Rooted BlackBerry PlayBook brings the possibility of changing icons and possibly more

Rooted PlayBook
By Jared DiPane on 25 Dec 2011 12:16 pm EST

Have you rooted your BlackBerry PlayBook with DingleBerry and then sat back and wondered why exactly you did it, and what benefit it could have? While many developers are behind the scenes cracking away and what kind of things can be done it appears as though others are looking for quicker changes, like changing up the icons and working towards the fonts and more. CrackBerry forums member Sith_Apprentice has found that the root access allows the icons on the PlayBook to be changed, but unfortunately there is no step by step instructions on how for the rest of us. 

While there may be no official tool for developers to build themes in the works for the PlayBook this just goes to show that the root access that DingleBerry brings us will be able to be put to good use for the average consumer, and that fun things can come from this. Be sure to keep an eye in the forums for updates, and let's hope that fonts and more can be changed soon as well!

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Rooted BlackBerry PlayBook brings the possibility of changing icons and possibly more


This alone maybe is not worth it, but combined with some of the other things discovered (like usb host support and android market place)... Suddenly I'm thinking.... Hhhhmmmm... Maybe it is worth it?

You know what? Someone should develop the blackberry bridge for iPad. Then the playbook could die for good.
i bought a playbook, worst purchase ever. It is rooted, running android market and still, my ipad is ubeatable.

lol, wow - i can change icons after wasting a bunch of time? this is everything i have ever wanted in a tablet, an ability to "hack" icon images

like, really? come on now boys and girls

i also want my "rooted" blackberry playbook to serve me pancakes, i'm really hoping i can also have it dispense coins... hmmm

lol, i bet when 2.0 is official, i will have spent exactly 2 percent of the amount of time it takes to "dingle" some icons - by the time i download and install it, and i will be able to do it without a bunch of forum instructions with no real structure - and no spelling errors throughout

lmao, thanks for the laughs tho, really needed that!

oh, and to the ipad guy, my playbook is WAY better than your ipad, and i bet my dad could beat up your dad, lol, if i knew him... lmao


in the time of your life, live so that in that good time, there should be no ugliness or death for yourself or for any life that your life touches, seek goodness everywhere

no troll.
i am a long time blackberry user and a huge supporter. but i am very disappointed with the playbook.

how is your playbook better than the ipad? what apps do you use on your playbook? i really want to like my playbook but i simply cannot. perhaps i am not finding the right apps. i am mostly a business user but my kids love the ipad for the games. none of the newspapers that i read on ipad are available on playbook. even Citrix receiver does not work properly on the playbook, so, honestly, i have no use of it.

please educate me.

Seriously Cracberry? No step by step instructions?
Changing the icons is easy, you just ssh in and replace the icons for the app with whatever icon you want. You don't need step by step instructions for that.

I've never been a big fan of changing themes and icons and whatnot on my Blackberry...I tried it and found it pretty much irrelevant to its usefulness. However it seems to me that this whole rooting adventure some people are having demonstrates that the Playbook has tons of unrealized potential. USB host support? Font changes? Yes please! I hope RIM is on notice that Playbook users want A LOT MORE flexibility and functionality available to them...and is willing to go to some trouble to get it.