Jun 10 AT 1:27 PM Alberto Vildosola 90 Comments

MOTOBLUR who? Motorola’s Android experience loses its name; help us come up with a new one

Android phones with MOTOBLUR might be the first with social skills, but they don’t seem to be making a lot of friends. Motorola confirmed yesterday what we’ve been hearing for a while:  the MOTOBLUR name is gone for good.

As you probably already knew, Motorola and Sprint announced a couple of high-end Android devices yesterday. There were talks of 4G speeds, qHD displays and dual-core processors. But the name MOTOBLUR was absent from all press releases. Since the company won’t come out and say the MOTOBLUR name is dead, we’ll go ahead and do it for them. Rest in peace, MOTOBLUR.

This doesn’t mean that Motorola’s customized version of Android is gone, though. It just doesn’t have a name now. The Motorola Photon 4G , for example, will launch with Motorola’s own user interface and experience. We’re calling it GhostBlur until Motorola gives it a new name. You’re welcome to come up with a new name and post it below. If we like it, we’ll change GhostBlur to yours. So, go ahead and unleash your river of creativity upon our comments section.

Via: Engadget

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://Website rock3r

    I’d hope it’s Goneforbloor

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    Didn’t Android Central do this last year when the Droid X launched?

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  • http://twitter.com/jefmes Jeff

    Can I be completely unoriginal and just say we call it “Motoblah” ???

    I have a crazy idea. How about Motorola just leave their interface OFF of their phones and start a new slogan.


    I’ve had the G1, then Droid, Droid X, and now Atrix and a Xoom. For all intents and purposes I’m a Motorola fan. But I keep getting rid of their interface. So fine Moto, put something out there, but let us turn it all off with a single checkbox if we want! You give the hardcore Android fans what they want, and they’ll recommend to others that Motorola is the way to go for Android. I’m still shocked that they don’t see that.

    • http://Website Jeff

      Preemptive flame strike – YES, I know the G1 wasn’t a Motorola device.

      • http://Website KIMIR

        Yeah. Good thing you said that. I almost killed you.

  • http://hyperom.com Max

    Mm… BLURMOTO? :)
    It’s not Motoblur, and marketing department gets to re-use old materials

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  • http://Website Stephen

    Ive got a great new name for it: garbage

  • http://Website mardenator

    I’ve got one.. how about DeadAndBlurried? Stock Android > any custom UI, don’t care how nice it looks.

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    “The phone will ship pre-bogged down with Motorola’s Pain && Suffering ™ UX”

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    I say we name it MOTODODO!

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    I’m not sure PR departments do irony like that, though.

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    Well let’s see shall we?





    Any and or all would suffice.

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    I really don’t see nothing wrong with the name but with the experience with MOTO blur. In all honesty its damn ugly. You get a better experience with a launcher such as Adw or launcher pro. MOTO blur is not at all polished looking. It looks like a cheap ass launcher from the market that no one wants. If you ask me I would totally start from scratch and call it touch Sense Ios LOL!

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      You gave me an idea! MOTOLOL

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    You can put lipstick on a pig, but its still a pig!! I don’t care if its no longer called Motoblur. If they still put it on the device… its still ugly. Just because you change the name doesn’t change the product. Ugg.. Corporate re-branding at its worst.

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    MotoBron James

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      Asked Lebron for $1, he only gave me 75 cents because
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        Lmfao! Well said.

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    Locked bootloaders..that is all.

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    I remember the MOTOKRZR and MOTOROKR

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    I don’t miss Motoblur whatsoever! When I owned the Cliq (dont judge me) it came with Android 1.5 at first and Motoblur actually did make the experience better. But as time went on and Android matured past 1.6 Motoblur became pretty pointless. All the pros it carried with 1.5 were no longer necessary since new features within apps and Android itself made Motoblur pointless. It did shine when it was needed but Motorola..get with the times and stop trying to make Android “better” when it’s the opposite now..you make the Android experience worse! Ya feelin me..hello Moto….fine…goodbye moto. Hello G2x ;)

    • http://Website JayMonster

      II find this interesting and in a way quite comical, since it was the old Blur version like on the Cliq that gavee Blur the reputation that it had now. Despite the fact that the Launcher was improved ( still don’t like it, but at least it doesn’t look like a Fischer Price toy now) and they cleaned it up ( though social and new soul force themselves into memory) the slow, laggy, and cluttered look of the version you mention is still what most people seem to think of and remember about Blur ( since none of that is true on “GingerBlur”). Yet here you are saying that the old version was the ome that was “OK” Just hours to show, that nobody seems to see things the same way.

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    Bloatoblur or motoblah are my standard descriptions.

    • http://Website Alberto Vildosola

      Ha, good one. I’ll be putting up a poll soon so you guys can vote for the best.

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    MotoFail cause their skin sucks and the original Android is way better!

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    Is it too much to ask these days for phone makers to just use AOSP Android and keep the stock launcher?

    We don’t want MotoLocked.

    And why is it that a develop with a lot smaller resources can make a better launcher than what these manufacturers come up with?

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    So many choices…
    Sent from my Atrix with bloatoblurb

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    If Motorola wants to skin Android and it sucks, why don’t they just develop Widgets that are or could be useful that you can choose to use on stock android?


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    Who cares about da blur… Android without Sense makes no sense to me.

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    Haha!… i totaly agree to you all

    they build up a nice pack of haters agains them.
    …and they really deserve it.

    they a bunch of liars. (bootloader issue)

    they make a roundhouse kick to all devs faces with the comment:
    “3rd party apps are the reason for 70% of warranty”

    … OF CURSE! its not motorolas faul ;) they dont make mistakes.

    motolola sucks!

    they died in times of phones (except the razr) and they soon die again!

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    I guess I was the only one on the planet who likes Motoblur

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    I hope the new name is “Stock Android”

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    I liked either motoshit, or MotoBloat. They need to kill it all together then on the Tombstone it can say RIP, the reason everyone hated their OG Droid at first… Or the reason everyone loves Jrummy so much hahaha.

  • themetatron

    Motophone7, and ban moto from android til they get a better understanding of the market and how android os actually works. You can’t have your ui running 8 services before any apps open.

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    Proply name it motosense or motordroid … cuz any other name is just plain garbage …( g2x )

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    I never liked Motorola at all… so I agree with everyone , cuz if they don’t change there UI then they shouldnt use android on there phones …

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    Motoblur Revamped or Motodroid

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    Motorola VapoRub

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  • http://twitter.com/thatloudkush Bryan

    I think they should keep the name Motoblur. I find nothing wrong with the Software & I don’t think it’s fair just because people don’t like it that it’s being shut down. Motorola is NOT the only phone brand in America, there are other options people can make so I disagree with discontinuing Motoblur because of nasty comments. #TEAMMOTOBLUR!

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    MOTOFOOL or MotoFail Or Blura eScorta da motorola (try to say this 5 times fast :) LOL)

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    Please Consider another name


    or MotoMInto

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    how about….. MOTO-R-BLOAT….??? Has that summer broke down on the lake ring to it….

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    The manufacturers (as well as the carriers) need to quick pretending that their crapware is worth while or that customers really want it at all.

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    I would call it motorola applications platform