10. Plus, from a personal standpoint, it looks a bit more classy.

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The darker theme will do [i]nothing[/i] to preserve battery life on your Z10. The BlackBerry Z10 has an LCD screen, and it is the BlackBerry Q10 that has an AMOLED screen that will improve battery life.

Q10 and Canadian all the way!

Yup - darker theme will purely be an aesthetic thing on the Z10. That and it'd be good for viewing when it is dark and you don't want to blast your eyeballs. I look forward to checking it out.

The dark theme is very useful for not annoying people in a theater. I hate it just before the curtain rises when everybody has to get out their phones and turn them on (at full brightness) in order to turn sound off. The Q10 with the dark theme is far less annoying.

Michael Clewley replied to a comment in his Channel and said that it is "device agnostic" and will apply to all devices.

uh..yea...but we want the ability to change the whole phone in this way. and the B&W as well as Inverted themes as well...

Michael said the update will be device agnostic. So yes the dark theme will be on Z10 too if you choose to toggle it on :)

Even thought the dark theme serves no purpose for power saving on the Z10, it would still be nice to have for the simple reason that there are times when I don't want to look at a bright screen.

Yeah, this is why I haven't updated past 1047.

Though I guess complaining that they removed something that's never been officially released is a little petty. I just really like the squircle.

Michael said the update will be device agnostic. So yes the dark theme will be on Z10 too if you choose to toggle it on

This is great!!!

I love my Q10 it is the best smartphone in existence todat running the most advanced smoothest running OS out there today.

Having the black theme only adds to that.

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Must be in all BB10 devices and include images of this in all commercials.. as a differential point

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Will this be the same version that will bring back home screen one-button speed dialing?? *shakes head*

I hope so, I thought some people using the leaked 10.2 said it wasn't there. But hopefully the full version will. That's the one feature I miss the most from my 9900.

Love this idea. Exactly the option that should be there for those who want option to save battery life. Or think the dark theme is cool.

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Wow! Truly groundbreaking (for Blackberry anyway) Welcome to the 21st century guys!

Did you just employ some old Nokia software engineers or somethng?

SMS dark theme? How will that work since SMS is baked into the HUB? Will the entire HUB be white themed and when you go I to Text Messages it will change to dark?

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Not sure if you're trolling, but currently on the Q10 SMS is dark theme while hub is white. When you go from the hub to SMS, it changes from white to dark ...

Hope it comes to the Z10 too!

This is probably the best thing I love about the current BB, they listen to their userbase and updates are fast. Thanks!

Michael Clewley confirmed in the comments of his Channels post that it will be for all BlackBerry 10 devices. I'm so happy I get my dark theme back

Michael said the update will be device agnostic. So yes the dark theme will be on Z10 too if you choose to toggle it on :)


Love that there's a choice - I wish ALL apps could adopt a dark theme, think white on black looks brilliant!

Glad we've got a choice!

Posted via CB10 on my BlackBerry Q10

I think with the 10.2 SDK that's an option the app developer has, which theme they want to use for menus.

The dark theme would help further differentiate the BlackBerry experience.

Shame that I have to download al black wallpaper and use A-note, just to 'fake' a dark theme for my Z.

Michael said the update will be device agnostic. So yes the dark theme will be on Z10 too if you choose to toggle it on :)

This will be a great battery saving feature for the Z30, assuming it's an AMOLED screen. There'll be a lot of real estate to light up.

I wonder if the theme toggle will apply all the way across the phone or whether it can be customizable to be app specific? I'm not sure I would want to have the customization personally, but I think it would be a very cool feature to have.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10!

Thanks Mr Clewley! You've made a wish of mine come true! The choice between dark and light visuals. Good show! I remember him stating "we listened" and he's proving it! He (they, BlackBerry) listened! Good show!!!

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And, just like to add one thing: the BlackBerry Q10 is the world's finest superphone! Best mobile computing device on the planet! Such a perfect phone, I love it.

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personally, I hate having the dark them in contacts... it's just not practical and to be honest, it doesn't look professional. same thing goes for the calendar. bbm/texting/etc I have gotten used to it but I think I'd prefer the white/light theme.

J' attends la mise à jour vers le OS10.2. Possibilité de thème plusieurs couleurs pas que noir ou blanc

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Wanna trade for a not-very-gently used Z10? Kinda scratched body (also tooth-marks), chipped screen, dead pixels in a few places, and please don't look inside the phone, but it runs like a champ! =P

(that's a lie. Even if I had a Q10, I'd probably never be able to give up my Z10)

I hope this is going to be available for the Z10 ... COME ON BLACKBERRY !!! We already have a 'lighter' battery !!! HELP US OUT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wow 10.2 cannot come soon enough I'm just assuming this will be in 10.2 but holy cow it's got a ton of new features I cannot wait to have officially on my device!

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They should offer it for all devices and as an OS option. App specific is cool, but it would be nice to have that option like on the legacy os (greyscale, etc.)

Fantastic news! This could truly save Blackberry!! Should help to keep all those doubters out there quiet for a while ;)

I would like to get the dark theme on my Z10. Would it save me any battery life?

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No, not with the Z's LCD screen. Real battery saving is only realized with an AMOLED screen like the Q10's.

Cheers. :)

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at the risk of dampening enthusiasms, let us not forget we are still waiting for speed dial from the home page. We are also waiting for bridge to become more functional. And if you have been under a rock for a while you might even still be waiting for BB10 on the playbook. I'm not saying this won't come, but if they won't even say what release, it means it is quite conceivably a long way off !

Wonderful - one of the biggest disappointments was to have suddenly white calendar

Dark is cool (and better readable IMO)

What's in a spotted OS? The selection of the theme as described here? Yes, you are correct and I'm looking forward to.

Otherwise the OS MR updates and (we had two in Australia) changed the original dark calendar to white, as you can easily see in many threads which complain about this.


I hope that would give an option to have dark theme in Calendar on Q10 back, because the last change had absolutely no sense to me.

I'd live a black theme option on my Z10 even if it doesn't have an AMOLED display, so it's not that power efficient. I just like it, it's more minimalistic.

Would love to have the option for a dark theme in the Hub to make it all flow together better from a visual perspective.

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Awesome!! Much needed not only for the better visual look (personal opinion), but on the Q10, make it all dark and improve the already amazing battery life :)

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Quoting Kris Simundson on this one:

"I can say that 1581 has the theme options MC just dropped in his channel


In the beginning I found it awkward to have different themes in different applications, now I do not care anymore. Seems I have got used to it.

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Aside from my taste, I really appreciate, like other user mentioned earlier as well, that the customers have the feeling that BlackBerry listens what their customers want *code on guys*

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BlackBerry introduced something, many didn't like it, BlackBerry now offers choices.

Thank goodness BlackBerry is finally listening! :)

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I am a bit confused, news title says "coming soon", news itself says there is no actual date given. Maybe we'll have to wait for 10.3 or 10.2 MR to get this feature, which wouldn't be "soon".
On the other hand though, BB users should already be used to the fact how "soon" is a pretty stretchable word in the BB world.

Posted via the awesome Blackberry Q10

I would be over the moon, if I could get that dark theme. My Q10 would look even more groovy, my battery would last longer, and it would be easier to the eye too.

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What about the ability to choose an built-in and headless app LED notification colors?
I give a damn about those cosmetics when what we really need is to customize the basics.

I would love to have the white theme on my Q10 because at the minute it's too dark & gloomy for me :S

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I hope they expand the use of the black theme to more than a few settings apps. I want everything on my Z10 in black theme.

Posted via the CB app on my BlackBerry Z10!

This can not come soon enough. Just got my Q10, had dark themes all day then came home and hooked it up to my Mac, and was told I have an update. Did the update and lost the dark theme's(new i would) but it still hurt. Hurry up Blackberry and bring back the dark theme

Just a comment not so much on the color of the theme but the calendar in general. I find my calendar is taking way too long to load. Is anyone else having this problem?? The 9900 used to be instantaneous. What can I do?

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blackberry goes from one extreme to another
obviously if there is an option to switch to white from black then the consumer is the issue
because we have an option
so why would blackberry listen to people about their irrational complain when we were already able to fix it
we had the option to switch
now they just took the option away from us
what is wrong with them :s