Most Android enthusiasts agree Vanilla Android is the way to go, unless you’re an HTC Sense fan. It’s common for users to make the UI one of the most important factors when picking a device, and I know some that wouldn’t even consider purchasing a smartphone with a modified version of Android. Others don’t worry about this at all, since rooting and installing custom ROMs is always an option. But then we’re getting into the whole voiding the warranty deal. Wouldn’t it be nice if phones just came with Vanilla Android? You’ll be glad to hear there’s a carrier out there devoted to bringing the “True Google Experience” to its customers: Virgin Mobile.
You may recall our surprise at the recently announced Motorola Triumph. It looked like it was going to have pure Android… or at least the images suggested it. Some of us even thought the images with stock Vanilla Android may have been the product of a Photoshop error. Well, it’s no mistake. And it seems Virgin Mobile will try to keep all their Android devices with the “True Google Experience.”
Virgin Mobile USA aims to make available devices that allow the end user to have the freedom to customize the device to their liking. We like to take a consistent approach with our Android portfolio and so we prefer to have the true Android experience loaded on all our Android phones.SpokespersonVirgin Mobile
Very nice to hear, right? Seems almost impossible. Regardless, it’s nice to know that a carrier is interested in keeping Android fans happy. It would be even more interesting to know what the manufacturers think about this.
Those interested in stock Vanilla Android should check out Virgin Mobile. The Motorola Triumph doesn’t sound bad at all. As of now, Virgin Mobile has the LG Optimus V and the Samsung Intercept available. What sounds even better, though, are the prices. Current devices cost $200 without a contract (not bad) and the Triumph will probably cost only a bit more, if not the same. And the monthly plans? They start at $25 with unlimited text, email and data. (No, that is not a typo).
As always, we would like to know what you guys think. So, we created a poll today to see which UI our readers prefer. Please cast your vote and let us know why you made your choice. Is anyone switching to Virgin Mobile for the “Pure Google Experience?”