On May 09, 2013, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from BlackBerry revealing their intent of implementing a new feature for future BlackBerry devices that the patent describes as "Block Zoom." This feature would be good news for future BlackBerry devices. It's one of the great little features found on Apple's iDevices. And if BlackBerry is ever hoping to regain their former customer base that switched to the iPhone, then they're going to have to find a way or workaround to get some of these favorite features brought to their future devices. BlackBerry's new "Block Zoom" is one of them. It's the equivalent to Apple's double-tap feature which drops all ads on a webpage while magnifying the text to fill the screen. It's a brilliant little feature. BlackBerry's current smartphone, the Z10, forces you to use a "pinch and zoom" gesture to accomplish the same thing, but it's a messy solution. So it's great to see that the engineers at BlackBerry have found an equivalent feature for the future called Block Zoom.
BlackBerry's Block Zoom
BlackBerry's patent FIGS. 8A to 8C shown below illustrate an example where the alignment is centered in an embodiment of a portrait-oriented display. The webpage 800 displayed in the display includes three text blocks 810, 820, 830; element 830, in particular, includes centered text. As indicated by the icon 350, this latter element is also selected in association with a scaling command.
BlackBerry's Patent FIG. 8B noted above illustrates an effect of enlarging the element 830 of 8A to the zoomed element 840 of FIG. 8C, which includes text with a larger font size that is still centered.
Although this may be considered a small future fix for BlackBerry smartphones, it's one that most iPhone switchers and future BlackBerry fans will definitely appreciate.
BlackBerry filed their patent application under serial number 530411 back in Q2 2012. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product feature to market is unknown at this time.
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