Apr 17 AT 10:56 AM Taylor Wimberly 28 Comments

Motorola and BLU to adopt stock Android for new devices


If you’re a fan of pure Android, then you might want to consider Motorola or BLU for your next mobile device. Both companies announced this week that they will be sticking with stock Android, instead of creating custom overlays like Samsung’s Touchwiz or HTC’s Sense.

Jim Wicks, Motorola’s design chief, told PCMag, “From a software and UI perspective, our strategy is to embrace Android and to make it the best expression of Android and Google in the market. It will be the unadulterated version of Android, and I feel really good about our embracing Android and being the best Android experience.”

BLU Products (based in Florida) also announced in a press release that they “replaced the previous BLU launcher and have decided to go with stock Android software on all new products and firmware updates.”

We love stock Android, so it’s great to see these hardware OEMs embrace this strategy. There’s nothing wrong with custom UIs, but we think they should be distributed through the Google Play Store as an optional overlay (see Facebook Home), instead of baked into the firmware.

Keep in mind that just because future devices might ship with stock Android, they could still be subject to slow software updates if they are locked-down, carrier-branded devices. If you’re in the market for speedy software updates, then buy a Nexus device or explore the world of unlocked smartphones.

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