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Motorola Announces a New Stock Android Device…it’s Not Headed to Verizon

Sprint just got done announcing a pair of upper echelon Motorola phones in NYC:  the Photon 4G and the Triumph.  Both phones are pretty impressive spec-wise, and while one of them does look like a giant angled-corner coaster, we’re here to talk about something else that grabbed our attention.  Anyone else notice that the Triumph (that’s actually headed to Virgin) is running stock Android?  Who would have thought that we’d ever see something this clean from Moto ever again?

We all know how big a fan Moto CEO Sanjay Jha is of his MotoBlur, so why is it that smaller carriers like Virgin are worthy of a stock experience, but not the big dogs like Verizon, Sprint, etc.?  Sure, it might be Froyo and not Gingerbread, single core processor instead of dual-core, but wouldn’t most of us take stock 2.2 over skinned 2.3 any day?  This guy sure would.  

So what’s the deal?  Are carriers asking for skins so they can differentiate between the devices to customers?  Could be, but when was the last time you walked into a store and a VZW rep said, “Well you could have TouchWiz, Blur or Sense…”?  I seriously couldn’t name one.

One of our readers went as far as to call this a “slap in the face” to long time Motorola supporters.  And seriously, I tend to agree with that.  How long have we all been asking for a stock experience from these guys (both Moto and Big Red)?  The only one we’ve seen to this day was the same phone that brought their entire company back from the dead – the original Motorola DROID.  Now, I’m no marketing or sales guru, but don’t you usually try to reproduce products that have had enormous amounts of success in the past?  “If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it” sort of thing?

Oh, and to add to the pain, here is a quick comparison I tossed together of the new DROID Bionic (more leaked pics) next to the Triumph since they look ridiculously similar.  Almost the exact same form factor (smaller screen on the Triumph though), only there is no chance in hell that the one on the left comes skinless.  So sad.  Can you imagine what new Moto hardware would do these days with an untouched OS?  Think back to all of the amazing tweaks, overclocks, and ROMs we put the OG through…

And I know this is all just me preaching to the choir, but I wanted to get all of your thoughts on it as you all tend to have much more entertaining responses than anyone else in this Android community.  So, any thoughts on a stock Moto device that will never see a major carrier?

  • Nick

    Does anybody know how I can file a complaint with Motorola? I want them to know their customers are extremely disappointed. My upgrade period from my original Motorola Droid starts July 6th and I really have no reason to upgrade right now. The phone works fine and it runs CyanogenMod 7. As a matter of fact, I get better performance out of my OG Droid with Cyanogen than any of the current offerings at Verizon. I was thinking about droid x2 or waiting for droid 3 but after this news about the triumph, I think I’m done with Motorola. 

    I’m just going to wait and see which Verizon phones become supported by CyanogenMod. 

    I would like to point Motorola this way:
    http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/05/cyanogenmod-android-hack/all/1
    and please read the comments here:
    http://www.engadget.com/2011/06/09/motoblur-name-phased-out-due-to-public-feedback/

  • Anonymous

    1 Ghz processor, 4.1 inch screen with WVGA resolution, two cameras, 512mb RAM, if this phone had been here a year ago August I wouldn’t have left for Verizon.

  • BillyBOB

    Stock Android or GTFO! Verizon…..SHAME ON YOU! It’s time to set sails and see what other carriers can offer. FU BIG RED! 10 years of a loyal customer and it has to end like this.

  • http://twitter.com/AndVidReview AndroidVidReview

    I agree, this really does feel like a slap in the face. Why are the devotes, power-users, who pay a ton for monthly fees (via their 2 year, locked in contracts) get stuck with MotoBlur, when prepaid users get stock Android. Please don’t tell me that Moto really thinks that MotoBlur is offering the more faithful users a “premium” UI/skin. 
    – Sherwinator
    http://www.androidvideoreview.net

  • http://twitter.com/mnkyhead mnkyhead

    hell, I might just switch to Virgin.

  • http://profiles.google.com/d.michaud333 Dakota Michaud

    This slap stings moto…..

  • http://twitter.com/__menthol d

    this might be the best looking android phone Moto has ever released. and of course, it’s not on verizon.

  • Anonymous

    The Triumph plan is also $25 a month including taxes, for unlimited data, texts and 300 min talk…. fml

  • Zeadaplaya

    hey hey hey dont let it get to you, patience young comrade, im on tmobile but still i mean come on comrade over 80% of the world right now cant even afford any of these android smartphones, so maybe you should be a little more thankful comrade.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=610663092 Jake Karrer

    This made my day, I recently switched from VZW to VM and have the Optimus V. It’s an OK Android device,but the monthly plans are what sold me. After reading this,VZW can Kiss my ass goodbye for good.For all the haters who say  “Get a real carrier”, I take my extra 75 bucks a month straight to the bank with a grin, and will pick up the Triumph on day one, with no contract and no VZW douche bags involved. Duces.

    • mocho

      i’m just waiting for the triumph to drop this summer and it will goodbye to big red. i’m sick of contracts and overpaying every month

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    I’m happy with my Nexus S 4G.  I don’t have to jump through hoops at the mercy of a carrier or manufacturer to get what I wanted all along.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lanech Lane Chaplin

    I’m happy with my Nexus S 4G.  I don’t have to jump through hoops at the mercy of a carrier or manufacturer to get what I wanted all along.

  • Droid_Life

    Here’s a thought Motorola. Differentiate yourself from the competition by allowing users to customize the experience based on a pure g-vanilla OS which are truly less buggy and have a minimalist attraction, your over-visualized blur is giving us a headache.