As the release of the XOOM nears, good news comes. No blur

| January 25, 2011 | Reply

Good news comes in as we near the release of the first Honeycomb powered tablet. Motorola Mobility has confirmed that there will be no Motoblur on the XOOM. Rumors have been floating around that the tablet would come with Motoblur on it or it would come via a mandatory update over the air. Google has said before that it would have a flagship company to give out the full Google Experience (like HTC and Samsung with the Nexus series) and now its Motorola Mobility’s turn to hand off that experience to the consumer. Though Motoblur has improved on each version, most people like Android just the way it is. Even though the XOOM will be a blur-free tablet, there hasn’t been any word for if the bootloader will be locked, but since this is the flagship Google device we can only hope that it won’t. Also, even though it’s blur-free, it may still come with some Moto apps or perhaps Verizon apps too. With that said, does that $699/$799 price tag seem so bad for a tablet that is pure Google? Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

That scary Internet may have told you that the upcoming Motorola Xoom would be coming with MotoBlur but the company told IntoMobile that this wouldn’t be the case and that this tablet would be a Google Experience device to show off Android 3.0 Honeycomb.

I saw the news earlier today, as an executive said the MotoBlur would come to the Motorola Xoom as a future software update, which caused some horror out there. MotoBlur was first introduced on the Cliq and while I don’t think it’s as bad as some like to make it, it’s definitely not the pure Android experience that many fans want.

I pinged Moto about this and received this response from a spokesperson:

To clarify, Motorola XOOM is a Google Experience Device and the first tablet to incorporate Android 3.0 Honeycomb. As such, Motorola Mobility has worked closely with Google to develop and optimize the Honeycomb OS on XOOM, and has no plans to customize the software with MotoBlur.

Sounds pretty clear to me and this makes a lot of sense because the Motorola Xoom has reportedly been the reference device at Google while it was refining Android for the tablet experience. I do expect Moto to make some of its social widgets and apps available through the market, though.

This is really good news for pure Android fans, as this should be the first major device to give us 3.0 Honeycomb in all its goodness, just as Google intended. Not much is known about the actual feel of the device in real life but we do know it will have a revamped user interface, additional features like video chatting and new APIs for developers to take advantage of the form factor. Check out what Blake thinks of the latest version of Android for tablets.

So, another rumor is debunked folks. Move along, nothing to see here.

Source: Intomobile

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