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RIM Calls BlackBerry 10 Homescreen Widgets "Active Frames"

BlackBerry 10 Active Frames

While flipping through RIM’s just released BlackBerry 10 roadmaps I ran across something interesting in the Cascades roadmap. It made mention of a new feature called Active Frames that seem to be the same homescreen widgets they have shown off in the past. Here is how RIM describes this new Active Frames feature:

The new homescreen in BB10 enables applications to show relevant UI when mimized, (sic) a feature called Active Frames. Cascades lets the developer use static images or a completely dedicated UI tree to present itself when minimized.

When we first saw these homescreen widgets in mockups and demos many asked if they were set or any application could create one. It looks like any developer will be able to use either a static image or complete UI tree when it is minimized into these active frames. It will be interesting to see what RIM has in store for these when they come out next month! From what I am hearing the Active Frame can be updated at a lower frame rate so you won’t be able to do video but you should be able to get some live content.

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  1. Based on what I heard at BB10 Jam in Toronto a couple of months, developers will have full control over what appears in the Active Frame. Since it isn’t available yet we don’t know exactly what “full control” means, but anything RIM can do with them, so can we. I’m sure that includes live-updating Windows Phone style.

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