Every BlackBerry user has a special love for their BlackBerry theme of choice. As one of the few ways users can personalize their BlackBerry, it’s a pretty significant statement: do you choose something trendy like an iBerry theme, or relive your youth with a Super Mario Bros theme?
We were recently contacted by DreamTheme, a company that is looking to evolve BlackBerry personalization beyond simple themes with LiveScreens. LiveScreens are essentially animated homescreen applications, but there’s more to them than meets the eye. Hit the jump and come check out one of the coolest new things you can put on your BlackBerry.
So what is a LiveScreen? It’s not a theme, that’s for sure (although each LiveScreen comes with a matching theme and some ringtones). It’s actually an application that serves as your BlackBerry ‘launchpad’. Think of it as a homescreen replacement, or the sexiest Start Menu you’ve ever seen. However, the LiveScreens by DreamTheme are not intended to contain all of your applications, but instead display those that you use 90% of the time. All of the big ones are there, like Messages, Contacts, Calendar and Browser, as well as links to popular consumer applications like Google, Myspace and Facebook.
Upon launching your LiveScreen, your new launchpad closely resembles Bplay’s popular ‘CrossBar’ theme, but with many more applications (my Mech LiveScreen defaulted with 18 applications). If you feel like there are too many applications, you can use the Setup icon to hide a few or create new ones. You can even create push marks to your favorite websites. There are a number of clean and elegant graphics to choose from for each of your application or website icons.
It’s not just the icons that look good. DreamTheme’s LiveScreens are easily the prettiest interfaces you’ve ever seen on a BlackBerry. The CrossBar-style icon queue leaves a lot of space for the striking backgrounds and tastefully chosen information displays (essentially signal strength, battery life, time and new messages). Even the best designed BlackBerry themes are usually bogged down with the clutter of too much information; DreamTheme knows just what to call attention to and what to leave out in their LiveScreens.
LiveScreens are also more customizable than most BlackBerry themes. The scroll speed and distance between your icons is adjustable and each LiveScreen comes with a moving background and a handful of static backgrounds to choose from. In addition to the backgrounds and complimentary theme that comes with the LiveScreen, DreamTheme also gives you a bundle of icons as well.
As pretty, clean and customizable as LiveScreens are, I can’t help but wonder what DreamTheme will add next. Because each LiveScreen is an application and not a theme, DreamTheme has much more control over feature upgrades than the BlackBerry Themebuilder provides. Think of how cool it would be to assign icons for actions rather than applications (such as ‘compose new email, cc’d to my personal address), or perhaps having useful information moving in the background of your LiveScreen (such as the latest sports scores or stock quotes). For now, check DreamTheme’s LiveScreens out and be impressed — Links, Mech and Deep are personal favorites.