CrackBerry Asks: Would you want a dark-themed Hub?

By Adam Zeis on 26 Feb 2014 12:35 pm EST

The dark theme / light theme debate has been ongoing for quite a while. As soon as the BlackBerry Q10 was released, Z10 owners were screaming to get some dark theme action as well. Then when an OS update took the dark theme away, Q10 users yelled that they wanted it back. So ultimately BlackBerry made the choice to give users the option to choose between the light or dark theme in apps like the calendar and contacts.

While the option isn't system-wide for all apps, it's got the basics covered. However I was actually thinking that a cool spot to have a dark theme would be the BlackBerry Hub. It's tough to have a dark theme on my calendar, then jump to the light-themed hub — it just doesn't coincide. So having the option to choose for the Hub would be awesome in my book.

So what say you? Would you want the option to choose a light or dark theme for the BlackBerry Hub as well? Drop your vote in the poll below then give us your thoughts in the comments!


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CrackBerry Asks: Would you want a dark-themed Hub?



Yessssss no reason why not atleast you then have the option it's a no braineerr :D

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Actually would prefer much a really good battery - there's no need then to hide the power usage behind such things like dark themes, IMHO.

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I like the dark theme because it's easier to use in a dark room, or in the car at a stoplight at night. Dilated pupils + Light Theme = no bueno

I would love it if there was an automatic option to have it change when it senses a darker atmosphere. It would be an option that you could turn on and off.

Similar to some vehicle GPS devices - changes to night time mode/theme when the time and light is right

Posted via CB10

Much agreed... much better battery life would be much appreciated... deleted Facebook and WhatsApp and have been getting great battery life since. I think some additional tweaking could be done to the OS as to the way it deals with applications. Better battery life and who cares about light or dark themed hub. the option would be good but light theme works just fine...

I think before looking into that there should be additional (if not done yet) research done on better integrating shortcuts across the OS with the virtual keyboard. Shortcuts work in the browser using the virtual keyboard on my z10.

I think they haven't taken full advantage of the action feature in bb10 on the all touch devices and in the hub as well. It is still a young os.

And they can have an all touch q10 feature on the z10 where the keyboard is always up.

Posted via CB10

I prefer the dark theme on everything so voted yes. I do know people who don't like it so I think having the option as we do now for BBM, contacts, calendar, etc (at least on the Q10) would be perfect.

Yes!!! Thank you!!! Also, dark theme?? Sure. The option of using it would be nice.

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The dark theme hub is a no brainer, it should be an option, easy as that.

Oh, and too the goomba who posted "first", you gon' learn what happens when you just make that silly comment. By now your comment has been heavily hijacked. How are all those emails working for you? lol

I want dark-themed everything. Dark-themed darkness please!! With some dark on top. :)

Posted via CB10

Holy smokes it's a giant gap. I love dark theme but wow...dint think there'd be such a dominance. For sure BlackBerry is reading this poll, and will notice.

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That whole dark/light theme needs to be consistent across the OS and (at least all pre-loaded) BB apps.

The eyes hurt, when you suddenly change to another app and it blinds you because of light theme. Not very comfortable.

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This pretty much, would be nice to have some sort of consistency. Also should be made an option to have it either dark or white system wide.

Posted via CB10

Let's throw another question into the pot, should Crackberry now be fully integrated into BlackBerry Channels?

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Wow, 0 votes for no! Giving us a choice won't hurt but knowing BlackBerry they like to give us a hard time :P

From the Q10 until they create a friggin rectangular 4" without the trackpad!

Yes. I'm all dark everything, but when I go into my hub it's like staring into the sun.

Posted via CB10

I agree! Especially at night. On the z30 it's ridiculously bright even on the lowest brightness setting.

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Exactly, love having my text messages dark, but hate getting blinded by the hub on my way through

Posted via CB10

Yes, being able to switch on the fly when needed is important. You could have light theme during the day and at night it would be nice to switch to dark theme to save your eyesight, lol.

I found that a black background is hard to read.
In cases where an app has an option, I change to the light background.

Yes! I would like everything dark themed! It looks to nice! Still don't know why my settings is a white theme with 10.1 on my q10. It's been that way since I bought it. But yeah, dark theme is sexy and easy on the eyes as most sexy things tend to be. BTW still waiting for 10.2.1 on T-mobile.

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Posted via CB10

Yes, it is kind of odd having dark theme in the rest but not in the hub. Would love to see it.

Posted via CB10 On my 30

Ditto what DJ said! I have been wanting black theme before BB10 was ever introduced.

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Absolutely! I'm dark theme all the way.

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The UI is lacking a LOT of fun... special effects, icons, frames, everything.

The current UI should be named "energy saving theme"

Posted via CB10

Never really been a big dark theme fan...but I agree with other posters here that it should at least be an option.

Posted via CB10

I like the light theme in the Hub but I'd have no objection to a dark theme as an option.

Oddly, I prefer my BBM to be set to a dark theme.

Posted via CB10

Not knocking the question being asked, but it seems silly that it has to be asked.

Once BlackBerry knew it was unquestionably clear so many people liked the dark theme option, it should have been a no brainer to give it for anything they possibly could.

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The dialer has always been dark from the first day...seems like there have always been design inconsistencies.

I think it will be good to have dark theme for the hub. It is not nice to move from a dark themed calender to a light themed hub.

I find reading dark on light background much easier when it comes to long text. Dark background is nice with smaller text + pictures, like Channels for instance.

The overall look of a black background is nicer but less functional for me.

Urgh, really do not understand this dark theme debate at all! Been following it for a while and have yet to find a reason why people want this! Dark themes on android and WP look so lame!

If you want one, go android or WP! You do have not see this debate with iOS!

Just let it go!

Posted via CB10

Have an option yes but I personally prefer the white theme. Dark themes constantly remind me of galaxy devices.

Posted via CB10

A system wide dark theme would be very nice - maybe even time controlled.
Early in the morning and late at night I wouldn't mind a dark theme so that I am not blinded.

System wide is key here because it makes switching easy.

Posted via CB10

Yes to dark, also if the account colour would set the font colour on the black it would give it a dramatic look. Similar to the settings menu.

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I guess it's the icon that's a different colour on the settings menu, either would be good.

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Definitely. Our eyes register light more quickly than the absence of light. When text is what's illuminated and not the background, it's not only an efficient use of energy but easier for the eyes in short term, which is what the hub is usually for. White backgrounds are more comfortable to stare at for a long time, say, for like novels, because on average, our eyes adjust to that average - a white box. Dark backgrounds keep the eyes more active because they only adjust to the text, which can be straining for long reads.

That being said, people have different preferences, give us the option. BlackBerry used to be known for having sooo many options. Why are we limited like Apple folk these days?

It will be nice to see a dark theme for BlackBerry Hub but I prefer the white theme more than the dark theme and I think it should be optional in the settings.

Posted via CB10

Paint it black. It saves battery (sometimes) and makes my Z10 distinctive. As in business serious distinctive.

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Kevin, where did you get the dark theme for your hub from? Yes, I would love the option, currently it is not homogenous with the other dark themes available. And: give us the opportunity to use different themes!! I cannot stand the home screen anymore. Have been waiting for this BBOS feature for over a year !!

Posted via CB10

Just make a universal setting that changes background colour to black and all text to white, instead of app by that so hard?

I have every app with the option on dark theme, I love the look on my z10. It is jaring and inconsistent when I visit the white hub.

Posted via CB10

I'd like to pick any color of my choosing.

My choice would be a dark navy or very dark red, good for reducing power consumption, low output to protect the AMOLED display and yet still be able to tell at a passing glance that I am indeed "in the hub."

An option for dark everything would be awesome! I've wondered many times why they made calendar, sms and contacts dark, but not their prized possession, the hub (and essentially any messages that come through the hub)

Posted via CB10

I don't mind if there is an option, but after 8 months on the Q10 I can't wait to be able to see my calendar and texts in white!! When someone sends me a link or tel# in a text it comes in blue on the black background and I can't read it. :-(

Posted via CB10 on my Q10

Would be nice to have an option otherwise I will prefer the dark theme a lot better. Both my Q10 and Z30 are blacked out until I check email it's like YIKES!!! Dim the lights.

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Yes,it would be nice to have it!
In the beginning I was negative using it but now I use it with pleasure wherever is possible on my BlackBerry.
However I was using for sometime a note 2 and it wasn't really convenient the dark theme in their email application, I would have switch it to light if was possible.

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Yes I want a dark or light theme option on all menus and screens. How hard van that be to add as a programmer. Geez us even more options.. or a global theme setting with customizable colors.

Posted via CB10

Yes, but why not a range or selection of background colour? The world is not just black or white. ;-)

Posted via CB10

In the name of uniformity, I think the hub should have a dark option as well. It feels off when you read a text or BBM message in dark theme then come back to the light theme.

Posted via CB10

How about BlackBerry be innovative and bring some new technology for the display to convert images and graphics for black and white on the fly as a battery saving mode? Just thinking

Posted via CB10

Give the option in settings for a dark themed hub especially when its going to improve battery life like on the Q10/Z30

Would like the option. Another way to save battery power on these amoled screens. Also will keep your eyes from going crazy at night going g from dark to light.

Posted via CB10

I feel that I would need to see it on my own personal device before I could truly have an opinion on it

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Yes! All this time I've been wondering why Blackberry passed on giving the hub the dark theme. Guess I'm not the only one.

Cualquier opción que ayude a mejorar el rendimiento de la bateria es excelente!!

Any option that helps improve battery performance is excellent!

Yes- there should also be an option to set dark theme across the board and add an option to do it based on time so that during the day we can have it one way and after a certain time it switches to another.

Although other things should certainly take priority, why stop at black and white, bring on more colors while you're at it. Give us options.

Posted via CB10

Options = more lines of code = bloated OS something they have to control, their logic . I like options , but would use a light theme, I dislike the dark theme personally . Find it harder to read . The dark theme, dim screen and no track pad, is why I never got a Q10, even after waiting years for it.

Posted via CB10

No. Haha I like it being very different from everything else, reminding me that I'm in the Hub

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Not just in hub. should be in everything. Email, settings, file manager, remember app everything!

Posted via CB10

Yes I would like this option. Ino CB has some pull when it comes to these types of things so make it happen.

Posted via CB10

Is there a debate? Poll results show pretty clearly that everyone wants dark theme which would seem obvious. It saves energy and looks better, so why is is not available across the applications is beyond me.

Posted via CB10

Dark theme on everything, the light theme is too bright on the lowest setting. I think it looks like android on the all touch BlackBerry 's.

Posted via CB10

Honestly, themes in general would be appreciated. I miss when I had my 9930 and I was able to download different customizable themes from the appstore. Please bring back

No, things like email, FB and other social things in the Hub will never be 'Dark', so it will make the Hub look less uniform.

Also, the difference between the Hub and the sidemenu (accounts choice) will look less distinct.

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I would like the option for either all white or dark theme. I prefer the all white theme that BB10 use to have, but the option to have a dark theme is good for people who want it. I vote for give us the option to choose. We are not all the same.

Yes I would.

And may I say that BlackBerry is starting again to make way too many models of its devices! The Z30, Z10, Q10, Q5, now the Z3 and the Q20...that is 6 models (not counting the Porsche design, that is just a supped up Z10) with more on the way. !!!!!

Apple has one, well two if you count the out-of-wedlock discount brother of the 5S, Samsung really only has the Galaxy and Note...and they sell...meanwhile BlackBerry has more names for its models than actual sales of its devices!

Pick one or two and stick with them fucking models!!!! So what does this mean for Z10 owners sucks as myself?! Am I going to get PlayBooked again?!

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This is business Bro so get used to it. Anyway they didn't all cone out in the same year. They need to sell so they have to make cheap and expensive models.

Posted via CB10

It might be too dark for the hub since its accessible all the time and not just something we prefer it to be dark. But still, it's good to have the choice.

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I would love to have the dark theme for my HUB. I'd prefer to have the dark theme everywhere!

Posted via Q10

I would also like the themes to reach everything. With also other coloured themes to be available.