Motorola Droid 3

Motorola’s latest Android phone, the Droid 3, provides a look at the company’s newest version of Motoblur — the software interface that’s designed to run on top of Android. The main purpose of Motoblur is to put a unique, signature spin on the Android experience that’s exclusive to Motorola smartphones.

The folks at PocketNow posted a video showing some of the highlights. The newest version of Motoblur isn’t quite as in-your-face as previous versions. There aren’t any more social widgets on the home screen. And when you tap-and-hold an app icon on the home screen to move it, a series of grid markers shows up to make it easier to place icons.

You can uninstall most of the 3rd party apps that come preloaded with the Droid 3, but the Verizon V Cast apps that come with the phone are not removable.

Many Droid fans who were looking forward to the release of the Droid 3 were disappointed after learning that Motoblur would be packaged on top of Android Gingerbread. They were also dismayed to learn that it couldn’t be removed thanks to a locked bootloader. They should be happy to hear that the latest version of Motoblur is evidently far less intrusive than older versions, and the Android experience, though not totally natural, is still fast and clean.


William Shaub is a performance major at Juilliard who balances a life in music with heavy doses of writing and tennis. He loves tech journalism, and spends an enormous amount of time on a smartphone. You...