CrackBerry Asks: Do you use the BlackBerry Hub icon?

By Adam Zeis on 18 Mar 2014 10:58 am EDT
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Last week as I gathered some homescreen shots from the Crack Team, I was surprised to see that a few actually had the BlackBerry Hub icon in use — something I never do. The icon has been around for a while now as another (perhaps easier?) way to access the BlackBerry Hub without having to swipe into it. I've gotten so used to the gesture however that I don't see the need for the icon to take up space on my screen. Others find it comes in handy, and that's okay too.

I do like that the icon is kind of a throwback to BBOS and gives you one tap access to the Hub — complete with notification Spark. For some, it may serve as a quicker, more familiar route to the inbox than the swipe gesture of BB10.

We're curious to know just how many of you use the BlackBerry Hub icon in your daily use. Hit up the poll below to let us know, then sound off in the comments!

459 comments

propeller10

Also the phone, search and camera icons are absolutely useless as well since they are built-in to the bottom bar.

liteScribble

I agree that the search and the phone is useless.. but I do use the camera at the bottom right. :)

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nappp

He is talking about the camera icon. Your statement that you use the bottom right camera makes his point that having an icon for the app elsewhere is useless

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Z10NIZED

The search icon is one of my favorite parts of BB10, I never use the browser, BlackBerry World, contacts, tasks, SuperTube, Wikipedia or maps icons to search any more, Search is very quick and saves a couple of steps

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greckx

+ 1.. mostly I use it to search phone and bbm contact, much faster and efficient

freddysrevng3

Z..... search button is, actually, pretty cool... just noticed on your advice... rather than going into contacts, or somewhere else, to find someone.... just use "search button".... good call...

mkye86

To take that even 1 more step further and making it more efficient. You can add a initials to a contacts prefix or nickname. For example JV. On my Q10 all I have to do is typ JV from the homescreen and it pulls up Jessica Valentine at the top of the search results every time.  should allow you to assign these type of shortcuts to any search item a la QuickLaunch.

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Prem WatsApp

Call it Q-Launch!

As a dual Q and Z user, I can say the Q is so much faster with the search. You just start typing, and the phone brings up just about anything, email, contacts, documents...

Never understood why the keyboard search on the Z10 is useless. You can bring up the keyboard on the homescreen by swiping up from the bottom with two fingers, so it's just like you had a Q with a keyboard in front of you, but it doesn’t do anything. Why?

That would be so awesome, and bring both phones on the same level with functionality. Buttons are so old-school ...

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Hibbylinx81

There needs to be an easier and more efficient way to bring up the virtual kb, like having a flyout kb icon that can just be pressed...shortcuts can still be useful in the browser, a functionality I dearly miss from the 99**!

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Z10NIZED

Would love some flick typing and auto complete with search though

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LuayS

If only a two finger swipe up which pulls up the keyboard allowed you to search..then we wouldn't need a search button.

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Prem WatsApp

Just posted the same above...

Good to see someone else having the same thought. Yeah, had to get why it doesn't really do much....

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

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dtuivs

I would assume that most people beyond the BlackBerry junkies wouldn't know about the two finger swipe up and so therefore the bottom icon is there. Buuut! That doesn't explain why the rest of us can't simply use the two finger swipe!?

sophace

Thanks, I never used it for internet search, that does save a few steps and works brilliantly.

mnc76

+1

I use it constantly to even quickly find apps, contacts, docs, emails, etc...

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slagman5

Search icon? What's that? Is that close to the autocorrect? I don't know what that is either... lol

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

Z10NIZED

Middle bottom while on the home screens ;)

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Jay Hooker

My search icon takes a good 15-20 seconds to return any results, what gives? It used to be super fast. I've deleted search history and cut down on the number of search criteria and it is still slow as molasses. AT&T

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Shannon Stauffer

+1! I've been using the search icon lately and I have been loving it! I use it for just about everything now!

OS 10.2.1.537 on Verizon Z10

james pisano

I am embarrassed now that I haven't been using the search Icon or feature on BB10. I fooled around with it a little and it is pretty convenient and efficient to search anything on your device or on the web.

One neat thing is if you have more than one web search engine, you can conveniently select which you want to use after typing in the search.

Via CB10 & Z10 or Q10

freddysrevng3

James...don't feel bad I had a Z10 before my Z30 and just started using search button yesterday. Doh..

I like it.

Just installed my Verizon 10.2.1 update on my Z30 which resides on ATT.

Damn it's fast....gotta go fire up the radio...

CB10 from the Z30

ianbordas

I dumped all these useless icons into a folder... never use them.

Bacon Munchers

Me too. Along with help, story maker, setup, and games.

thedustytaco

Wait how come I dont have the icon???

k8bushlover

ditto -- my folder is actually named 'Never Use'

Greg_Pow1

Mine is labeled "redundant "

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lifeinbmajor

But the redundant items are needed for the non-techie (most of the market) crowd

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Jaimin Shah

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iPhone users that haven't grasped swipes yet....

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allanabellard

Lmao mine is not used!

Posted via CB10

swtnotZ10

Lol I named the folder holding the stupid app icons "crap apps".

Posted via CB10

pbechard

Same here... folder called "Junk", and the right-most page of the phone. Rogers apps and other useless stuff goes in there too.

Danjammer

I called the folder "crapps"

Posted via CB10

mckillio

Hear, hear. They really need to bring back the feature to allow you to hide icons, especially since you can't have a folder inside of a folder. Actually, how about we get both of those.

msflyingpeacock

+1 I miss a lot of old and majorly useful features

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freddysrevng3

You NEED the Hub Icon for new users..... there is no support in the store to show new users how to use "Peek and Flow" swipe gestures on the Hub. So they walk up to a BB10 phone in a carrier store... get confused... go buy a child designed OS on iPhone..

Three buttons on the bottom are worthless and you wind up activating the camera, often, for no reason by accidentally hitting that button on the bottom.

wincyUt

Certainly new users or legacy die-hards need the Hub icon.

freddysrevng3

Correct....get rid of it later if you like.

CB10 from the Z30

rizztazz torch

All that stuff goes into a folder appropriately named 'stuff that's just there??'

.2141 what's the difference? .1925 still the bangingest til I know any different.

rttstr

The Blackberry Hub icon is not useless, since contrary to the swipe gesture it always brings you to the Hub and not to where you left off.

Puz_zled

Ahhh! Good point! Sometimes that is annoying, swipe into Hub, but then have to back, back back out of something to get where I intended to go. Option in Hub management to always open in Hub view would be nice.

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bb8900edit

I've started to use it just because of this discovery

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iamagod

100% agree. I use it daily for exactly this reason. Its so irritating peaking into the hub and being 5 layers deep into some msg.

They need to figure out a better way to manage when u drop back into root hub and when u stay in your old msg. One easy implementation would be a timer: if u arent in the hub for more than 5 or 10minutes then peeking should go to root hub.

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PackmanX

100% agree. Hub peek is great, until you peek into some conversation or pic, or you know NOT the Hub

mnc76

I need an icon to go to the HUB Accounts list. I prefer to see which of my accounts have new messages at a glance if I hear a notification beep.

I instead have to constantly remember to back out to the HUB accounts list EVERY time I'm done in HUB so it's there next time I check on a new message.

It's a real productivity drain :(

One of my biggest problems with BB10 :(

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BlackBerryRules2006

+1
I'm surprised Jo one else mentioned it in the first 2 hours. I like the hub icon for that one reason.

Next BBM update....BBM Peak

mnc76

Actually, I don't use the HUB icon myself, since it takes you to the HUB "universal inbox", and not the HUB "Accounts List" (the list of your accounts like Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, etc... and which requires an additional right-swipe to get to from the HUB Inbox).

I like seeing my account list and seeing a star ion the accounts with new messages. I prefer this over seeing a dump of all my messages mixed together.

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Prem WatsApp

Keyword is "customizable" here...

Bring it in 10.3, BBRY!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Dr.Deebs

Yes, a timer for the hub would be excellent. I do find it annoying to peek into the hub only to find it is on an old conversation. This is not easy for those coming from other platforms to understand at first too.

Posted via CB10

vagos2006

Good point. I like this. Now I have a good use for that HUB icon to rake me back to actual HUB not where I left off in the HUB. Thanks

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tonythecanuck

I tend to agree: I actually don't like having the phone, search, and camera buttons at the bottom of my Z30 screen since it's too east to accidentally hit one of them and accidentally open up the phone or the camera - it's annoying. I also have never used the HUB button.

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spikesolie

Agreed! I just put all of them in a folder called "useless " lol

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RohrohrohURboat

Totally agree, the search, camera and phone are redundant

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johnnyuk

You can add the Settings icon to the list of useless icons, but it exists because iToy users will expect it to be there. At least Android has moved on more than Apple with pull down Settings too, even if it keeps its legacy icon.

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FishTire

Wow I don't open the browser anymore. I constantly use the search icon. So convenient. And I setup extensions so I just can tap what I'm looking for and tap go.

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xhead75

I have then all in a folder called "WHY?".

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Hibbylinx81

Totally agree! I deleted the hub icon the minute it appeared in BB10, just useless for me! I've never used the phone and search icons as well...one option I'd like with the search feature is that as soon as I make my selection, it would close automatically instead of going to active frames!

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Hibbylinx81

I too find the hub, phone and search icons useless. I removed the hub icon the minute it appeared!...I'd like an option for search to automatically close as soon as I've made my selection instead of going to active frames!

Hibby_CB10; Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1925

Greg Woitzik

Deleted it.

Posted via CB10

SteelGreek

Me as well. Along with the text icon

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.2.1.2228 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

k8bushlover

Don't they just come back, though?

crackbb10

Yes, as soon as the phone reboots.

Vincent Romani

Mine never come back. Only when I reinstall the OS. I delete them and never see them again

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SteelGreek

Same- mine have never reappeared

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.2.1.2228 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers [/URL]

mandony

The original post should read: 'what native icons have you no need?'

I 'hid' a few native icons:
BB Hub, Search, Text messages, Phone, Voice Control, BB Bridge, WiFi calling, Tutorials, Help, Smart Tags, Settings, Set-Up

Jaimin Shah

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koolrosh

I don't use the icon, but I get why it's there. My fiance uses it all the time because she is still not used to swiping to the left to see her messages. She is even asking for an email Icon (just like the sms icon) which would bring you directly to your emails. I don't think it's a bad idea, if you don't use it, you can just delete it.

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bazmen

First of all I think it's useless. ;-)

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spikesolie

You mean third of all?

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drmike

As useless as your stupid first post is.

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Z10NIZED

Shut up man. It's not a big deal

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Gvo1975

No,YOU shut up!!

Incurable Q10 Syndrome

raymond

Drmike, anything you post is useless. Just tell everyone you're an iPhone user and gtfo

Stop, drop, and roll.

niss63

Twitch

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QuIcKsIlV3r

bwahahaha YOU FAIL!!! Your failed attempt at first is just that, a FAIL. Just like you, useless ;)

Z10NIZED

You too

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Gvo1975

I said shut the eff up man!!!!

Incurable Q10 Syndrome

SteelGreek

Here he is!! Haaaa

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shiszil

Dave & Buster

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raymond

Wow, you really do get to say whatever you want and then cry when people stand up to you, quick.

You are about as sorry as they come. You and drmike should reevaluate why you continue to live.

Stop, drop, and roll.

Z10NIZED

Yikes

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niss63

Twitch

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Prem WatsApp

Nice try, but it's a fail.

Just admit it like a man and move on. ;-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

AnimalPak200

Hidden away in my "extra apps" folder.

Posted via CB10

itzJustMeh

I named it "unneeded".
I have Camera, clock, Voice control, search, tutorials, setup, settings and help in there as well. All can be accessed faster :)

feldmen01

Redundant

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magsasaka

Hahaha now you mentioned it, I just remembered it was there starting from 10.2

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hl

Oh yeah, that's what that icon is! Z wiping is where it's at!

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fernbuck

Yes! When you leave the hub lookig at just email, it.

Posted via CB10

bazmen

darn...25 seconds too late :-(

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QuIcKsIlV3r

maybe you shouldn't try to say first and look like a door knob when you fail!

Z10NIZED

Shut up

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BadGoliath42

My dad is stronger than yours.

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

bazmen

Doesn't take much to get some people all riled up. Lol

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niss63

Twitch ;)

Posted via CB10

Prem WatsApp

Twerk ;-)

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

shiszil

Dave & Buster

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jamezalexander

I use it often, because the gesture into Hub doesn't take you into the root Menu it takes you back to where you were in Hub and that slows me down sometimes. If the Hub Gesture brought us to the root I wouldn't say / need the button..

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Lacker20

I don't use the hub icon, but sometimes I wish it would bring me to the root menu using the swipe rather than where I left off. It would be nice to have a setting letting you decide whether the swiping motion brings you to the root menu or where you left off?

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blackmoe

True which is why I use the icon.

jbadowski

Agree totally. Been using it more to go to Hub root, instead of swipe in and then touch to go to hub. I usually exit hub in a specific spot like mail or text.

On a side note, having extra icons and not needing is better than wanting and not having. Nice thought that BlackBerry gives options to move or delete what user prefers. Flexibility!

Posted via CB10 on my Q10

fernbuck

Nice to have an option to go back to Hub, instead of starting where you left off

Posted via CB10

sigfroid

Rarely

Posted via CB10

sauron4

Nope, I've removed it from my phone.

Posted via CB10

PatrickMJS

Nope. I've moved it to my "unused apps" folder.

Posted via CB10

lmart

Deleted it.

Posted via CB10

simu31

Nope. Never

Posted via CB10

BmacBrock

Why when you have BlackBerry flow

Posted via CB10

glamrlama

There is a hub icon? I keed. I keed. I have it hidden away somewhere with a bunch o' other icons i find useless.

3_M4N

You need to be on 10.2.1 to have the hub icon. I'm assuming you're not if you haven't noticed it.

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Halifax Guy

Did you read the post you responded to, before you responded?

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jackwaldon

No, I don't use it.

But, that doesn't mean that it isn't a good idea. For some people (ie who are just getting started with BB10) it might be a good idea.

the_igg

Hellz naw! Deleted it and never looked back

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sgt_snacks-64

It's the first thing I delete :)

Posted via CB10

bimini

Nope,
I made a folder for all the useless Icons like camera, help, settings, phone, search, voice-control, Setup and the connect du Dropbox and OneDrive apps.

DaedalusIcarusHelios

No. It's sort of like training wheels.

sklotz2000

Uh ohhhh, does this mean the guy who put his job on the line to have the Hub icon added, is now going to be looking for a new job?

dragon77

Lol that's the first icon I delete no point to it

WhateverColorBerry

I wondered what that icon was the other day. That was the first an last time I used it. Swipe works a lot better.

Posted via CB10

QuIcKsIlV3r

Much easier to swipe across, most useless icon on my phone

cbyington

Nope. Because I'm still running 10.1 on my VZW Q10. :) (sarcasm)

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migale

Since the icon appears I put it on a folder to clean the first screen!
For me it's really useless!

RedRangerReid

I find it very annoying actually. I wish we could hide icons like in BBOS instead of putting it in folders.

Posted via CB10

ldudiaz

That's one of the first app I delete when I install a leak along with the sms/text app

zclash

Looks nice I guess, but no.

Posted via CB10 using my beautiful white Z30

sahilp17

The beautiful thing about our wonderful messaging integration is that it isn't an "app" app. Having the shortcut makes it feel like it is and that's why I removed it

Posted via CB10

Dannynutdude

Omg if u use the hub icon u don't use BB10 lol

Posted via CB10

NamelessStar

would defeat the purpose of the gesture to get there.

thecityhopper

This icon, is as useless as putting a tool belt on a Q20. The OS works well with gestures. Less is more.

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franchise22

Nope. Deleted it.

Posted via CB10

sjsnjc

I think it's great.

Posted via CB10

ukmight

I use it because it resets the hub to show all accounts irrespective of where I was earlier.

Posted via CB10

russworman

Never use it, but, could be useful to converts from other operating systems I suppose

Posted via CB10

Dannyhb247

Hell No

On the fast Z30

ptlang

No

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Z10NIZED

I like seeing the red spark, so I keep it on my main page so I can feel the satisfaction everytime I get a a notification :)

Posted via CB10

yungwun555

Yeah its a useless icon for me

Posted via CB10

bbvietnamdotcom

No! Delete immediately!

Posted via CB10

shayes-7

I think it's useless just like the text message icon. It's easier to use the gesture and access my texts from the hub and even more so with 10.2.1. With the ability to read messages when my phone is locked or I'm in an app the text message icon isn't needed. I haven't used the hub icon since I upgraded and that was just to see what the icon was for

Q10 Lover

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Text message icon I find useful.

Especially if you are doing a lot of them, plus e-mails, copy and paste, in an out of apps...

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Paul Collins4

Never

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Bertwarbutton

Nope

Posted using Z30 and CB10

jayemmbee

I deleted mine

Posted via CB10

seshaadhree

Useless!!!!

Posted via CB10

kidbagel

Don't use it, but having the choice there is good. Some may not be as comfortable with hub gesture. Anything that eliminates barriers, without slowing me down is good.

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Josh_Gooner

Like Jamezalexander said, it takes you to the root of the hub instead of the last viewed that you're taken to when you swipe, so yes, it has a proper function.

I'm sure I've seen folks lamenting, on here, that multiple swipes are required getting to the hub root. Therefore, I'm a bit shocked that so many are posting that they've practically discarded the icon, seeing that it solves that issue.

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Bacon Munchers

Yes, plus iPhone migratory users will probably prefer using icons in and out of apps for a while to get used to things in bb10.

PackmanX

Exactly. They really need a "Root Hub" gesture

TheScionicMan

But are you really saving time overall, when you have to hunt the Hub icon down instead of the gesture and then back out if needed? Just trading swipes for swipes. Seems to me like it's 6 of one, half a dozen of the other...

james pisano

I hear that on the icon taking you to the HUB root view, but I've been using BB10 since Verizon began selling the Z10 (a year ago?) and I have never left the HUB with a note open.

Maybe I'm just really particular about closing the messages... I don't find a use for the icon

Via CB10 & Z10 or Q10

rajdeep.malhi

BlackBerry Hub Icon? What icon? *sarcasm*

Caly75

What's it for? Hahaha just kidding

Posted via CB10

audirocs

There's an icon? Lol

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SalMan50

Deleted it eons ago

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jwyoungy

Nope, I swipe

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yasikhi

Maybe 1 % used.
Most swipe up and right. Camera icon is a must for me.

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Boldover

No I don't use the icon.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away....

ezapper2

I don't use it as I'm one of the 10.0 users. However I do think it is very important for a new user jumping on bb10.

Having the icon brings you to the hub without having to hit the back button several times.

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satchit

Never, its useless & I dont't know where have i dumped it on my phone

ChrisHewer1

I went looking for it, but I had deleted it ages ago.

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tragik1

I don't use the hub icon, or the icon for any app that appears on the hub... don't use the phone camera or search ones.. all have been moved too a folder labeled BS ;)

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07thking

Yes, the people who are dearest to me are in that hub.

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Tumacana

This is a repeat Poll. Running out of things to poll. Not Crackberry's fault. BlackBerry has nothing really going on besides BBM news every now n then.

On my Z10

Dirk Hassert

No. What for?

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rashkov

Never!

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Anthony Roberts5

The hub icon is useless personally

Posted via CB10

pranavvk

I actually use it once in a while. But that is a very rare occurrence.

Posted via CB10

Guillaume A350

No sense to use it.

Posted via CB10

jdelvalle56

Hub icon is one of the first icons I delete when updating my phone. It's useless.

Posted via CB10

Notcho

I don't think you can delete it.

Posted via CB10 on my Zed10

Kaye_max008

I don't use it but I like the idea of going back to the root "path" thingy thingy

Z10 10.2.1.2228

felixlives

Never ever used it.

Posted via CB10

esound

Yes!

Posted via CB10

nevertoofar

No I don't have the need. Swipe up and right and got it!

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shootsscores

I use the hub icon fairly often especially when I've got a lot of different message forms coming in. As we know, if you leave the hub with, let's say, an email with an open attachment up, when you return to the hub there's the attachment open and it might take three or four flicks to get back to the hub. I moved the hub icon to the first page of icons so that I can quickly access the hub directly. It's just another welcome shortcut that I take advantage of on those heavy communication days I have from time to time.

moyah8

My thoughts exactly. At first I was rather dismissive of it and also questioned its rational. Now I have come to use it and I would not have imagined my interface without it.

20froggy14

Never thought about it but I never use the hub icon never

Posted via CB10

sonicpix

Never. In fact I created a folder called Garbage, and moved it there.

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brunoxrs

+1

Posted via CB10 on BB10 from Q10

koool1

Never used it.

Posted via CB10

Master Art Mason

Not at all. I have it hidden in a folder.

Posted via CB10

lukas411

Never have, never will

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brunoxrs

Just don't see the point in using an icon that requires you to navigate your way to the home screen.

A simple up and over swipe gets you there in one motion.

To each their own, but I find it is much less efficient to use icons to get to the HUB accounts.

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Gearheadaddy

No

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bbsc1

Always. It is great because it resets the Hub.

Posted via CB10

Notcho

It's in a file call shit I don't need, along with text, camera, search, phone and settings

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CDM76

I have a folder called "crap apps" that I never use. It has the hub icon, phone icon, search icon and a couple others. It's all crap put there for those who can't use the system properly.

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CAB64

I don't use the hub icon. I'm all for swiping!

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modbro

No hub icon here.

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jcraig

Negative, and it is really distracting seeing the splat on the Hub icon. I have it tucked away in a folder but it still puts the red icon on it.

mikeec67

I never use the hub icon, I deleted it right away. Don't need it as getting to the hub is easy from any app or screen. I do use the phone, search and camera icons on the bottom bar all the time.

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redk

Nope

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jdq10

The Hub icon is not useless. It defaults to the hub. Swiping only swipes you to the last message source which is annoying actually. Swiping into the HUB should default to the HUB, not a specific email/message source.

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shootsscores

That's what it's for: direct access to the full hub. I find it amusing that some are downright hateful to a useful shortcut that increases productivity. "First world" problem. Basically, it appears that some are lacking a little imagination when it comes to multitasking. See that with the PlayBook as well.

jdq10

I agree. It's actually more productive to hit the Hub icon from your home screen. It resets back to the Hub. Otherwise, you're just swiping to txt msg or email or facebook, etc. Not THE HUB.

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shootsscores

Yep. It's a nice little shortcut that comes in really handy on busy comm days.

hazenjonas

Yeah can't say I use the Hub icon.

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pepidick

Hey guys, never new we had a Hub Icon!! And I still don't see?? Can any body Help?!?!?! TNX

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michabetzalel

I use it because it resets the hub from just being able to view text messages.

the_game969

Yeah...who doesn't ?

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rallen562

I put all of the least used icons all on one page. I guess I should have put them together in a folder. Sounds like a good idea. Not so much clutter that way. Thanks!

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Mr.KLScott

So I guess the question is: Do you pat(tap icon) or wipe(swipe up then left). I wipe(swipe that is), Swiper would be soooo proud!!!!

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Domingo Galdos

I use it about 50% of the time. It's FASTER than swiping.

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mediadavid

Yep! Find it very useful to be honest

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Matty

Yeah that's a definite no. Just swipe to the right to get into the hub. Much easier.

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I deleted mine; counterproductive, & not necessary
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Have_a_nice_day

You need the hub icon if you mirror your screen on a monitor. Monitors don't have touchscreen, and the hub icon is the way to get into the hub. It works perfectly with a blue tooth keyboard and blue tooth mouse (both with the logo of the other fruit company). Oh and it won't work for z10, because it lacks miracast. But all in all this hub icon allows me to work with keyboard and mouse, as if my Q10 is a laptop, a very tiny one.

Now tell me, does iOS support this: no. Does Android support this: I don't know. Is it useful? Sometimes.

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Domingo Galdos

Also if you have an important long email open, it' s faster to use the icon.

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Back2Black

Tbh I think it's useless but that's my opinion!

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walnuts1024

There's an icon :p

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II ARROWS

No, removed right aways as first thing after the update.

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officially_juju

I find it pointless

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Searzy

The icon should be removed if the physical menu buttons return...

No BlackBerry user is that uncoordinated.

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DetlevCM

No. While the SMS icon provides fast filtering, the HUB as a whole is available at a swipe.

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jdq10

I think that's the misconception with swiping. If you want to get to the hub, many times you have to swipe left, tap on the bottom menu button, then tap on the hub option. Swiping left takes you to the last message section you were in.

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Bad Larry

I use it daily.

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bblasl

Didn't know there was one!

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jamiepage1000

There is an icon? Lol.

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musclevnl780

I've used a couple of times when in the back of the launcher, instead of swiping right I just click on the i-con

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GjDub

No

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Coffee Shampoo

I used to use it sometimes until I had many app pages and had to get rid of them for the sake of a faster navigation.

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sdgandhi

No never.. have hidden it.

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Whyareallthegoodnamestaken

Really don't see the point.

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chiphazard

No

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