Since late last year, BlackBerry has been beta testing design refreshes of their BlackBerry Hub+ apps and today, they've gone ahead and made them available to all through the Google Play Store, starting with Hub, Contacts, and Tasks with more such as Calendar and Notes to follow.
For each of the apps, BlackBerry has introduced new icons and new colors to create a unified experience while offering a more modern design which is indeed welcome since the old versions have mostly been in place since the release of the Priv with only minor visual changes.
The updates also introduce an action bar at the bottom of each app, helping you quickly access essential features with the Hub, now named Hub+ Inbox, benefiting the most from the changes in addition to improved support for attachments and more such as improved performance, and new help guides.
You will, however, want to make a note of the changes to BlackBerry Hub+ Services and how the BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox now handles SMS and Call Logs due to changes in how Google allows apps that interact with those features to work.
For the Contacts app, BlackBerry added several improvements including a new layout for Favourites, All Contacts and now you can even create contact groups for co-workers, Family, and Friends.
Keeping with the security side of things, you can now also choose which parts of contact info you wish to include when sharing contacts. Don't want to share a co-workers mobile number but still need to share their work number? You can now exclude their mobile number from being shared.
One other great addition to the refreshed Contacts app is the ability to easily control suggested contacts. Often times using the old version, it would suggest contacts you would never email but with the new Manage Suggested Recipients option, you can block suggested contacts from appearing in BlackBerry Hub+ Inbox.
Tasks also got a makeover allowing you to keep everything organized better than ever. Here, the new action bar at the bottom allows you to filter tasks by creation date, due date, title, and priority. You can also set tasks to hide when completed as well as add notes, reminders, tags and more when creating new tasks.
We've got a closer look at each app coming but for now, you can go ahead and get them downloaded. Let us know in the comments what you think about the new designs for each of the apps or swing by the CrackBerry Forums to discuss more.