Looks like we wont be seeing themes on our OS 7 devices any time soon. Many have been expressing their concerns about the lack of theme support on OS 7 devices for a while now. We were told that the liquid graphics engine within OS 7 devices broke the theme engine. However, we were still left wondering when we would be able to get our hands on it.
According to CIO.com, Alec Saunders RIM's VP of Developer Relations gave us a little more info on a release time frame:
Another interesting tidbit for BlackBerry developers: Though a compatibility issue with the new “Liquid Graphics” engine in the BlackBerry 7 OS has kept RIM from releasing BlackBerry Theme Studio tools for the latest BlackBerry OS, Saunders says these tools will become available mid-2012, he says. (RIM has an internal theme building tool, which is how the company built the custom “Porsche” theme used on the new, limited edition BlackBerry P’9981 device, but the tool is not available to developers outside of RIM, according to Saunders.)
So there you have it. Theme studio should be coming some time in mid-2012. Seems like 2012 will be the year of the BlackBerry if everything pans out the way RIM is portraying.