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Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha (right) with T-Mobile's Chief Technology Innovation Officer Cole Brodman.  (Source:
Motorola CEO says company will focus on products, not on MOTOBLUR brand

What is bound to be good news for Android enthusiasts who take issue with Motorola's MOTOBLUR custom skin, the handset manufacturer's Co-CEO, Sanjay Jha, announced that the company will not longer be focusing on the skin going forward, AndroidAndMe reports.

Jha, while speaking on a Q2 earnings conference call, told analysts that Motorola will be focusing on its products and will no longer be developing MOTOBLUR as a brand, due to the difficulty to convey the skin's value in a 30-second ad spot.

This doesn't necessarily mean that the much-maligned skin is going away anytime soon, at least not until Android 3.0 "Gingerbread" does away with custom skins

"MOTOBLUR continues to be important and I think you will see increased functionality in MOTOBLUR," Jha said. "This notion of push-Internet is going to be very important to us, but as a brand name, which we make matter in front of consumers as a brand name, I don’t think that’s going to be our focus going forward, but we see the experiences that we deliver is being relevant and differentiating us.”

Evidence of Motorola's approach going forward can be seen on Verizon's recently launched Droid X and the upcoming Droid 2, which both run the custom skin without any mention of the MOTOBLUR brand. Thanks to a loophole in BLUR's deleted text message and call log history, the X was cited for privacy issues.

Though BLUR was originally developed by Motorola as a way to differentiate its handsets from other Android devices through what was at the time deemed highly integrated social networking, the third-party skin has been a bane to end users who patiently wait (and wait) for the latest Android update. Because of the overlay, the update schedule for devices running BLUR is different than those who run Sense UI or native Android. This has led to a fragmentation among Android devices, which some critics say could hurt the OS in the long run -- perhaps part of the reason Google has announced that Gingerbread will no longer support third-party skins. 

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RE: Wrong thing to announce...
By Flunk on 8/10/2010 9:04:59 AM , Rating: 1
99.9% of people don't care about point 1 and they can't do point 2 because the devices have shipped already. This is basically as fast as they can kill motoblur.

RE: Wrong thing to announce...
By GaryJohnson on 8/10/2010 9:11:25 AM , Rating: 1
.1% of "people" would still account for 73,000 android devices sold a year. And they can do 2 because they have these things called over-the-air updates.

RE: Wrong thing to announce...
By omnicronx on 8/10/2010 10:51:18 AM , Rating: 2
Whether its 73k or 73 million, .1% is .1%, there is nothing you can do or say to change that. You don't make business decisions based on a tiny fraction of the market, whatever your feelings maybe.

Do I agree? No, I would like to use custom roms as I please. Unfortunately I am not part of the majority.

I have also yet to see a OTA update pushed outside of an Android update, i.e nothing is going to be updated (or in this case removed ;) ) unless they are also pushing a new version of Android.

RE: Wrong thing to announce...
By geddarkstorm on 8/10/2010 12:19:22 PM , Rating: 2
Well, that's kinda a logical fallacy. You're assuming the 99.9% of others -don't- want custom roms, when it's simply they don't know or care. That is, there is no majority what so ever against such an update. Add to this that it isn't any skin off the company's back to introduce that feature, and that it gives them a new marketing point to differentiate themselves with...

RE: Wrong thing to announce...
By GaryJohnson on 8/10/2010 2:07:44 PM , Rating: 3
You don't make business decisions based on a tiny fraction of the market, whatever your feelings maybe.

You don't make business decisions based on fractions. You make business decisions based on cost/benefit analysis. If your making $10 billion a year and you can make another $11 million by spending less than $1 million, you're going to do it, even though it's only a .1% increase.

RE: Wrong thing to announce...
By Camikazi on 8/10/2010 4:37:21 PM , Rating: 3
Gotta wonder though, if 99.9% of the people don't care about custom ROMs, then is it really a good business decision to spend extra time and money locking something that 99.9% of your customers won't touch or bother with at all? That seems like a waste of resources to me and a bad business decision too.

RE: Wrong thing to announce...
By Camikazi on 8/10/2010 4:40:10 PM , Rating: 2
Thought about something else, if only .1% of their customers do want to use custom ROMs and they are locking them to stop that, then obviously business decisions are made based on fractions. If it was true that decisions were not made that way then they would not bother locking the bootloader to begin with, since only .1% would try to change it.

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