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pfluger
Posts: 100
Registered: ‎02-10-2009
My Device: Q10, Z10
My Carrier: T-Mobile

Suggestion: BB10 theme assets for Android ports

We are not actively doing any Android ports because we think Cascades/QT is defiinitely the way to go for BB10 apps, but the following suggestion came up today and I thought maybe it would be interesting to share this.

 

Android is pretty flexible when it comes to theming controls, both system wide and per app. With only a couple of extra xml and png assets you can completely change the look of buttons, dialogs etc.

 

Why doesn't BlackBerry provide some theming assets to make Android ports look more like BB10 apps?

 

I do understand that the Android runtime is using the default 'Gingerbread' theme to make most unmodified Android compatible, so doing a system wide system might not be the way to go.

 

But I think having a set of assets that you can simply plug-in to your .apk would help a lot to improve the perceived quality of the Android apps as well as the whole BB10 system.

 

 

 

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ndsmyter
Posts: 648
Registered: ‎09-26-2012
My Device: Limited Edition Z10, Playbook 16GB/32GB, Dev Alpha A/B/C
My Carrier: Mobile Vikings

Re: Suggestion: BB10 theme assets for Android ports

This is something I considered making myself, but it would indeed be even better if BlackBerry would provide these. So that all Android ported apps would look the same on BB 10 (if they use these assets).
Most of my apps are Android ported (because I just don't have the time to convert them to native), so I would definitely use this feature in my apps.

Of course, it should be simple enough to do this. But if I think at the SherlockActionBar on Android, something similar could definitely be possible for BlackBerry 10.

Love your suggestion!


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