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New MotoBlur on Atrix HD Introduces Live Icons and an Awesome Clock Widget


The Motorola Atrix HD is in our hands (unboxing is on the way) and ready for us to take it for a spin. The device itself is running Android 4.0.4, but of course, has Moto’s custom Blur skin on top of it. While many of you have expressed your colorful opinions over Blur, we noticed immediately with this version on the Atrix HD, that there are some new goodies that were worth sharing. 

First up is the new clock widget that is fully interactive. We have seen other widgets copy this skin to mimic the look, but if you have yet to play with the real thing on a Motorola device, then you probably didn’t know that it’s live at all times. You can actually flip each circle to see a different clock, weather from additional cities, your data plan, and even battery life.

Second, can you see the little arrows next to some of the icons in the screenshot on the left? Those are live icons (at least that’s what I’m calling them) that allow you interact with them. With a simple swipe up or down, they display a preview from the app. For example, with the phone icon, a swipe gets you a preview of your most recently missed or placed calls. If you swipe the email icon, you get a preview of your inbox. Swipe the text message or browser icon and you also get live previews.

We are still diving into this new Blur and the Atrix HD, so stay tuned as we will undoubtedly have more.


  • You know what else shows you your text messages or emails immediately? Clicking the icons like you always did…

  • Akashshr

    Absolutely love the phone! Best for that price, and more!
    Have to admit, will get the titanium one if I have to!

  • Allen Byrd

    Moto kicks ass.

  • Travis Shepherd

    What’s the name of that “drive smart” widget, and what does it do?

    • super_ninja_1

      Drive smart shoud be a “smart action” widget as the name suggests..

  • I really would like to see the transparent softkey bar ripped for a Gnex ROM. Maybe this would help with the burn in effect.

    • spickle

      i hope so. in AOKP i shrink it so the black bar isn’t so big. well not right now cause of JB.

  • Brandon Dean

    This is the first non Galaxy Nexus phone I have been tempted by in a while.

    YAY FOR SOFTWARE BUTTONS. I hope more phones follow suit, because having the dedicated multitasking button is something I have grown so used to on my Galaxy Nexus.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    I’ve always had this idea:
    Whenever the title of an icon doesn’t fit within the predetermined amount of characters, like for example, “Cut The Rope Experiments”, it just shows so much and ends with … So when it’s placed on your home screen it shows as “Cut The Rop…”
    But how sweet would it be if it always scrolled, like a scrolling marquee. With project butter being all, well, buttery now, it wouldn’t be too hard to put that in there. Just a thought!

  • Anthony

    Motorola has so much potential. Just unlock your bootloaders please.

  • majormudafuckinhun

    I still think the Sense clock widget is the best.

  • duke69111

    That actually looks kind of cool.

  • Knlegend1

    As beautiful as that clock widget is though, why oh why are those blur icons back?

  • Knlegend1

    How easily I’m amazed lol. That’s pretty nice!!!

  • Alexander Garcia

    Droooool! Gawd I hope the RAZR HD is anything like this hot piece of toast!

  • Trevor

    Good lord AT&T’s 4G logo is ugly.

  • The future is bright after all

  • So that’s an “awesome clock widget” eh?

  • udispyn

    Yea I like those features…..I want them for my maxx.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Kind of hoping Google pulls some of that stuff into stock.

    Anyone else get the feeling that in another version or two of Android, app shortcuts are going to be obsolete in favor of better widgets? In Jelly Bean, it sounds like developers can change what a widget displays depending on how big you make it. So theoretically you could have, say, a gmail widget that looks and behaves exactly like a gmail icon (except maybe with some functionality like Moto has added here), but can be stretched out to look more like the gmail widget we see today. It would eliminate some redundancy and confusion for users who don’t spend a lot of time in the widget section of the app drawer.

    • feztheforeigner

      One step further:

      They could do use only app icons and no longer have any other section. All apps. These icons could be stretched larger as you described into larger widgets. A very intuitive interface that would be uniform across everything,maybe a little less confusing.

      • tyguy829

        I would definitely be down for that. That would be a truly intuitive user interface

        • KreeTerry

          thats a really neat idea, only problem is that not all widgets have icons so some widgets wouldnt be accessible. really awesome idea though.

          • tyguy829

            Well we know they would have an icon image, because there has to be an icon in the play store. So i think if you were to shrink a widget wi no app down to 1×1, it could have that arrow thing, and the swipe would bring up the widget temporarily in the form of one of those pop ups. Theres really so much you can do with this idea. I love it.

  • rggarrison

    I want the clock!! I have one almost exactly like it with One More Clock widget, they have this style, but I want the REAL one!

    • Greg Bissell

      One more Clock Widget is the real one. this is a blatant rip off

  • Franklin7777

    I want that widget for my Razr. Too bad it didn’t come with the ICS update.

  • frankandsimple

    I like the clock/weather widget.. someone rip the apk please.

  • MisterFrancisco

    I have to admit that is pretty sweet

  • Tenaj

    Now Moto’s colorful ICS icons seem awesome…. 😀

    • feztheforeigner

      Way better than the other manufacturers! I still prefer stock icons though, they did a really good job with ics+

    • Stephen Zipprich

      That camera icon still looks like a front load washing machine.

  • Leonardo Benveniste

    Leak those widgets!

  • Jason Purp

    Clock is ugly

  • kixofmyg0t

    I like it. Looks pretty neat.

  • Droidzilla

    Rip that clock apk, bitches!

    Also, the colour of the notification bar makes me want to rip my eyes out and urinate in the open sockets.

    • will bartlett


      • Peter Fong

        “yes please” to droidzill ripping his eyes out and urinating in his open sockets or to this widget?

        • Droidzilla

          Can’t it be both?

        • will bartlett


    • Buy This

      I was thinking the same thing about the 4G icon. That widget is slick though.

    • ntrddragn

      its actually on the market..its called rings digital weather clock

      • Droidzilla

        I award you 50 DKP.

      • will bartlett

        but its not the same!!!!!

      • And it isn’t available for the GNex – nevermind, wasn’t showing compatible on the web, but looks fine on the phone’s play store.

      • Rodd

        or you can try One More Clock Widget in the market also..
        it does current location updates

        • Honcho

          You can also get it from Ultimate Custom Clock Widget. It’s a little better than One More Clock Widget too!

    • Gimp_Ninja

      This is mere speculation, but given that the navigation bar at the bottom is transparent, I’m guessing the notification bar is also transparent, and only appears dark blue because the wallpaper is blue. But then again, Moto did use dark blue for its notification bar in some Gingerbread ROMs.

      • Droidzilla

        Good point.

  • that looks what launcher pro did with the “live icon” with the pop up menu when swiping up

    • bitchplease

      yea they ripped it from launcher pro for sure. i use that feature all the time.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    That is pretty sick… I like those features.

    • Allen Byrd

      Yeah. I like Blur. I really do like it a lot. Googlerola is my favorite manufacturer as of now.
      Sense makes no sense, TouchWiz is meh because Sammy sucks at software, and Sony has yet to make any worthwhile phones.
      I guess if you don’t want a Moto phone from now on, there’s always time for Holo, Nova, or Apex launchers. Or a nexus phone.

  • Derrick James

    do i see a replacement to Fancy Widgets if i were to get this phone?