Sounds like an issue in your profile settings. Check them closely as there are many settings. Make sure you are editing the "active" profile as well.
As far as when removing from the holster when a new message arrives that is normal. It should open to that message when removing from the holster. If you don't want it to do that then you will need to wait 20 seconds before removing the BB from the holster. That feature can't be turned off and on.