If you want a functional theme for your 9650 or 9700 that is also classy looking, grab a copy of Al3azim’s Gradient. The theme has just been released to the masses and it is FREE, as are all of Al3azim’s themes. After using Gradient, you may just stop your theme searching because everything you need is here.
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Let’s examine the home screen. There are a dozen shortcuts on the home screen alone, arranged in a clean and easy-to-read theme. The 5 shortcuts on the bottom of the screen lead to the hidden dock (Apps), Contacts, Messages , Media folder and BBM. The date leads to the Calendar, the signal meter to Manage Connections. There are more: the profiles icon leads to Sound Profiles, the battery meter to Options, the clock to Clock Options, and the notification bar to the Today Screen. There is also a weather slot (OCD) slot on the home screen. And to navigate it all, your focus icon is a cute little BB logo.
Clicking on the Apps shortcut from the home screen brings up the 8 icon-hidden dock. The icons are full-size, so everything is readable. That brings the total of icons and shortcuts available BEFORE going to the apps screen to 20. Where else would you find a theme that is clean and readable like Gradient that also allows you 20 icons and shortcuts?
In keeping with his clean themes, Al3azim has left the apps screen devoid of wallpaper; a black background makes it very easy to see all your icons. The theme is gender-friendly, as are all his themes and also wallpaper-friendly. Take a look at my girly screen:
One of the most clever things about this theme is the focus icon. In the home screen you can see the little BB logo. When choosing an icon, it is a box with four logos; one in each corner!
Al3azim has 8 themes for OS6 currently available and this 9th one is a gem. All of his themes are different styles but they all are built the same way; functional shortcuts, readable text, and flawless operation. You can just tell that this one is going to be a favorite of many! Oh and remember it’s FREE. If you like a developer’s work, let him/her know by sending feedback (or donations)! If you download and install Gradient, let me know what you think about it. Sound off in the comments please!
Here is a new build of OS 6 for the 9700, the latest leak is v188.8.131.521. It has only been a few weeks since the last leak but hopefully this one fixes some of the issues found in the last build. You can download the files from the following links:
No word on what is new or fixed with this version so if you do install and find something let us know in the comments below.
This OS will not install on any other BlackBerry besides the one mentioned above and is not an official release.If you do not know how to upgrade your BlackBerry OS please start by reading this step by step guide.Don’t forget to delete the vendor.xml file located in c:program files>common files>research in motion>apploader to install it on a different carriers device. Don’t forget our usual warnings: do not download and install these updates if you don’t know what you’re doing. Incorrect procedure or just bad luck could render your BlackBerry inoperative or unstable. Thanks Tashana for the tip.