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Motorola XOOM Will Most Definitely Not Have Blur, It’s a “Google Experience Device” (Updated)

For some reason, and I’m not even sure where this came from, but word started spreading across the interwebs that the Motorola XOOM could potentially see MotoBlur at some point down the road.  Again, no idea how this absurd and vicious rumor got started, but Moto has reached out to our friends at Phandroid to clear the whole mess up.  The device is a “Google Experience Device” and will not be bogged down with some silly skin.  They have no plans to put MotoBlur on it.  Come on people, you are better than that.

Update:  It looks like Motorola can’t decide what it wants to do.  In an interview with CNET, Moto’s director of Android product management said that MotoBlur will indeed be coming to the device at some point via software update.  All I can say, is that it better be a couple of widgets or apps and that’s it.  People are already unhappy with early price points, so slapping Blur on top of it might screw things up royally.

And now that we have 15 different reports on this story, expect a more official response from Moto any minute.

Source:  Phandroid

  • Mixedemotion624

    You mean google g1 came out with 1.0 os. Updated to 1.1,1.5 and 1.6 os.
    Nexus one launch 2.1 os. Updated to 2.2 os and planning on get 2.3 os in feb.
    Motorola droid 2.0 os. Updated to 2.0.1 os,2.1 os, 2.2 os 3 update on froyo by itself like nexus one. Moto is thinking of adding 2.3 os

  • http://resumes.jobfox.com/Jobfox_Resume_Samples.aspx Resume Example

    will this have efuse/locked bootloader?

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2bk3gkl

  • Anonymous

    xrl.us/bh8o4b

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NEOS2HO2ITOC6GKUN2Q4DZHZCA Daniel

    hate to say it but i like the contact widgets, news widget, etc and setup of blur. problem is the coding slows the phone so it’s only good if OC’d.

  • Keith

    Oh, so NOW the stop crapping up their devices with blur. Thanks Moto. Can you make that decision retroactive?

  • Anonymous

    So then maybe the obvious answer is it will be an optional update…

  • skyyaa

    Kellex, you’ve got the order mixed up – the CNET you link to in the “Update” is what set off the story around the interwebs, as you mention in the first graph. The update is that Moto reached out to Phandroid to say the rep quoted in the CNET article was mistaken.

  • Bikee4

    No wifi only, $799 no contract, total fail. Motorola is higher than a Apple fanbot!

  • Bikee4

    No wifi only, $799 no contract, total fail. Motorola is higher than a Apple fanbot!

  • Anonymous

    Despite vanilla Android devices being cheaper for OEMs to produce, I’d sadly pay more just to get that experience. The experience of not dealing with slow and incompetent OEMs for the long haul. Everything has it’s price… but $800 is too much for me. $500 and I’ll buy it… anything more and I’ll just have to wait for prices to fall. Eh, maybe $549 :)

  • Bs_thinker

    As long as I can permanently turn off the blur widgets it’s fine with me. Oh and no more bloatware to enhance my experience.

  • Bs_thinker

    As long as I can permanently turn off the blur widgets it’s fine with me. Oh and no more bloatware to enhance my experience.

  • Anonymous

    No blur. Its a dealbreaker. Now do you want my money or not?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615125234 Jack Doyle

    Little late on the update. That’s what we were talking about earlier… and then you came and posted this story.. then an update after you realized what everyone was originally talking about.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615125234 Jack Doyle

    Little late on the update. That’s what we were talking about earlier… and then you came and posted this story.. then an update after you realized what everyone was originally talking about.

  • Anonymous

    I like the Blur launcher.

  • Anonymous

    I like the Blur launcher.

    • Anonymous

      I was VERY close to flagging your comment. But, then I remembered that people are allowed to be morons. Nah, I’m just playing, you’re OK in my book. But, you’re still a moron. Nah, you’re alright.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/GAAUHG6LXRFI24LOH6X7SYDXBY Dan

    There appears to be a pattern here. The launch device for a particular Android version is a Google Experience Device, i.e, G1 launched with 1.x, DROID with Android 2.0, Nexus One with 2.01 (I think, or was it 2.1?), Nexus S with 2.3, XOOM with 3.0…

    • Anonymous

      except the launch device for 2.2 was the Droid 2 and the Droid Pro…and both were skinned

      • Anonymous

        Burn

    • Anonymous

      except the launch device for 2.2 was the Droid 2 and the Droid Pro…and both were skinned

    • Anonymous

      except the launch device for 2.2 was the Droid 2 and the Droid Pro…and both were skinned

  • Anonymous

    Why not do that to their phones

  • anthony

    I think alot of people jumped on to this story, beause they really want to get one, including myself. At $800 I might have to really think about it. Listen motorola, blur sucks, atleast give us an option to remove it if we feel like it.

  • http://twitter.com/KickingLettuce Eddie Roseberry

    7″ version please.

    • http://twitter.com/JoshStine10 Josh Stine

      yeah 7 and 10 with wifi option only!

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Time for a poll kellex:

    “Will you buy a Motorola XOOM?”

    With the options being “No”, “Hell No”, or “Uhhhh… guess I’ll get an iPad…”

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 Matt Galo

      Why? We don’t know the price point of the XOOM yet. That could be the highest version (3G/32GB) so it’ll be comparable to the 3G iPad. We will hopefully see lower price points for the XOOM.

    • http://twitter.com/mfg68 Matt Galo

      Why? We don’t know the price point of the XOOM yet. That could be the highest version (3G/32GB) so it’ll be comparable to the 3G iPad. We will hopefully see lower price points for the XOOM.

    • http://zombine.com Dr. Zombine

      No need to bash a device that doesn’t have official prices listed.

    • http://zombine.com Dr. Zombine

      No need to bash a device that doesn’t have official prices listed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615125234 Jack Doyle

    So did someone make up Jonathan Nattrass, drector of Android product management in Europe?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=615125234 Jack Doyle

    So did someone make up Jonathan Nattrass, drector of Android product management in Europe?

  • http://twitter.com/adamwjohnson5 Adam

    No idea why people jumped all over this rumor. It’s been made very clear this is a Google experience device.

  • http://twitter.com/adamwjohnson5 Adam

    No idea why people jumped all over this rumor. It’s been made very clear this is a Google experience device.

    • http://twitter.com/jbernard703 Jeff Bernard

      the HTC Incredible is listed as a google experience device so the idea that a google experience device cannot have blur seems a little misguided.

  • http://twitter.com/adamwjohnson5 Adam

    No idea why people jumped all over this rumor. It’s been made very clear this is a Google experience device.

  • http://twitter.com/adamwjohnson5 Adam

    No idea why people jumped all over this rumor. It’s been made very clear this is a Google experience device.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 Matt Galo

    The best part about this story is how quickly Motorola responded to the story. They MUST have seen the close to 100 comments stating how much they hate MotoBLUR. Hopefully this will impact their skinning decisions in the future.

    As for the XOOM costing $800, that is most likely not the price. How can they POSSIBLY expect to compete with the iPad at that price point? Only logical reasoning for that price is if it is a 3G/32GB model, similar to the iPad’s price point. They will hopefully give us lower models than that.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 Matt Galo

    The best part about this story is how quickly Motorola responded to the story. They MUST have seen the close to 100 comments stating how much they hate MotoBLUR. Hopefully this will impact their skinning decisions in the future.

    As for the XOOM costing $800, that is most likely not the price. How can they POSSIBLY expect to compete with the iPad at that price point? Only logical reasoning for that price is if it is a 3G/32GB model, similar to the iPad’s price point. They will hopefully give us lower models than that.

    • Anonymous

      I think you are missing a few zero’s at the end of that 100. :]

  • Haneyg

    I want XBMC on this too… the iPad has it.

  • Haneyg

    I want XBMC on this too… the iPad has it.

    • Anonymous

      Xbmc is freaking sweet. That plus a NAS wil make me happy.