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New MotoBlur Allows for Quick Text Message Replies to Ignored Calls

With the new MotoBlur that comes over top of the leaked Gingerbread (Android 2.3) that we’ve been talking non-stop about for days, there is this nifty little feature that allows you to ignore incoming calls and then quickly reply to them via text message.  As you can see from the screenshot above, this is the pop-up I received immediately after hitting ignore to a call that just came through.  There are some stock messages already built in, but it also allows you to create your own quick hitter which is a bonus.  You can also turn it off completely if you’d like.

Any other tips like this that you guys have stumbled across?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000093360380 Elik Namonyuk

    whats the theme on that?

  • JP

    A MotoBlur feature that’s actually useful – C’mon Moto, I’m rooting for you. Hey Verizon, release it as an OTA update already!

  • http://profiles.google.com/zshazz Chris Cain

    Looks like a cool feature.

  • thumper

    did you notice there is a sleep mode now also when hitting the power button? i just wish there was a reboot button also…

  • KO

    Sense does this, and so does that garbage that LG puts on their phones

  • KO

    Sense does this, and so does that garbage that LG puts on their phones

  • Anonymous

    Contact history pulldown at the top of contact info
    longpress home takes you to recent page of actual apply drawer

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    I like this blur its nice its like I got a new x its sweet

    The texting app is different now too

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    I like this blur its nice its like I got a new x its sweet

    The texting app is different now too

  • http://twitter.com/TuxDotKing Avichi Suite

    How hard would it be to pull the framework and port the new Blur to another phone? I know this is going to sounds like blasphemy to you all… But I want to try it on my Nexus S.

  • Bullet Tooth Tony

    It was only a matter of time before they made Blur respectable. Glad to see it happening so quickly… it’s been just over a year of existance now. But it seems really like Blur is becoming less of a skin, and more of a stock+widget type of experience.

  • Anonymous

    I wish we could turn off “MotoBlur” completely if we liked.

  • Anonymous

    I know this ODD but will there or is there a ROM out there that i can try out on my OG droid that has blur?

  • Anonymous

    I know this ODD but will there or is there a ROM out there that i can try out on my OG droid that has blur?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, an actual nice feature from BLUR. So I guess that makes two, text message replies to missed calls and being able to pull updates from the server rather than having to wait for the update to meander to your phone on its own time. Any other neat features of BLUR to make up for its other fail?

  • Jack

    Be sure to send htc a thank you note for coming up with this idea and implementing it in Sense some time ago.

  • Sep

    Why can’t these auto-replies ever use proper grammar? A few commas and periods aren’t going to kill you.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      not really important since its a quick text. so who cares?

  • Anonymous

    there are so many features you didn’t cover in your video

    like stock android, recent calls by the same contact are grouped now (awesome)
    contact list now has the alphabet listed on the side to scroll up and down on (awesome)
    favorites now has “most likely” with the top 3 most contacted contacts easily accessible (awesome)
    orientation changes now have an animation, makes the gui look more fluid (awesome)
    keyboard now has the top row available for long press of 0-9 numbers (awesome)
    the notification bar is now transparent when pulled down (neat)

    I am actually loving blur now.. if only they updated the horrific looking widgets I think it would be excellent

  • amujee

    This’ll come in handy when I’m on the can!

  • amujee

    This’ll come in handy when I’m on the can!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      LOL

  • SamIam

    Is the Quick launch (keyboard shortcuts) new? I don’t remember it being there before.

    Settings>Application Settings>Quick Launch

    On my X it allows you to setup shortcuts to any app by hitting search & then a key on the soft-keyboard

  • amcmearty

    is the non rooted version still available? i tried DL’ing it and it says it was removed. does anyone have another link besides the one on this site? or was this like a limited time deal?

    • Anonymous

      I’m curious as to why you would be looking for the non-rooted version. Seeing as your phone would have to be rooted to install the non-rooted rom.

    • Anonymous

      I’m curious as to why you would be looking for the non-rooted version. Seeing as your phone would have to be rooted to install the non-rooted rom.

    • Anonymous

      I’m curious as to why you would be looking for the non-rooted version. Seeing as your phone would have to be rooted to install the non-rooted rom.

  • manderko

    Hey yall, I went to rooted GB and now my phone is syuck in roaming…help would be greatly appreciated

  • manderko

    Hey yall, I went to rooted GB and now my phone is syuck in roaming…help would be greatly appreciated

  • manderko

    Hey yall, I went to rooted GB and now my phone is syuck in roaming…help would be greatly appreciated

    • manderko

      nm…just reactivated it…ran a quadrant for fun on GB overclocked to 1.45…2351…wowzers

  • Tcanderson2

    Kellex, where can I find that wallpaper?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674902817 Zach Davis

    Woah, that’s a sweet background. What is it?

    ^
    For those who don’t know what sarcasm is, that is it :P

  • Jawshua

    Ewww, finally the mobile version of the site is working only to find out it now has ads on it… thanks….

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    • Anonymous

      Why would you want to go to the mobile version? This isn’t 2005.

  • Anonymous

    HTC sense 1.0 had this feature….

  • Anonymous

    HTC sense 1.0 had this feature….

    • Anonymous

      is it on my tbolt? wishing i had the evo 3d on vzw…with a kickstand…lol…until i get sense 3.0?….

      • Anonymous

        Hit menu when someone calls you and hit message or something. You can set it
        up to automatically send a certain message defined by you. Pretty cool. You
        just tap two buttons and you’re off!

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          Thunderbolt is really a great device I love light leakage, and charging when its on the kickstand, oh yeah I love that I can hear people when i talk on the phone, also love the fact you’have to rip the battery door off, and another thing glad that thy have an extended battery that kes my phone look like zac morris phone just to get 8 hrs out of the thing, one more glad my widgets load when i unlock the phone too its awesome man do I love that cheap pos phone….

          /s

          • http://profiles.google.com/zshazz Chris Cain

            We get it, you don’t like the Tbolt. When the Bionic comes out with it’s various issues, I hope you don’t mind me responding to every message you make with similar “witty” replies.

  • Ignored phone call

    “So, uhh, I saw on your blog that you ignored my call.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanielnewmanmusic Nathaniel Newman

    If I can install GB and not loose my current layout THEN root. I’m all in!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      sucks for you then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nathanielnewmanmusic Nathaniel Newman

    I just want the FM Radio .apk from GB

  • http://twitter.com/s_hamilton S. Hamilton

    About that wallpaper… :P

  • http://twitter.com/s_hamilton S. Hamilton

    About that wallpaper… :P

    • Anonymous

      Wht about it. Its been posted a million time. Its light grid pro. In the market for .99.

  • versusxiii

    Can anyone pull the framework for this and toss it over to me? I want to theme other phones with the new Blur.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      you do it.

      • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

        i like your think in guy

  • Anonymous

    8mp for PANORAMA! Wooooo!

    Moto listened to my feature request :)

    now to that bootloader…

  • Shnyda

    My Wife’s Nokia did this 3 years ago, Ive been lusting for it eversince

  • Anonymous

    What, is that an actual +1 for blur. Quick, I think hell just froze over,

    • Anonymous

      No kidding. I had to check my calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st.

  • Anonymous

    While new ninja Blur is much much better….

    HTC Sense has done this for some time.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      HTC sense is good but common man get off the sense nutz for a post gawd

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/EOCvPaxnrPJtI2DmEi.NDzeZDkF3#95230 eggsalad

    i wish i could somehow let callers know that i’m driving and can’t pick up. this is why i miss 99% of my missed calls.

    i’ve started to use Do Not Disturb in Google Voice for a kinda-sorta solution to this.

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/EOCvPaxnrPJtI2DmEi.NDzeZDkF3#95230 eggsalad

    i wish i could somehow let callers know that i’m driving and can’t pick up. this is why i miss 99% of my missed calls.

    i’ve started to use Do Not Disturb in Google Voice for a kinda-sorta solution to this.

  • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

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  • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

    Here’s the bigger question….Moto devices (D2G and DroidPro) running FroYo and Blur have had major issues with email push over Exchange via Corporate Sync. Does the new Blur fix that issue? I’m curious to know if it does, because the company I work for needs that feature to work.

    • Anonymous

      If I used exchange I would look into that, but I don’t. Sorry! Gmail is my best friend.

    • DroidzFX

      I work for a Hosted Exchange company and have not personally encountered any issues with the new or the old blur applications. But I am on a Exchange 2007 and dont save every messages that comes to me. So not sure exactly where your issue was but Exchange on Android works best if you have Exchange 2007 and less than 20,000 items total in your mailbox.

      • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

        This is a known issue that Moto has been working on for months now. See https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/40791?start=0&tstart=0 for more details, but the bottom line is that CorpSync just stops getting Push emails, usually after the device goes to standby but not always. Sometimes rebooting or even reconfiguring it doesn’t get it working again, and it doesn’t seem to be specific to 2007 or 2010. We’ve seen similar issues with our Exchange environment as well.

        • DroidzFX

          I dont need to read it I am already aware of said problem. I deal with people all day who have said issue. I am saying I have never seen the issue happen to me personally. I see more people complain that are on Exg 2003 than later versions. Also if you have more than 20,000 items in your mailbox( mail, contacts, calendar events) you run a greater chance of having issues.

          • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

            yeah, this is a large corporate environment here, and most of our users that would use EAS/CS would likely have more than 20k total items between inbox, contacts and calendars, but not all. We’re in the process of moving from 07 to 2010 and seeing it all over the place, it doesn’t seem to discriminate.

          • Anonymous

            I’ve run into this same problem with Blur phones. The best workaround seems to be Touchdown. If you find a solution, let me know.

          • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

            I’m hoping the new OS and Blur fixed it, just trying to get some confirmations from anyone that might be using it already :)

          • Anonymous

            Hope in one hand, shit in the other and see which fills up faster.

            Haha, couldn’t resist. I’d hope so too, but Motorola just doesn’t seem to care about the Exchange community. I’ve seen a lot of companies turned off Android all together and suggesting to people to get an iphone or WP7 instead. It’s sad really. My company does support for lots of other companies and this is happening way too much to not be a priority for Motorola.

          • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

            yeah and this from a company that released the DroidPro specifically to knock Blackberry down a notch or 2. Nice play.

      • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

        This is a known issue that Moto has been working on for months now. See https://supportforums.motorola.com/thread/40791?start=0&tstart=0 for more details, but the bottom line is that CorpSync just stops getting Push emails, usually after the device goes to standby but not always. Sometimes rebooting or even reconfiguring it doesn’t get it working again, and it doesn’t seem to be specific to 2007 or 2010. We’ve seen similar issues with our Exchange environment as well.

    • Anonymous

      I work for a tech support company and can tell you there are tons of issues with Motoblur devices and exchange. My best suggestion if you can’t get it working with the server is Touchdown by Nitrodesk. Do you get any specific errors when you try to set it up?

      • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

        it isn’t a setup issue, Push just stops….well, pushing

        • Anonymous

          Thats what she said.

        • DroidzFX

          check and see what the total item count is on your mailbox

          • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

            next time someone calls about it I’ll check that. I’m just front line help desk here, I don’t actually get a corporate phone so it doesn’t affect me personally aside from taking calls on it. I’m simply trying to gather info for our IT folks as most of them aren’t as active in the Android community as I’ve tried to be. Most times I know what’s coming before they do :D

          • DroidzFX

            I understand. I should say I support IT support. We provide Exchange services to IT companies that provide Exchange so Im not pulling these answers out of thin air. Check the mailbox you may be surprised how big it actually is.

          • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

            LMAO I’ve seen users with 20gb PST files, nothing would surprise me. We just gave everyone a 5gb mailbox limit, up from 600mb then 2gb. I can only imagine the nightmares that’s going to cause down the road.

          • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

            LMAO I’ve seen users with 20gb PST files, nothing would surprise me. We just gave everyone a 5gb mailbox limit, up from 600mb then 2gb. I can only imagine the nightmares that’s going to cause down the road.

          • DroidzFX

            Outlook itself was never designed to handle that much mail and its performance degrades as mailboxes get larger. So its really no surprise to me when a mobile device cant do it. Users just need to learn to Archive. You dont need to access a message from 5 years ago from every device you touch.

          • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

            you’re preaching to the choir on that one my friend!

          • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

            you’re preaching to the choir on that one my friend!

      • DroidzFX

        Most issues are due to the sizes of users mailboxes. Some people cant just get rid of mail and then they wonder why the phone cant sync 10 GB worth of data.

  • Anonymous

    HTC Sense has had that for a long time. You just hit the menu key while ringing.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Cool’story bro

    • Dj

      Sounds like With the HTC you have to do more and do it in a certian time with the HTC it sounds like to me you almost might as well answer the call and tell them yourself real quick since you have to press buttons well it is still ringing See that is a Plus to me on the Motoblur because I could just take a little more time to do something about it

      • http://profiles.google.com/zshazz Chris Cain

        Hah… so Motoblur has fanboys now? The gingerbread version is very nice and it’s the first time I could say I wouldn’t mind Motoblur, but come on.

        Both ways are good, but if we’re going to talk about which way does it “better”, sense is obviously better. Motoblur will ask you every time you ignore a call if you want to send a text message. Sense asks you only if you hit the menu button. Both ways have the same number of “interactions” to respond with a text message. Sense has 1 fewer interactions to NOT respond with a text.

        • Larry

          Motoblur, Sense, Touchwiz, they all suck, so you are really comparing a bad itch, to a rash here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Aaron-Rose/100000483772011 Aaron Rose

    Good idea… I’m surprised this isn’t an app yet (or maybe it is?)

  • Anonymous

    No “stop calling you crazy b***h!”?

    • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

      LOL

    • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

      LOL

    • Anonymous

      I was at a stop-light when I read this. I actually had to pull off the road when the light turned green because I was laughing so much. I nominate this for comment of the month.

      • Anonymous

        If you make enough jokes one of them has to be good from time to time. Haha.

    • Mike

      seriously…exactly what i’d add…for real.

    • Guest

      i think it’s just sad that guys give out numbers and do certain things, then run away and make insults after. Cameran Diaz said it best in Vanilla Sky. =p

  • tbaybe

    i didnt realize that this did that!?!?!

    • Anonymous

      Non of us call u anyway.

  • Anonymous

    What… is this!? You’re saying something about MotoBlur is “nifty”?

    • Anonymous

      Sorry, should have prepped you for that comment. :(

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_ohh Daniel Ogilvie

        Let’s just refer to it as GingerBlur from now for clarity. =)

        • Anonymous

          I second this motion.

        • Anonymous

          I second this motion.

    • http://twitter.com/Tcalight Tcal

      I found MotoBlur “nifty” when it debuted on my ol’ Motorola Cliq. Then again, it could just be me…