Ok, RIM. Where is the latest theme builder for new devices?

By Bla1ze on 7 Jun 2010 03:43 pm EDT
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Ok, RIM. Where is the latest theme builder for new devices?

It's been quite some time since I've felt the need to rant about BlackBerry Theme Builder. Yes, it still has some issues but with the last update it turned out to be the best of what has been offered so far. Now we are once again reaching that point where I'm beginning to wonder what exactly is going on. The last time we looked at some of the issues with theme builder it was when the previous version (Plazmic) and its website went missing. At that time, we were told that Plazmic was being brought in house at Research In Motion so that it could be looked at closer and be given the proper treatment and makeover it deserved.

Shortly after that came the release of BlackBerry Theme Builder at the BlackBerry Developers Conference. In that time a lot of emphasis was placed on themes with the launch of BlackBerry App World and then the subsequent addition of themes into BlackBerry App World. After the intial hoorah, not much has been happening on the BlackBerry Theme Builder front

We now have two brand new devices on the market being the BlackBerry Bold 9650 and the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. Awesome. So what's the problem? Developers have no way to build themes for these devices as of yet based on the fact that Research In Motion has not released a compatible version of BlackBerry Theme Builder. (Yes, workarounds exist for the 9650 but still, they shouldn't be needed) It seems as though BlackBerry theme developers have been left behind once again here. One could reason and say maybe they are waiting for DevCon to release the newest version but, try telling that to the folks who are missing out on themes. 

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Ok, RIM. Where is the latest theme builder for new devices?

23 Comments

It's been a while now. Lets see an update already RIM! There are so many stupid bugs that need to be worked out. But I am wondering if RIM is waiting for OS 6 to release?

RIM doesn't care about the software on your phone! They just want you to buy the latest half-a***d redesign of the Curve/Bold.

Agree. I think they are waiting until OS 6 and the end of the release season. Get all devices up and available before they release Theme Builder. Otherwise, they'd have to release again in a few months for those devices. And we all know how RIM is about updates..

Last time I checked, you equip your developers first so that when you launch a product, you're not left showing the consumer an empty app store. I don't see how RIM could have missed that one...

Regardless if they're waiting for OS 6, it shouldn't mean not supporting devices that are already out in the market.

why wait for devcon when all it`ll be is probably a patch like the tour and 8520 patch for the last theme builder.
the simulators for these devices are out, so why the wait for us themers :(

The updated Theme Builder is currently in beta with selected developers.

It should be released shortly.

Until it's in the hands of all developers, it doesn't matter. Select developers just means we get some bPlay themes and cheesy *copyrighted* themes for the Twilight series of movies.

And even if a non-beta testing developer were to release a new theme before the official version comes out, it'll get pulled down so fast it won't matter.

Agreed!
At least it gives hope that there will indeed be an update released shortly.

Also, from what I understand, RIM doesn't allow theme submission for new devices until the tool is out of beta (so there isn't much of an advantage...).

...you aren't a vampire! haha!

If I were a developer, I'd rather wait for the new version if it meant for it to be without bugs. i.e beta testing by select developers.

What's the rush? lol

Seriously, it's RIM, does this not surprise anyone at this point? Nothing comes out on time, and by the time it does, we've been biting our pillows for so long are jaws won't allow us to smile for it. Seriously, stop reminding me that I have a superior device, but a company behind it that doesn't make use of it

i kinda dont care if they wait until OS6, partly because im switched to the HTC hero, and partly cuz i can understand RIM saving the goodies.. as soon as they release those os6 icons, im gonna make a theme for the tour (if i still have it).

RIM is releasing a bunch of phones and all if you notice in a short period of time I do see theme builder getting an update to "support" some of the devices but id say we wont get a new theme builder until after this wave of new devices is over and have we ever been disappointed? when we wait
? yes it sucks but RIM does always give us a nice toy in the end

It doesn't really matter what RIM is waiting on! The iPhone 4 drops on the 26th and RIM appears to not really care that they are quickly being left in the past. I've been a BlackBerry user for many years and I have to honestly say that if RIM hasn't released a NEW handset with OS6 by the 26th, I for one will be an ex-BlackBerry user. Don't get me wrong! I'm not saying I'll be running to Apple but there are plenty of other handsets out there that are completely superior to RIM's in every way.