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How is Motoblur different than stock Android?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by twcowdery, May 19, 2011.

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    Mostly a question born out of curiosity. I've read about Blur on the Motorola's and Sense on the HTC's, but since my X is my first Android phone, I don't know what the difference is between the Blur skin and the stock skin.

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    PS: I've done some searching, but the posts I found were only about problems with motoblur, not the differences.
     

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    Blur adds a custom launcher, a set of widgets, and special apps for email, messaging, and social networking that link together better than the stock Android apps. Blur's launcher on Android 2.2 slowed the phone down, which I think is what caused most people to hate it. On 2.3, there isn't any noticeable slowdown, and most people, myself included, think that what Motorola changed is an improvement.
     
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    the most readily apparent difference is a visual one...Motorola does their own theme on top of Android to make the phone look different than "Vanilla" Android...there is a big difference between Vanilla Gingerbread, and Motorola's GingerBlur...normally the color scheme of Gingerbread is black and green...but Motorola has gone for various shades of blue and white...and have swapped out all sorts of icons for special ones that they make...

    then there are widgets and apps that the phone manufacturers develop that they include in their versions of Android...for instance Motorola uses a different camera app than Vanilla Android...their own texting app...and all sorts of other apps...
     
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    Vanilla Android is BLACK with white text.
     
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    Motorola tweaks other things that are more subtle though. For example, you can delete the Facebook app on the X, but not on the stock D1. You can sync your account without the app with the X. You can receive Facebook messages like texts with blur, but you can't control which of your Facebook contacts sync (it's all or nothing with blur, but with stock you can filter out the ones that aren't already in your phone). The settings are arranged differently, etc.
     
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    bigtime difference. I LOVE Gingerblur. :) I don't like blur too much though. :(
     
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    Thanks for the info everyone.

    For those mentioning Gingerblur - am I correct to assume that is the version of blur that comes with Gingerbread? I didn't think that was officially out yet.

    Won't matter - since I'm not on Verizon, I probably won't get the update anyway.
     
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    I just switched back to GingerBlur AGAIN today from Launcher Pro Plus. I go back and forth. Sometimes I miss the speed of blur, then other times I miss the features of LPP. I guess that's what makes Android so great.
     

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