If you are a theme addict, no doubt switching over to BlackBerry 10 wasn't easy. Being able to customize certain aspects of the display were just one of many wonderful features on legacy devices.
What if I told you there was an application that could give you a similar experience on your BlackBerry Z10? While there is no theme support for the latest OS, that doesn’t mean talented developers couldn’t find a work around for those of us going through withdrawal.
Z Theme by SCrApps aims to fill in the void by allowing users to customize the look and feel of certain aspects of their homescreen. There are no words to describe the joy I felt having that kind of control over my display again. It was a nice surprise to discover this application in BlackBerry World with the knowledge that it does not have to stay open to run. You read that correctly, once all of your changes are made and applied, it does not need to remain open as an active frame for the settings to stay.
While the features are limited as of now (the developer is planning on releasing an update), users can change the color or add a shadow or icon background to many of the items that appear in the top and bottom docks. The application provides 12 pre-installed images for your background and a few color options that are a welcome change to the standard appearance..
What is nice about this application is the layout. You have your preview pane on the left that you can scroll up and down to see and the options on the right. In this respect you can see the finished effect before hitting save or apply. There is a backup and restore option which gives the ability to save your current selections or reload the last stored theme.
To return to your original BB10 settings simply exit and reboot the application and make sure all the settings are set to none. Just remember to choose a background again or you will be stuck with a white screen. I did notice that depending on the background image chosen the slider bar color does not always show. I found that by choosing this option first and then going back to the top solves the problem. In addition, there is a slight issue on the lock screen if you modify the phone and search icons in that they do not appear correctly. Not major, but it is noticeable.
Sadly, icons are not a customizable option (though we knew this already), but I for one thoroughly enjoy this application and find it quite impressive. I spent the last few hours trying out as many possible combinations as I could on my Z10. For those looking to change things up a bit, Z Theme is $1.99 in BlackBerry World.
Theme lovers are you overjoyed at having the ability to modify your homescreen again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.