This last week, those of us running Android BBM saw a major UI change take place. Gone are the Telletubbies colored bubbles, in favor of colored names. A blank background replaced with a fun printed background. Quotes look different and uploading videos to group chat looks like an entirely different process. BBM on Android looks like a whole new world.
And I love it.
I’ll be honest, I never liked the UI of Android BBM. I couldn’t stand the colors, and while I may have finally gotten used to the change from BB10 BBM, but getting used to it was about the best I could say. Finally, that look that I hated is gone. And it is replaced with something which, to me, feels much more modern, and much more fun. And I think BBM needs to be more modern and more fun. I think that some of the more fun designs may be helpful in bringing new users to the platform.
But not everyone thinks the way I do.
I’ve heard more than a few complain about some of the new changes. I think the biggest complaint that I’ve heard is one of those very things that I really like. That is the wallpaper behind our chats. I’ve heard from a few that these cartoon style designs are not welcome. Some want BBM to look more businesslike and professional.
I say stop being boring and have some fun!
Realistically, there are a few things that I don’t like. We can’t all like everything right? For instance, I don’t like the redesign of the text entry portion of the chat screen. The dialogue box is round now. Like on an iPhone. The icons on the bottom are thin lined and minimalist. Like on an iPhone. I don’t own an iPhone. I don’t want an iPhone. I’d go out on a limb and say that the vast majority of Android users, be it BlackBerry phones or some other brand, don’t want an iPhone. And part of not wanting an iPhone is not wanting our Android to look like an iPhone. But more important than these iPhone looking icons is the lack of a certain icon.
Where’s the BBM Spark? Yes, the BBM Spark. The Spark that began on BBM and became a symbol for all things BlackBerry. We can see a cartoon version of the Spark all over the new wallpaper in BBM, but its not where it belongs. Instead, BBM notifications are brought to us with a little red dot with an “N” in it or a number if it is multiple notifications. I don’t have a problem with the numbers. Its convenient to see how many we have. But an “N”? What is that? Bring back the Spark! Please BBM, sooner than later, #BringBackTheSpark!
But in general terms, I absolutely love the new BBM. It feels like such a huge leap to me in terms of UI improvements and overall feel of the software. But I want to know from you, do you love it or hate it? Are there specific aspects that you love? Certain things that you hate? Let us know in the comments below.