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Motorola Android Smartphone Brings Custom 'Blur' UI

Gordon Kelly


Motorola Android Smartphone Brings Custom 'Blur' UI

Could Motorola finally be getting back into the game after an innovation sabbatical of Palm-esque proportions? This could very well be the case after BGR broke news of the company's long awaited Android phone and a very clever custom UI called 'Blur'.

As you might expect the site isn't exactly full on details, but what we do see is the much leaked Xperia X2-esque Motorola Android handset sporting a UI which has had a high level of spit and polish.

Apparently the aim (and it would be a sensible one) is to mimic the Palm/INQ approach of unifying personal contacts and social networking site information to create a more holistic user experience. In short: convergence, or - as I like to call it - getting-all-your-stuff-together-in-one-place-so-it-can-baffle-and-overwhelm-you. I'm all about the technical terms.

Additionally we hear that OTA (Over the Air) upgrades will be a large part of the Blur update strategy, but since it's already a large part of the Android update strategy this isn't too surprising. Yep, the news is vague though it is also mildly encouraging.

So for the first time in, well, years I can finish a Motorola news story without feeling depressed. How very, very odd...


via BGR


August 10, 2009, 11:29 am

Hmmm...could Blur be Motorolas way of snatching defeat from victory with the Android OS? Motorola were never one for an intuitive UI. Time will tell...


August 10, 2009, 1:36 pm

that is one ugly phone.


August 10, 2009, 2:10 pm

it looks like iphone os to me...


August 10, 2009, 2:38 pm

Don't worry, Gordon. This is Motorola you're writing about. Rest assured, it's all going to end in tears ;)


August 10, 2009, 3:03 pm

@xbrumster: it looks like iphone os to me...

My thoughts too.. They haven't even tried to make it look slightly different, eg. just changing the colours etc. Are Motorola testing out Apple's Lawyers?


August 10, 2009, 3:06 pm

Nice to see Moto haven't lost their ability to design truly vulgar handsets.


August 10, 2009, 4:16 pm

Ewww, is that the actual phone, or some strange concept model?


August 10, 2009, 5:10 pm

Have to say that's a lot of optimism based on not a lot of substance Gordon. The phone does look ugly and Moto need to stop with those razor style keys.

The most interesting thing about this whole story for me is the possibility of a real Facebook app for Adroid.

And HTC have kind of already done the whole INQ Facebook integration thing on the Hero. Not as well an the INQ1 but more than decently.

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