Here’s a simple though not-that-easy to accomplish idea – make a BlackBerry Hub-like app for Android. If you had a chance to try out the new BlackBerry Z10, you’ve probably noticed how sexy the Hub is. For those who haven’t got a chance to play with the Z10, the Hub is a place where all your messages come in — including emails, text messages, chats, notifications and more. In addition, third-party apps like WhatsApp and Skype will also be able to integrate with the Hub, making for a that much better solution.
There are many tweaks I would like to see, like better GMail support, but overall I like the BlackBerry Hub. That said, I would love even more to see something similar made for Android devices. Sure enough, there are push notifications, but they don’t give you the same versatility as the Hub does. Plus, in most cases notifications will require you to open an app to accomplish some task — for instance, you can’t Delete an email from notifications, and you’ll rather have to fire-up the GMail app to do that.
Now that I’m thinking, a dedicated app may not be the perfect solution. We may need a whole new launcher that works like the BlackBerry Hub, making all your messages easily accessible from pretty much everywhere. That’s how BlackBerry did it, and that rocks.
What is essential is the proper GMail support, as well as the ability to sing along with third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Skype and so on. Please don’t make me use “Flag” instead of “Star,” and I really need that “Archive” button. Just an idea I had… Any takers?
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