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Listen up BlackBerry - We want a dark themed BlackBerry 10 Hub!

Dark theme Hub
By James Richardson on 7 May 2014 03:51 pm EDT

A wee while back we asked you if you would want a dark theme Hub option and the results were as I expected as you can see below. With nearly 90% of voters hitting up the 'yes' option it's fair to say that it's an option that not only the majority of BlackBerry 10 users would want - but will use too. 

Since the dark theme is available with many apps, including ones from BlackBerry themselves - such as BBM, It seems a natural progression for a dark themed Hub to become reality in a future release of BlackBerry 10. I for one would love the option. Not just for it's battery saving powers, as dark uses less juice than white, but I just think the dark theme looks so good. 

Will BlackBerry give us what we want? Only time will tell. 



I voted for the Dark Side!

Posted via CB10


(a very deep voice with heavy breathing can be heard)

Luke I am your father...



I want a dark themed hub and how about a dark themed "turn off" after the 3...2....1 countdown when you hold the "off" button....

More soothing....

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile


On my Z30 the 3...2...1...screen is dark themed. I struggle to use light themed menus thanks to this though

BlackBerry Z30 STA-100-2 running :D


You know he never actually says those words?

Posted via CB10 on my sexy white Z30 rocking


He didn't say "Luke", but he did say, "I am your father". Here's how the conversation went:

Darth Vader: "Obi Wan never told you what happened to your father."
Luke: " He told me enough. He told me you killed him."
Darth Vader: "No. I am your father."

The dialogue can be found starting at 1:47 on this Youtube clip:



Good. Use your prosumer feelings, boy. Let the extended battery life flow through you.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 


Listen up CrackBerry! We want a dark themed CrackBerry App.

Posted via CB10


Yeah crackberry

 Slicing using my 


I have

Posted via CB10 with my BlackBerry Z30.


Because you're using a Z30. From what I understand it's not available on the Z10 unless you download the Android app, which is just insulting.

Posted via CB10


No brainer.

Savvas John Savva, Owner of Skill 7 Youth Football Coaching - - Z10 UK EE


We need it

Posted via CB10


Very true. It's needed to be consistent with the rest of the OS.


Actually no, cal, BBM, menu is nice. But I prefer the hub in white.. but of cause there is no reason to be nazi Apple about it and let the user choose for themselves..?

Posted via CB10


You sure? Check out the mockup of the 10.3 HUB here:

It looks pretty nice in black, not gonna lie.


Yea Please!!

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The dark side is the only way to live. Especially on a Z30! - C00012735/ Mike Garson Photography - C00471EA8

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

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Just to be consistent in appearance across the device, and these three things: apps, settings menu and hub

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The dark setting is the way to be pls give users the option BlackBerry!!

Posted via CB10 on my  Q10

freddie puthQ5

I still love my white hub it gives me a great feeling with my white phone

Prem WatsApp

My white Z10 agrees wholeheartedly, don't take it away ...

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....


It should be introduced as an option. Those who don't like it would be able to keep it white.

Posted via CB10 using my Gorgeous Z10


But a proper dark theme that launches black and stays that way. Drives me nuts when I launch BBM and it starts up with the Blue bar and white screen and then switches to dark theme.

Posted with Z30STA100-5/ - Telus



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Shawn Fitzgerald

I second that!

From my awesome z10

bad mojo92

This. ^
With BlackBerry 10 being about fluidity there is none at all when it comes to dark theme!

Posted via CB10


I'd like to see different colours not just black or white would be cool to change whatever colour you'd like depending on your mood or bored factor.

My extra extraordinary Z30


Dark theme sucks. Looks like a cheap website from 2005.

I'm OK with it being an *option* though -- just don't want that crap forced on me.


"Cheap website from 2005"

Lol. What an idiot.

Posted from my TARDIS!


Not good enough. I want it to look like Netscape in 1994. :P. *sigh*. Such sweet memories.


I agree! BlackBerry: Listen up. We want flashing text and tons of animated GIFs in the HUB!


And more cowbell

Posted via CB10


Ha ha ha!

Posted via CB10


Heck Ya we do!

Posted via CB10


I would like a Dark Theme for my CB10 app on my Z10 please make that happen first if you haven't already...

BBM: 2B1F4D96 Channel: C00121E43


BlackBerry. Give the users, your current users and supporters, what we want. :)

Posted via CB10


Yes!! Yes!! Yes!! Want it!! Will save battery on my z10.

Posted via CB10


It will not save battery on a Z10. Only Amoled screens of the Z30 and Q10 benefit from dark themes. The Z10 uses a standard "always on" fullscreen backlight LCD screen.

Posted via CB10


Not saying it won't look nice. I like the bits of dark theme I get on my Z10, and wish I could have it system-wide.

Posted via CB10


Just buy a high capacity battery. £ 11 on Amazon and lasts way longer than the original.

Posted via CB10


YES! Please give us the Dark Theme option on the Hub.


Yes, want it. What about a dark theme for the CB app for Z10?

Posted via CB10


I want Crackberry mobile dark theme too!

Posted via CB10


You gettin too much messages from Kevin :D

Posted via  Q10Bold


Dark hub pls pls pls!!!

Posted via Q5 easily


I missed this poll. I don't like black background themed apps, but I will opt for a dark UI option for the ones who prefer dark over white


James, you need to clarify that not all BlackBerry 10 devices get the battery saving benefit from dark themes. Only those with AMOLED screens will. Not the ones with regular LCD screens like the Z10.

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canadian nick

I would prefer the option, same with the cb app.

Posted via CB10


It's coming don't worry.

Posted via CB10


How about just enabling a "Global" (entire device) dark theme within BB10!

Posted via CB10


^^^ this

Sent from my Z30 (STA100-1)


Hope if they do they do it as an option, I'm in the minority with the white theme.

Posted via CB10


I don't.

Posted via Q10

Mr Gill

Glad you wrote about this, hopefully someone from BlackBerry will see it and consider it for 10.3!

Posted via my love powered Q10


dark theme hub will be so cool!!!

"Battery Monitor v2.0"... headless, graphs, alerts, csv export!!!


If it comes, please make it configurable. I love the black theme but prefer reading long texts (reader mode in browser and hub: texts/emails) on a light background.


I want to be on the dark side. Bwahaha


Dark side, far better!

Posted via CB10


It should be an option throughout

Santo Cutuli

Put phone face down on a surface, take a photo, voila! Save photo as wallpaper and You have your dark theme

Posted via CB10


Yes please! My white Q10 will look so ying-and-yangish! :) :)

And a glowing bb logo on the back cover as already wished for will make the berry just too cool! :)


That would be good! More energy efficient with amoled, plus when you' re sitting next to someone else they are less likely to read your mails...
Needs to be an option though.


Where is the '10' in BlackBerry 10?

Posted via CB10


I hope BlackBerry make this a option.

Posted via CB10


They need to!

Posted via CB10


Follow the dark side you must my padawan


Yes on the dark theme, but I'm fine with the current hub look (blue top bar, dark action bar, white content). I do not like the look of the new 10.3 hub - all white-washed. If there is a dark version of that same look, it'll be better, but I really don't want them aping the Office 2013 look since it sucks. Content and chrome need to be distinct, not the same color without separation. It makes me ill thinking about it.


Let's hope BlackBerry does give us what we want. It'd be greatly appreciate it.

Via my Z10 #Ichooseblackberry10


Give us an option for the entire os. It makes no sense to go into every App and change the theme.


I wouldn't use it but choice is always bettr.

Posted via CB10


Yessss, join the Dark Side!!

Posted via BlackBerry Z30!!!

Colin Cummins1

Is there any chance that we could see more colors for themed backgrounds? I like the dark theme, don't get me wrong. But if I had a choice of colors, that would be Syck.

Posted via CB10


It must be an option to select it, not dark compulsory!

Sent from my Z 30

Tater Tots

Can we have a poll for the squircle?

Posted via CB10


If blackberry had listened up, it would not have been the situation today.

Posted via BlackBerry Q10


I guess I was in the minority. Lol

Posted via CB10


Dark please!

Posted via CB10


A dark theme looks good and you kids talking about the dark side is fun to say and I'm sure it makes you feel cool but the real reason for a dark themed hub outside of the Hollywood factor is its practicality for night. I mount my Z10 on my windscreen while I'm driving and when I turn on the hub, it illuminates the inside of the vehicle and creates a hell of a glare. A dark theme would resolve the issue.

Also, there should be an option to keep the screen awake while charging. I use a password picture and it's a royal pain in the A$$ to constantly have to apply the password in order to take a glimps at the hub while charging in my vehicle.

These should be SIMPLE things and BlackBerry just continues to kick the can down the road.

Tombstone - Combat Vets Motorcycle Assn - WWW.CVMAFLORIDA.ORG


I for one don't really want an option for the dark hub. I'd rather have a system-wide dark option. Going app by app isn't enough, I want my z10 to look like a smaller Z30 (at least as far as the ui goes)

bhuvan tejs

We required a black theme.....its pretty cool nd loveable by many bb10 users....

Posted via CB10


I want all dark to the point I see darkness!

Posted via CB10 Z30


before adding cosmetic stuff let us get back everything that we had on OS 7 including viewing wmf and emf files...


True. Or enhance the picture editor to allow for drawing circles, highlighting, and adding text.

Posted via CB10


Not me!

Posted via CB10


I like my dark theme BBM. I find it easier to read. Plus dark is like my soul. So so dark.

Posted via CB10


Haven't I been crying for this request since 10.1 version... All apps should have these available. DARK THEME is a MUST...


We need dark hub on the Q10.
I stopped using toasts notifications for bbm because of it. My beautifully black themed bbm just clashes with the white top margin seen from the hub when tapping on the toast notification.

Posted via CB10


My eyes are sensitive to light so a dark theme would be a much appreciated option!

Posted via CB10


I like the dark themed calendar.

Hub should be dark!

Posted via CB10


+ 1,000,000
Please BlackBerry!


As long as it is a choice, all is well. Personally I like the dark bbm, but tried to use it on the calendar, and it's a definite no. Had to change the color of every email syncd so I could see the little spots (events) on each date. So again, choice = good, the other way around not so much.

Hardcore BlackBerry 'er


As an option yes. I don't like dark myself, harder to read for me. Useability first, I'm not desperate to show how cool I am.

Posted via CB10


First, the poll is not representative. Not even of the CB Nation, and BlackBerry has to consider less knowledgeable users. Secondly, I like dark sometimes, white others. So choice is critical. Thirdly, it would be so great if the same energy was poured into getting BlackBerry to realize pretty is nice, but things like functional contacts sync will determine their future.

Posted via CB from "Z" best


That's what I wanted.

Posted via CB10


I voted for a dark theme as well but I don't see it meaning much unless they make the email composition or reading screens darked out as well.


Dark Theme not so easy to make I guess.

Not even Crackberry knows someone who can make their CB10 App dark themed

Posted via CB10

Bacon Munchers

How about grey shades, up to completely black?

Sometimes, just a dark-ened hub for night viewing would be nice.


All hale the dark theme

Posted via CB10 & my killer BlackBerry Z30


Come to the dark side... no need for cookies tho'

Posted via CB10


The darker the berry, the sweeter the UI!!

Posted via CB10


There should not be the dark hub theme only and options for switching light or dark in every program, but one switch in settings to switch between light or dark theme completely for the OS.


I would still choose white over dark but I do love to have the option.

Posted via CB10


It has only been recently when the black theme has shown to me how important this feature is. Up until the last few weeks I had been using the Black theme on my Z30 and Q10 just out of preference.

The situation however has changed and it has now become a feature that I cannot live without. My eyesight has changed for the worse an the normal black on white has become unusable on a mobile device. Without it I would not be able to use either BlackBerry until my eyesight improves. Other devices and BlackBerry have accessibility features but they fall short in too many ways.

Posted via CB10


I like the dark Hub, it is better to see the Hub in dark places such as in night clubs, bars or at night in your bed. Will not stress your eyes.
Another thing, dark themes will make your icons more stand out.
Just my opinion, dark is more sexy.

sent from my White Z10


Dark theme EVERYTHING Is very much welcomed.

Posted via CB10


What's up with you and poll data lately James?

Posted via CB10


All Black Everything

Posted via CB10


Amen! Dark is good!

Posted via CB10


Definitely Would love a dark themed hub. I have my text messages set to dark themed. It would only make sense to allow us to set the whole Damn hub dark wouldn't it? Lol

Posted via CB10


Dark all around not just the hub, what are you afraid of!? O.o lol

Posted via CB10


Yes but it should have the option to switch between dark and light

Posted via CB10 from my Awesome Q10


I cannot believe the Dark Theme for the BlackBerry Hub has not been implemented yet. Do the BlackBerry OS 10 development teams not use these smartphones?

Posted via CB10 on BlackBerry Q5

Astro Boyzone

They use the most thats the reason we don't have a ugly black theme for the hub.

Posted via CB10 on my love Z30 with BlackBerry 10.


Not everyone loves to read msgs on a dark background, it would be better to leave it that way.

Posted via CB10


Dark hub (I Vote)

Posted via CB10


Yes, please a dark HUB. It's so jarring and stupid to switch from an all black themed device into the HUB where it's bright as all hell.

Posted via CB10


I actually like the light theme. I would like to see what it looks like. Most themes I have in dark anyway but I like the fact the hub is separated by a light theme.

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones!

Astro Boyzone

Dark theme for hub would look ugly.. we should save the battery with dark theme but not at every place.. some places should look beautiful and hub is the one.

Posted via CB10 on my love Z30 with BlackBerry 10.


Just have the option cover everything - dark theme on or off throughout the OS, or individual apps. Both ways.

Posted via CB10


i like black!

Posted via CB10

Shannon Stauffer

I also vote dark theme everything!

OS STL100-4/ on Verizon Z10

Thomas Magnum

Yes for the Black theme but:
Why not have an option to choose the color?
to make the theme as we want!
Black, Red, Yellow, Green, White, Blue!


I would find a option to finally export and backup BBM messages a lot more important than such a simple design change.

Posted via CB10


There should be an option to choose black or white.


Hub and Emails!!! - DARK!

Posted via CB10


Dark dark dark.

Posted via CB10


Simple Statement....... agree....want Black hub.....

Posted via CB10


Dark theme hub sounds good that would look great on my Z30
Definitely a fan of that ,as she said yes yes yes yes yes yes yes..



I like dark theme at night and light theme during the day. Would be night if it switch automatically

Posted via CB10 on ZED10


Yaaas. We want it.

T-Mobile USA Z10


Options, options, let users decide what meet they're needs. A Black Theme is welcome like the option to mute the phone dialling pad.

via  Z30


Dark side!!!

Posted via CB10

Tomide Olatunji

I want the dark theme for my Z10!! ;-)

Posted via CB10


We want old caller screen too


They should also add gesture for locking the device!!

Posted via CB10


We want old caller screen too..!!it was just superb

Posted via CB10


Yes..... i like dark thema
Saya suka tema hitam.
Kapan OS 10.3.1.xxxx release?
Sudah tidak sabar menunggu.

Posted via CB10


Dark Hub, yes please! BBM Channel C002C3F42

shmiel stern

I don't want dark theme. Why is every phone having white? Who are all blogs having white? Who didn't google think about putting dark theme?? Because dark theme is NOT easy to read for the eyes. Not everything BlackBerry is doing means it's the best. Please don't take away my white HUB please!!!!

Posted via CB10

Astro Boyzone

BlackBerry wont take away white hub. But may add a dark one.

Posted via CB10 on my love Z30 with BlackBerry 10.


No thanks. Happy with white.

ChannelX C000D3759 We promote channels


Dark theme hub looked elegant and save battery power.

Posted via CB10 by Z30


I think the theme could be playing with colour type and icons

Posted via CB10 by Z30


BlackBerry "BLACK"

Posted via CB10


Yah, dark everything please, make my z10 coolest

Posted via CB10


Dark theme.. yes



Yes we do

Posted via cb10

Chiraag Jain

Not only dark theme but we need different choice...

Posted via CB10

Vince D

Ummm please no

Posted via CB10

Leo Patterson Jnr

I want it it looks so cool and I always wondered why it couldn't change

Posted via CB10


I am in favour of a DARK THEME for the Hub

Posted via CB10

Leon Thiart

I want everything to be dark themed

Posted via CB10


I don't want a dark theme

Posted via CB10


Yeah. White seems to bright when reading at night.

"I only work with black. And sometimes really really dark gray" -lego batman

Posted via CB10

Shawn Fitzgerald

Yes! An overall dark theme would be appreciated!

From my awesome z10


Sorry to say but 10.3 is looking less and less desirable to me. Dark theme hub, flat icons...everything that android launches as a trend doesn't necessarily have to be followed. I love the current look. Don't make it too hipsterish please!!!!

Posted via CB10


Dark theme pls!

Q10 SQN100-3


Clearly a black theme is popular and hope they make one for those that want it. But please, please, please let it be an option!

I was sad when they took away the light theme for Password Keeper. I hate black themes. Some dark accents are okay, but black looks so tacky.

Posted via CB10