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Ice Cream Sandwich for the GSM Motorola RAZR Leaks, Our First Look at Blurwich

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Ready to see Motorola’s early plans for Ice Cream Sandwich and Blur (Blurwich?)? Thanks to a leaked Android 4.0.3 build for the GSM RAZR, we get exactly that. At first glance, you can definitely see Moto’s icon set, although it appears to be slightly unfinished. The browser icon that is included in these pictures is of the stock ICS browser, so we could see that change. The camera app also doesn’t look any different than what we have now, but the lock screen most definitely is with its 4-option approach. Also, you will notice that the home screens are essentially unBlurred, something that has to change, right? This is most definitely an early, early build that may see a dramatic turn for the worse by the time it reaches our handsets. So far, it doesn’t look all that bad.

Verizon DROID RAZR owners, no you cannot flash this. The file is available at the source link below if you would like to poke around in it though. 

  

  

Via:  DroidRzr

Cheers Josh and arcanexvi!

  • http://www.fever18.com/ Rahul Gupta

    Great one ! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://twitter.com/JONvsLEE Jonathan Lee

    We’re calling this the “Blurwich Project”, right?

    • Anonymous

      lol

  • Anonymous

    I like!

  • Anonymous

    It seems progress is being made. I can live without ICS but will take it when it is available. 

    • Anonymous

      You wouldnt be able to live without ICS if youve been running it for a fewbdays… irsbprettyvincredible

  • ILuvSoPA

    Finally… Blur really does enhance Android this time :)

  • C-Law

    Ok if that’s the new blur, as long as they start unlocking or provide a tool from day 1 on new phones, I would not have a problem at all switching from Samsung’s poor reception.

  • Zimmick47

    When will the droid bionic get ice cream sandwich?

    • Bionic

      by june according to reports

  • http://www.droid-life.com Gary

    Well I like Blur social network, social status, and news widgets, so I guess i like blur. really doesn’t bother me as long as I get those widgets

  • Jim McClain

    so its gets ics before the nexus gets its speaker,camera,radios fixed?   damn

  • Android One Eight Hundred

    Put this in Droid 4 on launch day and you might as well say it’s already in my pocket.

  • Anonymous

    Those icons look so dated they should make the browser icon the Netscape Navigator one to make it the true web 1.0 feel they are going for.

  • Alexander Garcia

    Nice! I like what I’m seeing so far!  =)

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    I think consistently, Motorola hardware has been better than samsung in every way except for Cameras. Call quality, both against your ear and speakerphone, are always excellent on Motorola phones. So I think the Razr Max with ICS will be a hell of a phone, as will be any of Motorala’s handsets including the Bionic. 

    (I used a Samsung Fascinate in between a Droid X, iPhone 4 and now a Droid Bionic. Was happily surprised, and reminded, of how good Motorola hardware is when I got the Bionic.)

  • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

    I’m hoping ICS for the Bionic is not to far away then. 

  • Zebra

    That lockscreen is hideous 

  • Penis

    KELLEX TRIED TO BLOCK MY IP!  OMFG LOL HAHAHA!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

    Ya know, I just noticed that the “help” overlays are in two different languages.  Early build indeed…..

  • Anonymous

    Oh man I’m excited for this now seeing that they may not go blur-crazy
    When did moto say this is gona be available?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      6 months

      /troll

      • Anonymous

        What’s with the troll comment? It was a legitimate question…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002918282828 Christopher Grame

    You know if it wasn’t for that disgusting verizon logo squeezed in on the razr i would actually buy the maxx when it came out.  I’m spoiled by the look of the nexus =.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I base all of my decisions on logo placement, not on actualy functionality, quality or battery life.

    • babadush

      The pure black front of the nexus is beautiful.

    • babadush

      The pure black front of the nexus is beautiful.

  • http://www.flayme.com/troll/ bananabait

    my razr just got a hardon

  • DaGreen1

    I see a USASPYDER there.

    Guess it’s still going by the codename.

  • Sdfsd

    Motorola should just stick with the stock icons at least. Their proprietary icons look hideous. 

    • Kierra

      lol ICS icons are even more hideous

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremygross60 Jeremy Gross

    looking good

  • Anonymous

    Dear Google,

    Now that you own Moto, please fire Jha and his Blur Bootlocker Brigade.

    Sincerely,
    Screaming for Vanilla Ice Cream

    • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

      Google doesn’t own Moto yet, the acquisition still has to be approved by other groups.

      /common knowledge

  • http://www.jamesbriano.com James Briano

    OMG it’s all in Italian! They’re gonna be criticized for sure.

  • Anonymous

    this looks like pictures from the first moment they got ICS running on a motorola device.  they haven’t even begun to slaughter the OS yet.  i wouldn’t get your hopes up.

  • Ben Ciotti

    After moving from the OG to the RAZR this holiday, I was expecting a
    terrible experience with Blur.  However, I have been pleasantly
    surprised. Many of the customizations they added are actually useful and
    unobtrusive.  They add a few basic apps that google never seems to put
    on their stock builds (e.g. a timer). That said, they should unlock the
    bootloader so those that want to “opt-out” of the Blur experience have
    that option. 

    • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

      I wholeheartedly agree with you Ben. :-)

    • Mark

      Bravo. My thoughts exactly.

    • http://www.flayme.com/troll/ bananabait

      if motorola would actually offer a future rendition of the razr that was “nexus” style(ie vanilla) I would have no need whatsoever to modify it. I know in my dreams…

    • http://www.getintonursing.com/ Jon

      I’ve always thought the same even with earlier build of blur on the Droid X. It’s not at all bad once you get rid of the atrocious Widgets. Other than the widgets, they do a good job of adding a few little thing here and there that are nice additions. 

      That being said, I’ve always just run Zeam launcher anyway. I had ICS on my Samsung Fascinate for a bit, and I definately liked the default launcher better than anything else. It just will take some time before good custom launchers for ICS show up (if that hasn’t happened already). 

      Zeam for ICS anyone?  

    • Anonymous

      Yup.. ppl are dumb blur adds a lot of features that should have been in the vanilla android like ending a call from the noti bar… use a diff launcher skip the widgets and bam… what complaints?

  • Anonymous

    frankenwich

  • Anonymous

    I must be a total newb, but I think it looks pretty good.
    Then again, I’m no purist.

  • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

    Well done so far Moto.  ICS is still raw in my opinion.  

    For all those who scream about how fantastic ICS is stock: how many of you actually USE it stock?  No rom, no 3rd party launcher, no enchanced lockscreen controls, no camera app, no dialer/sms/gallery app, no root, no update to 4.0.3 (not officially released yet).  No additional pulldown widgets, nothing that increases or updates the base functionality in any way?  Crickets?  I thought so.

    Ye who is without skin, cast the first stone :-)

    • Anonymous

      I’m with this fella, I prefer new touchwiz and new blur to stock. But thats just my pref
      (throws smoke bomb and disappears)

      • Anonymous

        TW looks too much like iOS.  But the new Blur adds a lot to stock GB, which was desperately needed.  Will be interesting to see the add features to ICS that are to come.

      • Kinda agree

        TouchWiz has come a long way, IMO

    • Highwire

      I use none of the above and know at least a dozen other GNex users who are the same way. ICS is simply elegant.

      I seriously doubt you have really experienced ICS or you wouldn’t be spewing such crazy talk. 

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        I am certainly happy that you and your assciations are enjoying Google’s latest software.   I am not saying that Blur, or TW, or Sense are better or worse than stock.  I’m merely astounded and amused that the people who are the most vociferously against any manufacturer skinning usually apply some fairly heavy modifications to their own (non-)stock experiences (and thusly have, themselves, skinned the stock UI).

      • Tim242

        I love most of ICS, but the launcher is hideous. The persistent search bar was in my way. The dock is not customizable. It is too big…and what’s with the line? Had to install ADW EX.

    • Anonymous

      4.0.3 is official for Prime and Xoom. :P

      • http://www.facebook.com/jerryhuster Jerry Huster

        Not the Xoom LTE…

        • Anonymous

          People actually bought that one?

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            Yep.  And large number of people have purchased the GNex.  Which still doesn’t have an official build of 4.0.3 available for OTA update either. :-)

          • Anonymous

            I have one. Well upgraded free to LTE by Moto. I have ICS on mine….but Im not supposed to admit that….so nevermind what I said. 

          • Anonymous

            I have one. Well upgraded free to LTE by Moto. I have ICS on mine….but Im not supposed to admit that….so nevermind what I said. 

    • Eculhotidof

      You’re an idiot. The gnex has an unlocked bootloader. Its supposed to be able to have roms. And its still aosp based. So why would you go on your stupid little rant when most rims are aosp based and just have features added in? Why would anybody buy a nexus to keep it stock? Stop trying to play the devils advocate. Its annoying.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        Not playing devil’s advocate, I’m simply stating the intrinsic contradiction and hypocrisy of people who espouse that skinned ROMs from manufacturers are terrible while they run themes, ROMs, and personalized “skins” through stock replacement apps.  In this case, the manufacturer is simply putting in all the work for you.

        And FYI, ALL manufacturer skins are built on AOSP.  EVERY SINGLE ONE.  Ball’s in your court.

        And, let’s keep this civil.  I am not calling your or anyone else’s intelligence into question, so please don’t belittle mine.

        • Anonymous

          This is a very, very salient point. I remember always wanting to run “AOSP” Gingerbread on my OG Droid, but I still wanted a few extra features and I always wanted a theme. How many normal consumers will root, ROM, and theme? How many will even get a homescreen replacement, or an app to help out the lockscreen? Let’s face it: the modern, manufacturer skins are a step up from stock without any mods. This helps Android to be polished and beautiful for the masses (though it will never be up to the greatness of the entire ROM community). Google is even embracing this with their new theming tools for ICS.

        • babadush

          I think the difference is we get to pick our theme and don’t have to live with a skin.

    • Anonymous

      I use a 3rd party launcher for 280dpi support, and I have rooted to get my Search button back. Other than that, yes, I did leave it completely stock.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        I’m glad you’re enjoying your experience.  My comment is primarily aimed at those who are acting like stock ICS is the most fantastic thing in the world, anything else complete trash, and yet they “fix” their own phones with features and items that are not pure AOSP compilations.

        • Justin Ellis

          You will not find many people who love stock ICS, but dont think CM9 is much better than stock ICS. Stock ICS > ALL skins. CM9 > stock ICS. Either way, you’re just butthurt that Moto isnt everybody’s favorite anymore.  

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            Now, where on earth did you get that impression?  Sure, I own a Motorola device, and I love the features they’ve added.  But please don’t imply what isn’t expressly written.
            CM9 IS a skin of stock ICS, hence the contradiction I was speaking of earlier.  Changing the AOSP code in a way which changes the look or increases/adds functionality is the very definition of skinning.

            I’m happy that you are enjoying your purchase, and the early builds of CM9.  But saying that CM9 is not a skin of stock is just flat not true.

          • M0NK

            CM9 is open sourced, so Google could take some of the modifications and implement them in future versions of Android (Actually it happened with some CM7 features that now are stock in ICS). All the other skins are propietary and the new features cannot be implemented in AOSP

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            I’m sorry, but this information is somewhat incorrect. True, each manufacturer has their own features that they develop, but since the source code is released for public use, any and all modifications could be rolled into AOSP.  That is the reason that open source software is so powerful, as many people and companies work in parallel to improve upon each other’s work.

          • Justin Ellis

            The fact is yes, some people complain about skins saying they want “pure android”, only to flash a HIDEOUS theme. To me, their customizations are horrid and fugly. So i really cant argue with that. 

            However, i would disagree that CM9 is a skin. CM right out of the box looks no different than a stock google build. Its just a modified build of Android, that adds in super useful and functional features, that i couldnt go without even on a pure android phone. 

            And yes, ive been flashing CM9 nightlies ever since theyve been built. http://rootzwiki.com/topic/12732-romcdma-cm9-kang-updated-124-845pm-mst/

            I agree with your main point though, people shouldnt harp on “pure android” being perfect, only to go flash ROMS and totally change the look. They should be instead be harping on the fact that they have the ability to flash whatever, while motorola guys really cant until Moto starts to be more dev friendly. You wont catch me saying ICS is perfect, because i for one, cant go without features like pull down toggles, built in tethering, adding the search button soft key, the modified quick controls in the browser, and on and on and on. 

        • NorCalDroid

          The point of Vanilla is that you are able to make it your own and not have to live with what ever the manufacture decides is best for you. This is why vanilla Nexus with an unlockable bootloader is king when compared to piece of junk. Its 10x safer to mod on a Nexus than anything else

          • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

            I certainly agree with the gist of your statements.  I’m not sure what “junk” you’re referring to, but I certainly wouldn’t call any of the high-end devices released in the past 4-6 months “junk”, whether they have a manufacturer skin or not.  I’m glad that you are enjoying your stock experience, brought to you by Google and the AOSP :-)

          • Anonymous

            I have to say I wouldn’t use Touchwiz or Blur based on the icons alone. Those things are hideous.

          • Anonymous

            I have to say I wouldn’t use Touchwiz or Blur based on the icons alone. Those things are hideous.

        • http://www.facebook.com/TJHRULZ tjhrulz

          Complete change (blur) and making it a new color or adding drop (Simple tweaks) are different, I do not mind either and will try them both my issues is being stuck with one option and not being able to chose 

    • Scott

      “Yet who is without skin, cast the first stone :-)”

      Funny!

    • http://twitter.com/newtabletreview New Tablet Reviews

      I use it completely stock on my LTE Galaxy Nexus. I haven’t found a need for a new launcher, or anything else. I like it to work and it does so perfectly well, and reliably fast. 

      • Tim242

        Stock launcher is hideous

        • Guest

          stfu

        • babadush

          How many times are you going to say that?

        • babadush

          How many times are you going to say that?

      • Anonymous

        Same.. ICS is absolutely perfect but 2 things i would rom it up for

        1) ability to add at least one more button in lock screen (mute/unmute would be nice)
        2) power control including lte widget in the noti bar

        If google adds these in a future update this OS will be perfect.. ICS is pretty incresible really i have yet to have a force close or restart after 3 weeks of owning a gnex i

    • Jeres88

      *grabs some stones*

      I have no skins, no launcher or app replacements for anything AOSP.

      This is the first phone that I feel doesn’t need a ROM.

      Is it perfect? No, but it’s better and less buggy than any Rom out there.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        :ducks and hopes you’re a terrible shot:

        I wasn’t implying that the stock ui is terrible by any means; I think it looks great.  But I’m annoyed at the people who act holier-than-thou when they “personalize [their] phone the way they want”, yet spew such hateful vitriol against a manufacturer doing the exact same thing, only on a much larger scale.

        • Magnus

          Except with something like CyanogenMod you get to pick how you want to customize it.  Which lock screen do i want? this one – what widgets do i want on the notification blind? these oh wait I don’t want any okay disable notification pulldown widgets.

          • Anonymous

            For some, is CM better than stock? Will an average consumer ever root/ROM/theme? If you answered “yes” and “no,” you should be for manufacturers essentially ROMing and theming the stock UI so that average consumers get a polished experience, because this will help to bring the idea of Android as a premium handset into the minds of the masses.

      • Tim242

        Stock launcher is hideous

        • Guest

          stfu

          • Tim242

            Yes daddy.

            Sent from my Galaxy Nexus

    • E Diddy

      UM…. I use ICS completely bone stock and I haven’t felt the need to alter or add anything. ICS is much more polished than GB or Froyo.

      • Tim242

        Stock launcher is hideous

        • Guest

          we don’t care

          • Tim242

            Register already.

            Sent from my Galaxy Nexus

    • http://twitter.com/crankerchick Latise

      I use mine stock. Booyah. Same with my original Droid. Can’t stand skins.

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        I am glad that you enjoy the stock UI implementation (and hats off for sticking with it from eclair :shudder:).

      • Tim242

        Stock launcher is hideous

        • Guest

          we don’t care

    • Potato

      I use stock. Stock ICS is a awesome experience. Ask any Galaxy Nexus owner not under Verizon (who forced apps into the OS)

      • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

        I still fail to see how the inclusion of two apps in the app drawer “ruins” the Nexus experience (is it the priciple at stake, I suppose?), but I digress.

        I am glad that you and others like you are enjoying the stock ICS experience.  It really is a great step forward for the OS.

        • Potato

          I think you replied to the wrong comment. I never said the experience was ruined.

    • Matthew Rosidivito

      Actually, becides root for a WiFi Teather application, I’m really all stock, not even a third party launcher. Going further, I ran blurless APEX on my old Droid X and crave nothing other than stock, barebones, as-intended Android.

      That said, I’m not above trying out different skins at all. I really hope Moto made a solid skin here.

    • Vonny571

      I do. Rooted so I have access to some tethering options, but everything else bone stock and loving it. Are you going to stand still while I find a rock I like?

    • Anonymous

      “Ye who is without skin, cast the first stone”
      Won’t be me…I’m european style ;-)

    • Anonymous

      I use it completely stock, aside from some widgets.  No ROM, no 3rd party launcher, no camera app.    Actually, I lied, I do use a different gallery app, but for now that is it.   

      I have it rooted, and have tried some ROMs but so far nothing has really improved the overall look and feel of stock ICS.  Blur, TW, and Sense all sure as hell come nowhere close to the pleasurable experience ICS has.

  • Anonymous

    what do the motorolas, samsungs and htcs of the world say to their devs when it comes to skinning? “hey, we want you to bastardize this os as much as possible. really make it look repugnant.” why? just why?

    • Tim242

      Your definition of bastardizing is their definition of making Android usable for the masses. If stock was the only choice, Android’s market share would not be what it is. I now have a Nexus. Love it, for the most part. Launcher is awful. I miss some of the Sense features from my Thunderbolt.

  • ddevito

    looks pretty good…kudos

  • EC8CH

    LEAVE ICECREAMSANDWICH ALONE!

    • Anonymous

      It looks like we’re back on GingerBlur again. A lot of wasted effort to downgrade an awesome OS… :’(

      • Anonymous

        They changed the lockscreen its not the end of the world. Camera is stock, launcher is stock. In fact if you decompile it they actually didnt change much at all. 

        • Anonymous

          They removed the awesome look of ice cream sandwich…I like what they did with the lock screen, but they basically are destroying quite a bit of android’s awesomeness. They are spending both time and money to downgrade android…that is what angers me.

          • Anonymous

            ??? They removed the awesome look of ICS? By moving the lock screen to the middle and giving you more options?!?! 

            Dude they havnt changed anything else. You are flipping out over nothing. Tell me what “awesome look” they are “destroying”. You do realize these pics are from the december build of ICS for Motor…..wait Im not supposed to admit that…scratch that last statement. 

          • Anonymous

            I said I love what they did with the lock screen. Minimal adjustment and added options are always good.

          • Anonymous

            So wait a second first you say they are “destroying” the “awesome look” then you say you love it? Like I said, you are flipping out over nothing. Theyre gonna add more widgets and smart actions but most of it wont change. 

            BTW I did notice these are Jan 17th build pics not Dec 28ths. My bad. Ive just seen ICS for awhile on Moto devices. Devices. Meaning plural. 

          • Anonymous

            No I said I hate it overall. Generally, I strongly dislike their decisions. The lock screen is one exception I found in the listed screen shots. I love what they did with the lock screen specifically, but not the OS in general.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Kirk/1386021939 James Kirk

            I started with the original moto droid and watched how they updated android os to their phones for the past 3 years and that’s all they do is downgrade the original to make it work on their phones.

            I love motorola hardware but they suck at software, and they always dumb down/ ruin android os to work on their phones. 

            Hopefully when google fully controls moto they’ll be able to put stock os on the phones without tampering

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

          This is an unfinished build from Moto.  You can bet that they will have changed a lot more by the time this is officially released.  

    • Bewara2009

      That’s copy right!….

    • Anonymous

      Look at the leaks for the HTC Ville with Sense 4.0…and maybe some of yall wont hate on Moto so much…

  • Dave

    Aw they couldn’t have stuck with black for the notification bar? Oh well. Seems like it isn’t as intrusive as other OEM UIs. I guess we’ll see soon enough. 

  • Jordan
    • Anonymous

      Did you patent it?

      • Jordan

        im in the process of it, all i have to do is prove that i said it first right? …. ?

        • Anonymous

          If you ask Apple…….no.

    • Highwire

      You may pick up your cookie at the front desk

    • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

       wanna cookie?

      • Jordan

        bet your sweet tits i do.

        • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

          Edit: :( didnt display correctly

          • Anonymous

            (.v.) ?

    • Anonymous

      You definitely need to sue.

      • Anonymous

        apple probably patented it much longer ago than he did, just to be safe

  • Gottheguds112

    Kellex:

    The Blur Witch Project

    ::exit stage left::

  • Michael Forte

    Of all the Blur apps, the only one that is any better than stock is the dialer. I hate the Blur Gallery and Camera apps most. ICS is so beautiful, it’s a shame to see the manufacturers skin it.

  • Anonymous

    I like the lock screen… it appears to give the ability to choose 3 app’s to launch upon unlocking like how Widget Locker works. Blur on the Moto RAZR is quite good IMO, so much that I don’t have the zeal to root my phone.

  • Naga Appani

    Moto did a great job so far on coding the ICS, the new blur is almost identical to Android Stock launcher with panels conecpt…. So far I am loving, We can use for Daily build… Amazing… Now, I proudly say there’s nothing better than RAZR…. LMAO………

  • Anonymous

    Looks to be the least intrusive of all the UIs to date.  Every version of Blur seems to get better and better while Sense and TW look worse and worse.

    • Anonymous

      its funny you say it gets better and better because pretty much every revision gets closer to stock.

      • Anonymous

        Hence why it looks better and is less intrusive.

        • Anonymous

          it makes it funnier to see people who say they love blur, over stock. Then when a new version comes out they say its even better.(not directed at you, just on topic)

          • Anonymous

            No its true.  I like Blur in the Droid 3/Bionic and Razr/Droid 4 versions.  I have no problem with skins since older versions of Android, IMO, needed something.  Stock was very boring and missing some features that the skins had.  But ICS is much more polished (using it on my Xoom) so the UIs don’t need to be so intrusive anymore.

          • Tony Allen

            I despise Blur on my Bionic. In fact, it’s the main factor in my disliking of my Bionic. They finally got the radio issues straightened away with the last update. It’s a good solid phone now. I’m just tired of blur. I’ve flashed a few other roms, but none of them are 100%. So here I am stuck with Blur.

          • Anonymous

            Guess you should have bought a different phone.  Why is it that people complain about a UI when the obviously knew what they were getting into when they bought it.  If you don’t like Blur, don’t buy Moto.  Don’t like Sense or TW, don’t buy HTC or Sammy.  It is as simple as that.  As for the Bionic Blur, I guess you have never seen any of the older Blur versions?  It is buy far the best out of all of them and the Razr’s version has improved on it.

          • Anonymous

            But some people like just the phone, sorry but motorola makes some kickass phones they just lock the bootloaders and blur them out…

          • Anonymous

            Its called compromise.  I guess some people think they can have their cake and eat it too…..or in this case, ice cream sandwich….  

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001458670467 Tyler Cameron

            But you can’t have the cake because the cake is a lie.

          • Anonymous

            I call BS. Its not hard at all to strip Blur from a Bionic. I love my Bionic and the Blur on it. If you wanted Blur less you would have had [DE]Blurred or [P]urity or even Liberty.

          • Anonymous

            I call BS. Its not hard at all to strip Blur from a Bionic. I love my Bionic and the Blur on it. If you wanted Blur less you would have had [DE]Blurred or [P]urity or even Liberty.

          • Blur

            know how i know you’re lying?  no one would ever say they love blur :-P

          • Anonymous

            Blur on the RAZR is an improvement over stock GB. Try before you bash; I hated skins, too, until I tried this one (hated original Blur, Touchwiz on my GTab, Sense on the DInc; I ran as close to stock as I could get on my OG Droid and Streak 7). Many of the improvements I was looking forward to from ICS are already on my RAZR thanks to Blur.

          • Anonymous

            I love Blur. Well not really “LOVE” it but I like it 1000 times better than anything pre-ICS. I have to clarify that Im talking about Motorola’s Blur Builds AFTER April 2011. 

        • Lgreg64

          i agree, it is getting better i wish others would stop giving moto such a hard time. give me blur over sense or touch. 

          • Anonymous

            if nobody gave them a hard time, chances are, wed still have the version from droid x/2 launch or even worse, cliq.

          • Lgreg64

            this is ture. but you have to say it is much better than all the other UIs now.

          • Anonymous

            WE DO NOT SPEAK OF CLIQ!! And man blur was th first thing gone on my D2

    • Anonymous

      I completely agree. Samsung’s Touchwiz on ICS is hideous, just awful. If I decide to buy Galaxy S III later this year I’ll definitely flash it, no doubt.

      I have a lot of hope that this direction will be followed by Motorola when they become Google’s company fully.

    • Anonymous

      Really? From what I’ve seen Touchwiz is getting better and better.  Blur is too, but it also had a long way to go.

      In fact I’d argue the major three skins have all obviously gotten better.  They’ve just gotten less and less meaningful. What does Blur or Touchwiz or Sense offer that stock Android doesn’t?  Some widgets?

      • Anonymous

        Sense has NOT got better with time.  It looks so bad on the new phones compared to others.  Maybe back in the days of the Incredible it was new and cool, now it just looks old.  TW on the other hand looks like iOS.  It is just too fruity, which is exactly why Apple has been going after them so much lately.  Seems like Samsung is almost blatantly making everything to look like iOS/iPhone just to get a rise out of Apple.

        Skins have offered the ability to go to multiple items right from the lock screen which stock (until ICS) never did.  Also the stock email client sucked due to the lack of push email.

      • Anonymous

        Lockscreen functionality, better camera functionality, resizable widgets; a few other, minor things (like screen animations, which most consumers actually like). It’s not a complete UI shift like MIUI, but it’s a nice addition. Seems more polished then stock GB to me, too.

        • Anonymous

          I mean on ICS.  ICS added more lock screen functionality (although not as much as Sense). The ICS camera app is competitive with any skin camera app. Honeycomb and ICS have resizeable widgets. And ICS has screen animations.

          There are some things that skins added to Android pre ICS that you could argue made the experience better (although I don’t think the minor functionality additions were worth the performance issues) but ICS these skins are going to have to put up or shut up.

          It is also no longer acceptable for these skins to make the OS uglier. Touchwiz on ICS is an abomination, Sense on ICS looks laughable (they need to do something with that bottom bar), and Blur looks almost exactly the same as ICS but with uglier icons.

  • John

    Meh, I prefer my lockscreen

    http://i.imgur.com/2GGTV.png

  • Anonymous

    If they had kept the lockscreen as stock, I would have let them pass but WTF IS UP WITH THE LOCKSCREEN?!?!

    • Anonymous

      looks crappy I know i’d slap the dev that made it with a fish 

      • Johnslashrob

        You nailed it. The dev made it with a fish!

        • Anonymous

          Its obvious they are dodging patents. Looks good to me. And won’t be apple bait.

          • Anonymous

            the concept is great, execution is poor. it will hopefully look better when its released.

          • http://twitter.com/Ike_Farmer Chris Franzen

            of course they will. Apple will sue for anything. I predict the next thing the sue for is for other companies making a cell phone, claiming Apple made the first phone. 

    • Raven

      I am hoping that is still unfinished.  If they actually make the different circles do different things like go straight to home screen, camera, dialer, email it would not be such a bad idea.

    • Anonymous

      I thought the same thing with the current lockscreen, but it’s grown on me. Moto’s done well with their skin on the RAZR (though all previous skins were atrocious), so I’ll wait and see.

  • Arnoldt2007

    The lock screen isn’t great but everything else looks beautiful. Hopefully this is the direction OEMs go in

    • Anonymous

      +1 the lock screen looks dated 

  • Dbarden31

    Returned my Razr for the Maxx, then I told myself I was gonna just buy the nexus! Decisions decisions. Maybe I’ll buy the Nexus now and see what moto does with the Razr line. If I have a change of heart I’ll just give my wife my nexus and go get me the Maxx. Sounds good to me.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

      Or you could just relax and try and be happy with what you have, someone like you is never
       happy and always needs the next best thing.

      • Hoosiercub

        It’s our money and our accounts, who’re you to pass judgment lol

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

          Seems like a whole lot of stress/worrying/money over something so trivial as a phone.

          • http://twitter.com/Ike_Farmer Chris Franzen

            seems like a lot of worrying about what OTHER people do with their phones, no?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000106808261 Keith Sumner

            seems like a lot of worrying about what other people think about what other people say about what people are doing with their phones, and so on.

      • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

        yep, Im still using my R2D2 I got last February. Is it top of the line? No but it works. I cant afford to keep buying phones.

        PS: OP- how the heck do you return a phone for the other? :P

        • http://twitter.com/Ike_Farmer Chris Franzen

          like you return anything else? lmao

          • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

            I dont know about you but when you open something and use it My Verizon stores do not allow you to return it unless there is a problem with it after about a week. And in which case if he returned a RAZR for a MAXX it had to be over the week or else he would have known about the MAXX already to wait for it. so go LYAO somewhere else.

          • Mark

            Pretty sure the general policy is 2 weeks for returns, but Verizon had a special holiday return policy in effect until Jan 15.  I believe anything purchased in December or the beginning of January could be returned for a $35 restocking fee. So, in my case, when the RAZR MAXX was announced, and Moto accidentally outed the release date as the 26th, I returned my RAZR, and waited for the past week. No doubt they will service the phone and reuse it as a refurb,

      • Dbarden31

        Funny how some person behind a computer desk is more in tuned with who I am than myself. Seems like you’re the one that’s never happy. Pessimistic much? Not that I have to explain myself to ANYONE but I always wanted the GN. Just chose the Razr becuz I know the build quality and radios were most likely more dependable. And I hear all time about low to no signal with the GN. The way to know for sure is to test it out in your everyday life. Started having problems with my Razr so sense I had to take it back anyway why not just pay the extra $35 for the Maxx. But sense my wife is getting a phone next month regardless why not just get the GN to give it a go and if I like it I’ll keep it. If not I give it to my wife and get me the Maxx. More like taking advantage of an opportunity than trying to have the next best thing. So if spending an extra $35 is over board then you should still have a 2G only phone. I’m sure there are things you do with you time and money I wouldn’t do myself but who am I to judge.

      • Dbarden31

        Funny how some person behind a computer desk is more in tuned with who I am than myself. Seems like you’re the one that’s never happy. Pessimistic much? Not that I have to explain myself to ANYONE but I always wanted the GN. Just chose the Razr becuz I know the build quality and radios were most likely more dependable. And I hear all time about low to no signal with the GN. The way to know for sure is to test it out in your everyday life. Started having problems with my Razr so sense I had to take it back anyway why not just pay the extra $35 for the Maxx. But sense my wife is getting a phone next month regardless why not just get the GN to give it a go and if I like it I’ll keep it. If not I give it to my wife and get me the Maxx. More like taking advantage of an opportunity than trying to have the next best thing. So if spending an extra $35 is over board then you should still have a 2G only phone. I’m sure there are things you do with you time and money I wouldn’t do myself but who am I to judge.

    • merica

      You use three times the sweatshop chinese labor as the average consumer, and use three times the toxic materials. Yay for you.

    • https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawmvcQCDlauwasd0SDtVK0ZC9F6_s0laWXA cybik

      Nexus.

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 MFG

    BLURghhhhh that’s terrible.

    And the camera app is totally Blurred up.

  • Anonymous

    Loving that lock screen.

  • http://profiles.google.com/danstheman600 Daniel Sasson

    Good lord Motorola just give up. Put stock ICS it looks much better. Do you guys have OCD and have a feeling that you must Blur this even though your just making it look worse?

    • Anonymous

      Aren’t you basically talking to Google since they now own Moto?

      • ddevito

        no not yet

      • http://twitter.com/expertontech Tylar Overturf

         Google and Moto don’t work together so Google would have no influence in blur.

        • Lgreg64

          google will not be involved in the day to day but look for them to use the influence in the UI and them unlocking there phones. they can do this an not upset the other manf.  

        • Anonymous

          You mean not Like the XOOM?

      • http://twitter.com/Ike_Farmer Chris Franzen

        good lord do your research dude.

  • Tommy Thompson

    I wonder if it’s going to stay like that or get blurred a bit more?

  • Sp4rxx

    Granted the GSM ‘anything’ is always the first and EARLIEST to release any update, but I hope this is of things to come (more sooner than later!) for the DROID counterpart!

  • Seannyboy39

    Fuuuuuuuuuurssssddt lol. Great news Kellex