Active Frames

Here's another look at the BlackBerry 10 OS in action [video]

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In case you haven't had your fill of BlackBerry 10 after checking out those sweet new images of the L-Series device, here's another look at the BB10 OS in action. The folks over at bbnews.pl did a quick hands-on and showed off the BlackBerry HubActive FramesBlackBerry Balance, the native weather app, the clock and more.

10 Weeks of BlackBerry 10: Active Frames

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Active Frames

The BlackBerry OS never really had any "widgets" aside from a few third-party apps, but BlackBerry 10 will be giving us Active Frames. Don't call them widgets. Don't call them live tiles. Active Frames are different from both and are unique to BB10.

Brainstorming BB10: I want to be able to "pin" or "hang" an Active Frame so it never closes

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Since BlackBerry Jam Americas, I've been been spending some quality time on the Dev Alpha B hardware. Overall I am loving the Hub and Flow and Peek features that shape the BlackBerry 10 experience. Knowing that what I'm playing with is a limited BB10 preview build, I'm by no means in review mode as I use the device. But that doesn't stop my mind from brainstorming ideas on how to further refine the user experience. 

One such idea is in regards to Active Frames. Active Frames is the name given to the minimized running apps on BlackBerry 10. Remember, they are not widgets or tiles, but rather are running apps showing an alternate state for their minimized size. Tapping on Active Frame immediately takes you back into the full size app. There's no loading here. It's instant.

As of now on BlackBerry 10, you can have up to eight Active Frames open at the same time. The Active Frames display by recency. The app you've opened last shows at the top left corner, and you work across and down from there. If a ninth app is opened, the oldest open app, which is the app showing in the bottom right corner of the open eight, is removed from the Active Frames view.