BlackBerry Hub

BlackBerry and email go hand-in-hand. Ask any BlackBerry user and more often than not you will see one or more email inbox icons on the homescreen. Some like them separate while others use the combined Inbox for all notifications. I've always love having all my messages in one place, but with BlackBerry 10, you won't have to worry about what style of inbox you choose thanks to the new BlackBerry Hub. Replacing the long-standing Universal Inbox, the BlackBerry Hub is the new heart of the BlackBerry 10 experience.

The BlackBerry Hub is the center of the BlackBerry 10 OS. We no longer have separate email inboxes or a Messages application, rather a constant, one-swipe-away hub for all of your incoming messages and notifications. No matter where you are in the BlackBerry 10 OS - be it on the homescreen, in a native or third-party application - you can always access the Hub with one simple gesture, meaning you never have to look far or lose time getting to your messages.

The BlackBerry Hub houses ALL of your incoming messages. That includes SMS, BBM, email, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, phone messages, voicemail, Emergency Alerts and supported third-party apps. That means that when you get an alert, you simply swipe to the Hub and you can instantly view the notification and see if you need to address it. There is no banner to tap on and no notification drop-down that wastes time and clicks (and money, duh!). 

You don't have to leave an app to get to the BlackBerry Hub either, you can simply gesture to the Hub (swipe up then pull to the right), peek at what's come in (see what I did there?) and go about your business - be it responding to the notification or just swiping away the Hub for the time being. No more in and out. Once you're in, you're in. To take it one step further, you can even pull down in the Hub to see your upcoming calendar appointments - so the BlackBerry Hub can also see the future!

There is no "inbox" or Messages app at all on BlackBerry 10 actually. The BlackBerry Hub takes over here and is always open and always on, and most importantly (we can't stress this enough) always no more than one gesture away. So you don't look for that email app because you won't find it. Just add your accounts to BlackBerry 10 and the Hub will bring it all together for you quickly and easily. 

The BlackBerry Hub is easily one of the things we are most looking forward to in BlackBerry 10. It's simple, brilliant and truly the heart and soul of the OS. It will always be there when you need it and you'll always have that quick access. No more scrolling to find your messages app or searching for an accidentally hidden icon. Just swipe and you're in.

Check out more of what we're looking forward to in our 10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10 series and be sure to hit up our new BlackBerry Hub forum section for more discussion!