-- the custom Android user interface skin from Motorola -- might soon be consigned to history less than a year after it was introduced. The move will be welcomed by Android enthusiasts as a sign that manufacturers are keen to get out of the way and let the operating system shine.
The company will focus more on the hardware rather than Motoblur as a brand name, Motorola boss Sanjay K Jha said in an earnings call, Android And Me reports. This explains why Motorola had stopped advertising the customised interface skin.
Motoblur was designed to provide a push-based service for Motorola users that brought all their social networks together in the form of widgets. Jha insists Motoblur will still exist and offer more functionality, but as a brand it won't be a focus.
Motorola seems to be coming to terms with the idea that many of you prefer Android without the bells and whistles offered by manufacturers.
Other phone-makers, such as HTC and Samsung, have developed their own Android skins. HTC's custom interface -- HTC Sense -- is considered a particularly worthwhile addition to the user experience.
But most of the functionality has been duplicated by a regular stream of Android updates. Manufacturers then have to make sure the skins work with the new Android versions, which delays the update process -- a frustrating experience for users who want to play with the new features. Plus, many of you would prioritise a faster operating system over a custom interface -- which tends to slow the system down.
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