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MotoBlur ICS Launcher Released, Should Work with Most 4.0 ROMs


Since an Ice Cream Sandwich build leaked for the DROID RAZR over the weekend, devs have had enough time to start picking through it and see if any of it is worth installing on your non-RAZR phone. The first thing made available is the MotoBlur launcher. It should work on almost any Android 4.0 ROM, bringing you 3D transitions, home screen previews, app drawer filtering options, and potentially even some Blur widgets. I know that most of us despise Blur with a passion, but this would be your opportunity to see if Motorola has done anything positive over the top of ICS.

Rooted users only on this one. So far, the instructions include downloading two separate launcher files, placing them in /system/app, rebooting and hoping you don’t get stuck in a boot loop. I recommend making a backup before doing this since one of the files that you will edit is Launcher2.apk, aka your ICS launcher which you need to do basically anything.

Via:  XDA

Cheers Jason!

  • C-Law

    If there’s one thing that home launcher can do better than Apex and Nova on Aokp, its making the keyboard instantlygo away when you hit the home button. With apex and nova, there is always a delay before the keyboard drops
    I gave it a try and then uninstalled.

  • TheWangDynasty

    Will they be trying to port Smart Actions?  I’d like that.

  • capncoad

    This may sound really strange to a lot of users from the old blur days but the blur interface in the Droid Bionic and Razr on 2.3 is actually a really nice piece of work. Brisk screen transitions, good performance, great eye candy. I’m actually kind of excited to see what Moto did with ICS when the Bionic eventually updates to 4.0.

  • anon

    I installed both .apk files into system/apps and nothing happened after I rebooted … did I miss something?

  • Has anyone actually received the ICS update for the soak group? I received an email about it, but haven’t heard anything after filling out the survey.

  •  When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great
    bully, the world, and takes him boldly by the beard, he is often
    surprised to find it comes off in his hand, and that it was only tied on
    to scare away the timid adventurers.

  • TheWangDynasty

    Are they going to try to port Smart Actions?  I’d really like that.

  • wait wait wait… MotoBlur? What happened with those day when people used to root the legendary CLIQ/DEXT to remove Blur?.. is that really good?

  • me

    I like blur to stock. Thats the beauty of android you have choices plus its not blur that slowdown your phone its verizon’s bloatware imo

    • Josh Groff

      After freezing the bloat, my Bionic is pretty dang fast, gotta love ROM Toolkit. Combines just about every useful root tool I can think of.

  • Pretty piss-poor job – I’m running Blurwich and the app drawer is back in the center, where it belongs, not on the right, where it had been in Gingerblur.

  • ics on the razor will have to better than ics on the nexus, im sending my 4th nexus back today,each one is worse than the one before

    • Jimbob

      user error?

  • Spc Hicks09

    Those pictures aren’t even of the stock launcher for ICS on the RAZR. The stock launcher has text under the dock icons. Yes I would know, I’ve been running the leak since we got it saturday at about 2am.

    • Kurt Edens

      I wouldn’t know either way as I left My Razr in the dust long ago for the gNex. But I would guess that even if this was ported over, they may have added some features, or perhaps the stock Blur ICS Launcher gives the option to hide icon labels?   I don’t know either way, just a thought.  

  • Jose Salinas26

    I need help getting this!!!! I have some eclipse rom on my razr and my friend rooted my phone, but i got tired of it and i want ics. Is this legit ICS? or wll the original be better to get? either way, i need help flashing this bad boy

    • Keith Sumner

      This is not for you

  • Knlegend1

    I personally would like to see a company go the route of like the Kindle Fire and just android completely different. I mean that’s why its there right to use android as a base. No wonder people stick with Nexus. 

  • I like it a lot compared to previous Blurs. Giving it a more stock look has made me hate it significantly less. I’m not about to throw it on the Nexus but it could definitely change the way I look at upcoming Moto devices. 

  • balthuszar

    any idea what orienation means? is it some new ICS lingo?

  • qingming111


  • Never will I ever willingly install anything blur on my phone again…

  • fvqu

    I like it, but whats up with the microphone icon?

  • ddevito

    It’s nice to see Motorola move towards a UI that very closely resembles stock.

    Step two is to remove hardware buttons which appears will be the case with the Fighter.

    Kudos Motorola and Razor owners. Welcome to ICS, we need more Android users running it.

    • r0lct

      This is why I can’t wait for all the phones to get updated.  There are two apps I like I can’t run because they haven’t been updated to be compatible for ICS.  Annoying.

  • PC_Tool


    TouchWiz anyone?

  • Prttyboiii007

    i love men

    • Prttyboiii007

      Ohh you gotta love friends hacking my pc! Sorry guys!

      • John

        “hacking your pc” ?

      • mustbepbs

        Mhmm. Likely story.

    • Sweetstrawberry16

      Hey big boy. I’ll let you blow me any day! 

  • Azndan4

    Damn that is hideous. Motorola must die.

    • looks almost exactly like stock ICS to me, I suppose you find stock ICS hideous as well?

      • jroc74

         Hater gonna hate, regardless…..lol.

        I do find it funny ppl that say its ugly….when it could be mistaken for a stock ICS, Especially compared to what HTC is doing…

        • Knlegend1

          True if the title never mentioned Motorola he’d never known. 

      • Azndan4

        It doesn’t look almost exactly like stock ICS. Sorry dude.  Stock ICS looks way better.

        • You’ve got a serious case of denial, you know that?

        • jroc74

          Have you actually used a G Nex before or seen stock ICS? I will even ask have you seen pics online? If that doesnt almost look exactly like stock ICS….I dont know what else to say…..except….

          ……. haters gonna hate regardless……..

        • mustbepbs

          It absolutely looks like stock ICS.

  • Djenks24

    Its a good start, Give me the webtop app then I won’t be waiting for Motorola anymore!

  • skyskioc

    This whole thing is a blur. It doesn’t make sense.

    • NghtHwk

      I see what you did there…

  • Jared

    I actually like the weather widget on the Razr. Is that part of the Blur?

    • It is. What I sort of like in Blur widgets is their design. They look sleek and I really love the simplicity.

    • Josh Groff

      Did you see the RAZR’s contact widget, it’s pretty legit.

  • Eric

    LOL! Is this article a joke K????

  • Rodeojones000

    Really? Put a Blur launcher on your non-Moto phone? Might as well just smear your phone with a giant turd.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Yes, because that’s EXACTLY what it’s like huh?

    • LiterofCola

      Or smear your face?

  • Spc Hicks09

    I’ve been running the leak for 2 days now and can tell you that the screenshot above is a modified launcher and is NOT the stock ICS Launcher on the RAZR.

  • Jory121

    Im not hating at all…I have a stock razr maxx and I prefer this icon drawer more than the last “official screenshot” thats all

    • can you share your screenshots then?

  • Spc Hicks09

    If you don’t like it then stfu and move on to the next story.

    • Jimbob

      Whoa turbo! you in charge round these here parts?

      • Spc Hicks09

        Not in charge at all. Just tired of simple minded people.

  • Droidzilla

    Fascinating! Tell us more.

  • realfoxm

    What does the keyboard look like? I’m fascinated at how much this resembles stock android and very surprised Moto went this direction. Video tour plz

    • I doubt the launcher includes the soft keyboard IME from Blur.

      • Josh Groff

        Blur has a great keyboard, the only one I prefer over swiftkey tbh. 🙂

        • I’m too used to Swype, so Blur’s Soft Keyboard doesn’t really make me happy.

          I’m grateful, though, that Motorola includes Swype in their firmware. If not for that I probably wouldn’t try it.

          • Josh Groff

            Swype blur is pretty solid, but I’m glad I have the choice to turn it off at times. Predictive text gets on my nerves.

          • Swype is only predictive if you try using it like a regular on-screen keyboard. Which would be weird since why use Swype if you aren’t going to swipe instead of tapping?

          • Josh Groff

            I mean when you Swype a word and it chooses what you meant, like trying to Swype something and getting some weird result that’s close but not what you wanted.

  • You know, you go on XDA and everyones happy and all like OMG I’VE BEEN WANTING THIS FOR FOREVER! You come on here and its OMG SOMETHING EXISTS THAT I DON’T LIKE BURN IT WITH FIRE! C’mon guys, if you don’t like it, wait for the next article.

    • KleenDroid

      People forget that options are good. The more options the better.

      • kixofmyg0t


        Everyone needs to just use stock Android and they ALL need to look the same GOT IT? 

        • Someone call an exorcist, kix got reinhabited by steve jobs 🙂

          • PC_Tool

             reinhabited?  You mean it’s happened before???

            Did anyone ask him what Apple should do next???

  • Asimoalex

    Where’s my sense rom???

  • evltwn

    Looks like they’re going with the stock ICS icon pack too.  That’s good.  Can’t stand some of the icons they went with in the last software update to GB. 

  • double microphone anyone?

  • Keith Sumner

    Funny thing is, take this launcher, say that it was custom made by a hacker/developer in the Android community and everyone would praise the crap out of it.

    • jroc74

       E X A C T L Y.

      The custom UI’s dont get enough credit for what they do good.

      • kulanapan

        That’s because what they do bad overshadows the good.

        • jroc74

          Depends on who you ask….

          Cuz before ICS….I preferred the custom UI’s on Android phones over stock. I wont say I like stock better now….but stock Android on phones has gotten alot better. IMO it was too plain to me, for me before.

    • kixofmyg0t

       THANK YOU.

      People just hate on Blur nowadays because they think it will make them sound cool.

      • LiterofCola

        Yep, just gives the whiners something to whine about…. even though its a good UI

        • QQpayne

          Agreed, i think moto finally got the picture. A stock-like rom with mostly extra features that people might want, and not to much of a visual change from stock. Sense needs to follow suit.

    • sonicyoof

      Well partially because it would be pretty good for a single person to create something on-par with a giant company like Motorola. And the difference is you could just remove it if you found you didn’t like it… unlike with Motorola.

  • HerroMoto

    Can’t stand people that shoot blur down. Ninjablur was terrible don’t get me wrong but then gingerblur came out and it got so much better. Can’t say anything for ice blur though yet until it comes out.

  • Enfpruiz21

    I’m a gigantic fan of stock ICS, but I might give this a shot at some point just because I can 🙂

  • dbam987

    I’d say don’t mock it until you try it. Moto-Blur has some nice UI components on the Droid RAZR.

    Braces for firestorm…

    • mjmedstarved

      Can anyone names these nice components you speak of??? Enlighten me please.

      • ABerry5

        Ending a call from the noti bar and built in DLNA were 2 of the only positives I had with my Droid X but gigging credit where its due

      • Jay

         resizeable and dynamic widgets, even though only on the calendar and tasks widgets and everyone has them now I’m pretty sure Blur had them first, being able to delet apps from the app tray, the end call button in the notifications pulldown , pretty sure I’ve missed a few others.
        I could really do without all the social networking integration, especially in the gallery app.

        • Didn’t launcherpro have all of those first? I’m not 100% on that, but I thought that was the case. 

          • Jay

            I considered looking into it, but that would be a massive pain in the ass. So let’s just assume I’m talking only about OEM skins

          • Frankydroid

            Launcher pro came after. I had the dx when it first came out, and I remembered seeing the update for launcherpro come out. Blur was first

      • kixofmyg0t

         Really? Are you THAT ill informed? Some parts of that glorious(I saying boring but w/e) “stock” Android that you love has integrated certain features that were from skins over the years.

        • jroc74

           Shhh!! Dont let folks know part of Google’s secret recipe….

          Seriously…stock Android has added things from the custom UI’s and probably from some custom ROMs over the years.

          But skins suck….

      • super_ninja_1

        Here are some I can think of:

        Selectively delete notifications before ICSPull down Contacts widget(before Google did)Smart actions

        • Speaking of notifications, I was flabbergasted by the fact that in CM9 you cannot dismiss a notification of your choice, there’s only the button to dismiss all notifications.

          Is it different in stock Nexus ICS/AOSP?

          • super_ninja_1

            ICS has swipe to delete for any list element. Notifications inclusive.

  • seriously?

  • Jory121

    I hope thats the stock launcher…looks way better than that blackberry lookin app drawer icon

    • Mannysaurus

      If you own a Galaxy Nexus and would like to change the app drawer icon, I suggest you roll on over to some Android forums to find themes. Look for one where the app drawer fits what you want it to look like and apply the app drawer yourself. Unless you like the whole theme. In that case, you can flash it all.

      If you don’t own a Galaxy Nexus, stop hating on fellow community members’ phones. Though it was a minor diss, it has the potential to spark a flame war.

    • Josh Groff

      I like the square within a square. 🙂

  • David Hayden

    I’ve been using Apex Launcher ever since I flashed ICS on my Rezound, I guess it’s time to make things weird by have faux Blur on my HTC phone.

  • Droidzilla

    People rooting to install Blur? That’s like modding your exhaust to restrict airflow and net less horsepower.

    • Keith Sumner

      It’s just the launcher, it’s not like it’s the entire motorola software suite/kernel

      • ABerry5

        Ending a call from the noti bar and built in DLNA were 2 of the only positives I had with my Droid X but gigging credit where its due

        • Droidzilla

          I actually like the current Blur over stock Gingerbread; we’ll see if the same holds true for ICS. It’s a weird, bold, new world we live in.

          • Michael_NM

            Are you okay, is your calendar off by a day? 🙂

          • kixofmyg0t

             I like Blur over stock GB too.

          • super_ninja_1

            I like this better than any Android mods.

          • LiterofCola


          • Josh Groff

            I prefer light sprinkles on my vanilla ice cream as well.

          • bjn714

            I don’t get why everyone hates on blur so much. It is actually decent compared to sense. And it is the only OEM framework that remains somewhat true to AOSP. Sure it had some issues in its early iterations but it became more useable than sense last year. I haven’t tried sense 4 yet but I still have reservations about it on lower powered devices. It may be fine on the Tegra 3 and S4 but older S3 snapdragons will likely struggle with it.

          • HTC1

            really………i think Sense is ten times better than Blur. and i’m not a moto hater either. i’m a realist.

      • Don’t worry thats being ported to the nexus as we speak…http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1535715

        • Keith Sumner

          edit: nevermind, I was wrong

        • which is why unlocked bootloaders are epic. 

    • 4n1m4L

      i though april fools was yesterday

      • Michael_NM

        True to blur form, it was late.

        • guest

          thank god it’s only Blur then, any other big oem skin and we’d be waiting for another year

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    • Binglut9

      That’s the beauty of Android one day I can have blur the next sense….

    • Is it weird that I feel manly for understanding that?

    • Sp4rxx

       Have you used the ‘new’ blur yet? It’s not anything like it’s original …. I wouldn’t knock it unless you’ve used it

      ….just sayin’

      • Droidzilla

        To quote myself from higher up in the comments, “I actually like the current Blur over stock Gingerbread; we’ll see if the same holds true for ICS. It’s a weird, bold, new world we live in.”

  • To each their own I guess.

  • jak_341

    You are kidding right? April Fools Day one day later. Lol! Good one.

  • Keith Sumner