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Keyboard Shortcuts for Next & Previous Were Changed on Purpose!

Changed Priorities; Irony in a Road Sign Earlier this week I wrote about how I was annoyed that RIM broke with years of tradition and flipped the functions of the P and N keyboard shortcuts in the messages application in BlackBerry 6. At the time I was curious if this was a glaring bug or if RIM did this on purpose. Turns out that a knowledge base article from RIM confirms that:

This is the intended functionality for BlackBerry Device Software 6.0.

According to them from BlackBerry 6 onwards these are the new shortcuts:

Move to the next message down the message list Press N
Move to the next message up the message list Press P
Move to the next message down the message list Slide your finger to the Right
Move to the next message up the message list Slide your finger to the Left

So what do you think? Does it make sense that P which in my mind stands for “Previous” will take you to a newer message? Sound off in the comments…

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  1. M A Y B E it makes more sense, but breaking with what your user base has gotten used to is bad. New users wouldn’t know the difference so there is no risk there, only risk is to the existing users who are already looking towards other phones anyway.

  2. Really though, this will cause previous users an hour to adapt and off they go. A minor annoyance if anything that won’t mean anything to BB 6 users after an hour or two. Is this really going to cause you to switch to another phone or question if you should adopt OS 6? Come on now

  3. Well I am sure there would be a developer who can switch that ‘N’ and ‘P’ to its original form with some paid app! or may be a free one! I would say not more then 100KB of file size for that app :)

    What say? 😉

  4. Great catch!!
    Its a feature not a bug :)

  5. Totally asinine move on RIM’s part. When presented with a list of messages, if I read the message t the top of the list its the latest, and messages below it are older and thus Previous. It totally made sense before and doesn’t now.

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