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BeAmplified for BlackBerry - A PlayBook Theme by BBThemes

BeAmplified for BlackBerry
By Michelle Haag on 5 Nov 2010 09:18 am EDT
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BBThemes let us know they have just released a new creation called BeAmplified, and I have to say, it's hot! BeAmplified takes its design from the BlackBerry PlayBook, with features such as the sliding panel in the center that allows access to 6 pre-defined apps (Messages, Calendar, BlackBerry Messenger, Browser, Music, and Pictures) and a sliding bottom dock. This dock houses the following panels and icons:

  • Social panel: Facebook (launches Facebook for BlackBerry - not included), BlackBerry Messenger and Twitter (launches Twitter for BlackBerry - not included)
  • Media panel: music, videos, pictures, camera and voicenotes
  • All panel: Icons 1-5 based on device order
  • Favorites panel: Icons 6 - 10 based on device order

BeAmplified comes in two different varieties, Pro and Lite. Pro is made with custom boxed style icons, while Lite features the more subtle BB6 icons. This theme includes a few hotkeys for launching your favorite apps, and also the ability to hide and show the center sliding panel so you can show off your wallpaper. BeAmplified is a really nice looking theme overall, with a lot of attention to detail throughout. I know many of us are eagerly (Anxiously? Impatiently?) awaiting the BlackBerry PlayBook, and with this new theme, we can at least feel like we're one step closer.

Currently BeAmplified is available for Curve 89xx, Tour 96xx, Bold 97xx, and Pearl 91xx (OS 4.6/4.7/5.0). Torch and Storm versions are also on the way, so if one of those is your device, hopefully you won't have long to wait for this theme. You can pick up either the Lite or Pro version in the CB store on sale right now for just $2.99 (regularly $4.99).

Michelle Haag Michelle Haag "@_Miche11e_ and C0001B3B5" 1194 (articles) 1683 (forum posts)

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BeAmplified for BlackBerry - A PlayBook Theme by BBThemes

17 Comments

... but no 95XX support. Would love to see it for the 95XX with no pre-defined icons. (I hate the native calendar) ;)and maybe a landscape homescreen.

hi there currently we dont make or advertise a bold 9000 version, at the moment its bold 9650 and bold 9700 only, we are looking at adding the bold 9000 in the future though

This one looks better than playberry theme developed by BBIndia. But there's something I don't get. Why wouldn't they design (copy) the real Playbook icons and use them in the theme?.

As an amateur theme builder,(and a lousy one) I was so excited when Blackberry PlayBook showed up so I took a snapshot from the video preview in order to copy PlayBook icons. Took me only three hours to design the 6 cube-shaped icons from the "All" section in Homescreen, using nothing but MS Office tools and Paint, and let me tell you I'm pretty sure they (BeAmplified and Playberry designers) can pull 'em out in less time since they are pro designers. These are my icons: http://img181.imageshack.us/img181/4301/iconsd.png

I purchased playberry theme and got dissapointed. Not buying any other PlayBook theme unless they add nearly official PlayBook icons. If I could do it, they surely can design them and make 'em a lot better!

sadly as you say we`ve only seen 6 icons, so how the rest are is anybodys guess, thats the reason we offer two different icon sets, as it allows for choice from the user

dont worry i see your point and i do kinda agree, sadly thats 8 icons and there are circa 60 icons (os dependant) so rather than guess and hope we decided to use os6 icons and a custom icon set, so as to save the `they arent playbook icons` arguement when the playbook (or more info) comes out. as soon as the playbook sdk launched i downloaded it, was very gutted no icons :(

and no playbook browser for another month :(

I hope the torch version come out soon because this app looks great, and will make it much easier to navigate all of my apps!