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    RIM Gives Reason For No OS 7 Theme Builder



    Many have been wondering why there has not been a theme builder for OS 7 devices yet. There has not been much said by RIM regarding the issue other than they were working on it. Surprisingly it wasn't even revealed a DevCon this past week. Now we have a little more of an idea to why there has been a delay. A tweet from Alec Saunders, RIM's new VP of Developer Relations, states that the theme engine has been delayed because
    "Liquid Graphics broke theme engines, and I’m working with team to determine if we can fix.”
    So at least now we have some closure to why it has not been released. Hopefully the issue will get resolved soon. I am excited to see what some of the talented theme developers will come up with. Are you a theme developer just itching to create a theme for OS 7?




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    As much as I like the new BlackBerrys and OS 7, I'm beginning to get ticked that I jumped on the bandwagon for the new devices since apps aren't getting developed that quickly. I keep running into "app not available" or "app not compatible". I can understand why developers aren't wasting all that many cycles, what with yet another new OS being developed. Next year's BlackBerrys will run BBX and developers will need to change their apps once again.

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    I think RIM is trying to get away from Theme Builder for QNX devices. The reason: one less thing to focus on when making a supreme OS. Themes are a nice feature to have, but it's not what makes the OS. Just look at Apple and Android, both platforms are demanded because of the OS, not because of themes. And while once can mod their iPhone or Droid with a theme, it's not something the average user would go through the process to do. I think there will continue to be a theming market, but I think it may come not at the expense of RIM. Which is fine if you think about it. Remember that themes were a huge success even before RIM took over Plazmic theme builder and had themes in App World. Mobihand had controlled the distribution market. We'll see...

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    I would not be surprised if themes will be altogether pulled from QNX based devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ice2921 View Post
    I would not be surprised if themes will be altogether pulled from QNX based devices.
    A lot of people don't realize that many themes have scalable vector graphics applied. When you have such a solid and built in OS like QNX it's not practical to allow for extreme changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Jerde View Post
    A lot of people don't realize that many themes have scalable vector graphics applied. When you have such a solid and built in OS like QNX it's not practical to allow for extreme changes.
    Exactly why I could care less about having a theme.

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    Exactly, i'd rather have a solid OS than an OS that can change themes... it's just plain logic
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    If theme builder does continue with RIM in BBX, I imagine it will be limited to icons and colors and not allowing for total homescreen customization.

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    I'm with ice and agent here. I'd rather have a butt kicking OS rather than a pretty theme.
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    A theme can sometime enhance the performance of the phone, it doesn't have to be pretty, though it helps, like a theme based on PS3 like hedgestone or the zen theme. I would like an app that would give easy access to all my day's and/or week's event. Although, i cant deny the need of a better OS for 9900 that would really help with battery life.

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    Also, as shallow as this may sound, RIM can only attract new customers if they make the device more customizable. As a student, there is no denying the need of "showing off" the phone. The more themes, the more the app developers can show off their talents. there are a bunch of things i don't like such as the ability to create my own panels. themes are not always about looks, they are about functionality. With a company like RIM, that has intense pressure from shareholders, there is a dire need to increase demand in market that demands looks yet expects and values great functionality. And themes provide a balance between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sachmalh View Post
    A theme can sometime enhance the performance of the phone, it doesn't have to be pretty, though it helps, like a theme based on PS3 like hedgestone or the zen theme. I would like an app that would give easy access to all my day's and/or week's event. Although, i cant deny the need of a better OS for 9900 that would really help with battery life.
    This is true, because I need to have a today like screen. I like all of my items visible on the home screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgentBlackBerry View Post
    Exactly, i'd rather have a solid OS than an OS that can change themes... it's just plain logic
    And good logic at that... I just got OS7 and the theme is fine with me.I like having a device that runs well too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostryder View Post
    I'm with ice and agent here. I'd rather have a butt kicking OS rather than a pretty theme.
    I'm with you on that one too!

    If RIM can get Theme Studio working for OS7 devices, it would be nice, but if they don't, it's not the end of the world.

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