One of the unique new features in BlackBerry 10 is the the minimized view of an app, also called the active frame. By default it is a smaller version of whatever the app looks like when maximized, however app developers have the ability to change it. Not only can it be changed to a static view, it can also be dynamically updated from signals within the code. Both of these features seem to be under utilized in most apps I see in BlackBerry World currently. Maybe nobody knows about it or maybe they don't know how to implement it... Well that's about the change!
Few coding active frames facts:
- Can be static or dynamic
- For all-touch smartphones, the active frame is 334 pixels wide by 396 pixels high
- For smartphones with a physical keyboard, the active frame is 310 pixels wide by 211 pixels high
- A complete list of best practices when creating active frames can be found here.