The Motoblur era and the dark past Motorola wants to forget

A Motorola fan may not know the company's "dark" past at a time when pure Android was out of the question on their smartphones. The manufacturer struggled to offer a full-featured service and function interface called Motoblur, where users had access to social networks and other extras. Despite the effort, Motoblur is definitely a past of which Motorola is not proud.

Before being Google, Lenovo or just Moto, Motorola went through a moment of transitioning user interfaces, or skins, which are the customizations made over the original Android. Motoblur was the highest investment the company made before embarking on the wave of lightly customized Android that today is a favorite among brand fans.

Motoblur is known as an interface, although Motorola has always referred to itself as a service hub. Basically, the user could log in with their email account, Orkut, MySpace, Twitter or Picasa to enjoy some features from this integration with the system, through widgets with recent messages and posts from other users and more facilities on time. to share a file or send an email. Of course all this came at a cost which, in this case, was customer dissatisfaction.

Motoblur had a worse reputation than TouchWiz at its worst.

Yes, Motoblur had a worse reputation than TouchWiz at its worst. Despite being slow in the past, Samsung's skin was criticized for bringing many pre-installed applications that were not removable at a time when the maximum storage capacity of mobile phones was 16 GB (32 GB the most luxurious). Motoblur was slow, hard to understand, and extremely heavy.

Motoblur's early development coincided with the arrival of Android 1.1, but Motorola's interface was based on technologies and usability concepts that were inherited from phones from the late Palm (extinct in 2010). The system was inspired by the company founded in 1992 that had its golden years until the arrival of smartphones, so Motorola tried to recreate and enjoy the best that Palm software would offer with Android.

This idea made sense to the manufacturer, since Motorola's first Android smartphones were flip, sliders or came with full physical keyboards, including a mousepad in some cases. In addition to Motorola, other manufacturers used an interface with similar Motoblur concepts, such as Sony and HTC. As you might imagine, all of these options were unfeasible in the short term.

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<p>In mid-2011, Motorola swept Motoblur under the rug. According to the company's former product CEO Sanjay Jha, in an interview with Engadget, the decision came after numerous negative feedbacks from the brand's user community with services over the years.</p>
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Newer lines, such as the latest Atrix and Razr's, released between 2012 and early 2013, hit the market with a new interface dubbed Moto Switch (image below), which was short-lived but was the true successor to Motoblur.

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RAZR with Moto Switch interface / AndroidPIT

Still in 2013, Motorola launched the first Moto G and Moto X that already brought the manufacturer's vision for pure Android. The Moto Switch, however, was brought to Android KitKat on the RAZR D1, RAZR D3, RAZR i and RAZR HD devices, and was later dropped. Motoblur, well … maybe it was Motorola's biggest movie burn to date.

Did you live the time of Motoblur? Prefer modified or simpler Android?

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