A closer look at BlackBerry Peek and BlackBerry Flow with Don Lindsay

By Michelle Haag on 25 Sep 2012 09:12 pm EDT
Carrying on with the BlackBerry Jam keynote presentation videos, here is Don Lindsay, RIM's Vice President, User Experience Design. Don takes us through a bit of history behind BlackBerry Peek and Flow, explaining how they came to create these new designs for BlackBerry 10. Peek allows you to just pull aside the task you're working on (the app you're using) to see your notifications, then reverse the motion to go right back into what you're doing, hence the Flow. Showing off a few examples, Don really helps you get a feel for the new design elements and how they will help BlackBerry users be more productive and time efficient.
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A closer look at BlackBerry Peek and BlackBerry Flow with Don Lindsay


He is explaining the concept of invocation. Very cool. Your frozen in time with an old paradigm.

Nah, that's Semi-Peek, it's nothing close to the this kind of Peek.

Probably it's just 1% of the Peek of the BB10.

@Ho Ho Ho

I think he/she was referring to the peek thing when you want to look at the time you swipe from the top left to the center to see the notifications and the time etc etc.

Here's the thing. This peek demonstration is the kind of feature that you can imagine Steve Jobs explaining. It is the type of innovation that would have fit perfectly with the Apple culture and reputation just a few years ago. I think RIM has a real chance, and it maybe because they are (like Palm in its early days, for example) going back to "ground zero" which the the actual user experience. The Apple interface is frozen in time, and I think RIM may be leapfrogging them with a feature like this.

Simple question: if I'm using the browser, then the LED starts blinking to notify me of a new message... I "peek" to the messaging app, see it's nothing important, and come back to the browser: will the LED continue to blink ???
(That would be disturbing and possibly would lead to miss new messages)

I doubt it. Like today, if your LED is flashing, you can "Switch" to the Messages App, or view the Sender/Subject from the Home Screen - and it will continue to flash. Unless you open & read that message, it will continue to flash.

Don Lindsay has excellent presentation - very well explained. BB10 saving those precious seconds!

As much as I've WANTED to start swiping on my BB9900, from my use on the PlayBook (because it feels natural) - I can already FEEL the Peek gesturing will feel the same. As he explains - the natural desire to glance @ your watch to know the time & continue your activity uninterupted, is a beautiful thing.

The tough part comes, is that this UI feature is difficult to market. Someone won't know they want it .... until they use it, and see the power when compared to the IN/OUT paradigm of the Home button, or app switching. Even SEEING It demonstrated can be written off, until you FEEL it & know the time it will save.

I don't understand why this "Peek" is being hyped so much. Using the same scenario he did, I'm on my cheap Android reading a long email when I get a notification in the top left of the screen, I swipe down my notification screen(I.e. "peek") I see its a message from a friend. If I don't want to read it, I just swipe up the notification screen and I'm back to reading my long email. If I do want to read the message, I tap on it, read it, and when I'm done, I hit the back button and I'm right back to reading my long email! The same process applies to his other scenario with the browser. What am I missing?

When it's done on an Android, it's a full movement. You have to swipedown, check, then swipe up. In Peek, it's a partial swipe, just to peek and not having to "unpress your thumb" one gesture, not a full screen transition, saving seconds, which add up overall. And it's suppose to be from every screen, every app.