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  1. robstunner's Avatar
    Not so. "Blur" was a codename for a differentiated Android skin since before the Verizon deal was inked. Motorola ended up naming it "Blur" because the names that marketing came up with weren't as compelling in focus groups. Motorola ended up bumping Palm's Pre Plus into "also-ran status" with the Droid due to promising a "better than iPhone UI" and a differentiated experience via custom skins.

    Once that happened, "skins" became the accepted way to differentiate an Android handset, and the accursed race began.
    Very so

    http://www.fiercemobilecontent.com/s...ion/2012-10-17

    "Pressed on whether operators are the driving force behind Motorola smartphones like Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) Razr HD, which integrates a custom skin, custom Verizon software and ships with Android 4.0 instead of the current Android 4.1, Osterloh said "Our partners sometimes want customizations. [...] Our interest is to make it as close to Android as possible and generally we negotiate somewhere in the middle."




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    Last edited by robstunner; 11-26-2012 at 08:09 AM.
    11-26-2012 06:25 AM
  2. colmsmyth's Avatar
    nope...you cant just change country setting to you Local Scout...it doesn't work...at least it doesn't work in Ireland anyway...you think it would support Ireland seeing as how Microsoft's EU Software Development HQ is here in Dublin and WP was partially designed here..
    11-26-2012 06:42 AM
  3. socialcarpet's Avatar
    I didn't know custom user interfaces were considered bloatware.....
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    How else would you define a piece of pervasive, non-standard software that compromises performance and can't be removed without rooting the phone? If there is a word for something worse than bloatware I'd use it, but I'm not aware of one.
    11-26-2012 09:08 AM
  4. stmav's Avatar
    Thought I got lost and ended up in the android forum.
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    11-26-2012 11:21 AM
  5. brmiller1976's Avatar
    Very so

    Motorola: We're at carriers' mercy on Android customization - FierceMobileContent

    "Pressed on whether operators are the driving force behind Motorola smartphones like Verizon Wireless' (NYSE:VZ) Razr HD, which integrates a custom skin, custom Verizon software and ships with Android 4.0 instead of the current Android 4.1, Osterloh said "Our partners sometimes want customizations. [...] Our interest is to make it as close to Android as possible and generally we negotiate somewhere in the middle."
    Quick! Name one unlocked Motorola Phone sold outside the USA that doesn't have a custom skin!

    (tick tock, tick tock)
    11-26-2012 01:34 PM
  6. brmiller1976's Avatar
    How else would you define a piece of pervasive, non-standard software that compromises performance and can't be removed without rooting the phone? If there is a word for something worse than bloatware I'd use it, but I'm not aware of one.
    Malware? ;)
    11-26-2012 01:35 PM
  7. robstunner's Avatar
    Quick! Name one unlocked Motorola Phone sold outside the USA that doesn't have a custom skin!

    (tick tock, tick tock)
    you do understand that would mean twice the work, right?
    11-26-2012 03:00 PM
  8. brmiller1976's Avatar
    It would mean less work -- standard Android on the majority of phones, the "custom UI for Verizon" on the CDMA versions (which are fundamentally different from the GSM devices sold everywhere else).
    11-26-2012 03:25 PM
  9. robstunner's Avatar
    While I agreed, I would assume it would be more work given they would have to maintain two versions, even if one was aosp
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    11-26-2012 04:46 PM
  10. brmiller1976's Avatar
    Hence Motorola's more-or-less disappearance from overseas markets.
    11-26-2012 10:40 PM
  11. robstunner's Avatar
    China has a large Moto population.
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    11-27-2012 12:05 AM
  12. SinisterDuck's Avatar
    I don't get why some people come to a WP forum to say they got something else. Do these guys go to a Ford dealer to tell them they bought a Chevy? Or go to their mother-in-laws to say they're dumping their wife for a better model?

    It's some kind of faux grandstanding that is really not very helpful. Just go to a bar and vent at the bartender instead.
    Gergolos likes this.
    11-27-2012 12:17 AM
  13. adamopinheiro's Avatar
    I don't get why some people come to a WP forum to say they got something else. Do these guys go to a Ford dealer to tell them they bought a Chevy? Or go to their mother-in-laws to say they're dumping their wife for a better model?

    It's some kind of faux grandstanding that is really not very helpful. Just go to a bar and vent at the bartender instead.
    Chill out, dude. That's what you do when you are deeply attached to something and you get very frustrated. This was the place I used to come for news and discussions for over a year on a daily basis, so I wanted to share my thoughts with you people, not a bartender. It was my frustration with WP that led me to buy an Android phone.
    spazzmaster likes this.
    11-27-2012 06:13 AM
  14. brmiller1976's Avatar
    Well, if that is acceptable behavior, perhaps the hundreds of WP users on the forum who switched from Android should head over to the Android forum and start one new thread each, explaining how Android was frustrating trash and WP is clearly superior. I'm sure they wouldn't mind at all, and if they complained, you could just say "chill dude," right?

    Seriously, I am happy that you're happy with your new ecosystem. Enjoy. Go head over there to talk about it, and we won't bother you over there about how happy we are that our phones don't crash and freeze several times a day (unlike our Android devices).
    11-27-2012 10:14 AM
  15. spazzmaster's Avatar
    Actually you should. This will help WPs user base increase and lead to the development of an Instagram app for WP.
    /s
    11-27-2012 10:41 AM
  16. adamopinheiro's Avatar
    Seriously, I am happy that you're happy with your new ecosystem. Enjoy. Go head over there to talk about it, and we won't bother you over there about how happy we are that our phones don't crash and freeze several times a day (unlike our Android devices).
    I'm sorry you'd rather live in a happy bubble than having to talk to people who has different opinions than yours.

    My Titan used to crash, had huge connectivity issues and a laggy scrolling. My Android is lag free and works fine.
    11-27-2012 12:00 PM
  17. robstunner's Avatar
    Well, if that is acceptable behavior, perhaps the hundreds of WP users on the forum who switched from Android should head over to the Android forum and start one new thread each, explaining how Android was frustrating trash and WP is clearly superior. I'm sure they wouldn't mind at all, and if they complained, you could just say "chill dude," right?

    Seriously, I am happy that you're happy with your new ecosystem. Enjoy. Go head over there to talk about it, and we won't bother you over there about how happy we are that our phones don't crash and freeze several times a day (unlike our Android devices).
    Thanks for taking all the freezing problems for me. Haven't had one in a while!

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    11-29-2012 06:42 AM
  18. ugadawg239's Avatar
    I left Android and iOS for Windows Phone.
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    12-12-2012 02:02 PM
  19. spazzmaster's Avatar
    I sold my Nokia and got an S3. Now I'm a happy camper with a customisable interface and most importantly lots of medical apps. I may take another look at WP if they increase the number of medical apps from zero.

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    12-24-2012 10:48 PM
  20. robstunner's Avatar
    I sold my Nokia and got an S3. Now I'm a happy camper with a customisable interface and most importantly lots of medical apps. I may take another look at WP if they increase the number of medical apps from zero.

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    What medical field are you in?

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    12-24-2012 10:52 PM
  21. msualum's Avatar
    My wife complains of the same thing. She is a registered dietician and WP offers her nothing.
    12-24-2012 10:55 PM
  22. dalydose's Avatar
    Why do people feel the need to go to a forum for a product only to say that they don't use the product? If you love Android go over to an Android forum and be positive about it. Coming here to say all that you don't like about WP is kind of unnecessarily negative.
    palfor03 and phatboy66 like this.
    12-24-2012 10:58 PM
  23. msualum's Avatar
    Why do people feel the need to go to a forum for a product only to say that they don't use the product? If you love Android go over to an Android forum and be positive about it. Coming here to say all that you don't like about WP is kind of unnecessarily negative.
    blind support offers MS and Nokia nothing. If you go to a restaurant and get bad service, then tell them everything was great - how can they get better? Honest criticism is a good thing. So are there things I like - yeah more then those I don't, so I choose to stay. If the scale tips the other way I may choose to leave.
    StevesBalls likes this.
    12-25-2012 10:44 AM
  24. dalydose's Avatar
    blind support offers MS and Nokia nothing. If you go to a restaurant and get bad service, then tell them everything was great - how can they get better? Honest criticism is a good thing. So are there things I like - yeah more then those I don't, so I choose to stay. If the scale tips the other way I may choose to leave.
    this thread wasn't started by criticism. It was a "why I'm leaving" and didn't really offer much that was productive.

    I offer critical analysis all the time but never under the guise of a threat of bailing or that I have already bailed. I don't have such self-importance.
    12-26-2012 01:12 AM
  25. spazzmaster's Avatar
    I'm a General Practitioner.
    WP didn't have Medscape when I last checked. The UI really impressed me, but why the absence of medical apps? Even BlackBerry has Medscape.
    The only way I would try WP again is if medical apps became available.

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    01-10-2013 10:50 PM
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