I have been hearing rumblings about this since late last year when we first heard of Theme Studio 7 being on and off. Tim Neil has finally dropped the axe on BlackBerry Theme Studio 7 after months of missed releases. He said that they decided not to release Theme Studio 7 because the final product did not “address theme developers needs or asks” and “feedback from our theme studio beta testers showed us that the quality of the tooling would not be acceptable.”
Tim has also confirmed that BlackBerry 10 will not be getting any theme tools and theme support will not be in BlackBerry 10. RIM decided this because of the focus on the BlackBerry 10 flow user interface that will have a consistent feel in iconography and settings.
To wrap things up Tim Neil highlights that Theme Developers should look at Cascades to “unleash their creative talent on BlackBerry 10 to create stunning UI animations in apps.” That may actually be a good idea for developers to make more money but the pure graphic design theme developers will probably not be happy. Either way this was more or less inevitable but its sad to say that this is the end of the road for BlackBerry themes. Here is to hoping devs make some slick custom interfaces using Cascades.