Motoblur Android UI being killed off

Custom skin no longer "focus" says Motorola

Moto's Android skin looks to be on its way out after improvements in vanilla version of OS.

Motorola is “refocusing” its attentions when it comes to Motoblur, with the mobile maker all but confirming that the Android UI is being killed off as a custom skin for its Google phones.

In a quarterly conference call, Moto’s Sanjay Jha said, “We have decided that we will focus on the value proposition of products and not Motoblur as a brand name in its own right.”

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Jha goes on to say that while Motoblur is important it won’t, “…be the focus going forward.” Reading between the lines, it seems Motorola is resigned to the fact that the newest versions of Android can do what Motoblur can without the added hassle.

On top of that, Android 3.0 Gingerbread is said to be bringing a complete facelift to the OS’s user interface, with the specific aim of making custom skins redundant and the entire update process much smoother in the future. The Milestone and Milestone XT720 have already eschewed Motoblur and it seems newer phones will do the same, albeit with a Motoblur app or dedicated home page.

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