If Google have acquired Motorola then why isn’t the Motorla DROID Razr M, along with other Razr HD handsets shipping with stock Android? Could the answer be as simple as Verizon wanting Blur?
Motorola DROID RAZR HD, MAXX HD & RAZR M have BLUR because of Verizon?
TheVerge reports that the Vice President of Motorola said that one of their main focuses was on Android and he then went on to the question of shipping out stock Android on their handsets. He said that they wanted to be as close to base as they could be, as this was the right thing for their customers. He also mentioned faster upgrades and long haul ones for handsets. What you have to focus on are the words “as close as they can be”. This sounds a lot like Motorola, although Google owned, cannot release handsets without custom skins and Verizon software on them points out TheVerge. Also bear in mind that the handsets come with Android 4.0 ICS and not Jelly Bean.
The VP then went on to say that it was all about negotiating and meeting somewhere in the middle, admitting that some customisation had to be put up with. When asked whether it was the carriers who were behind the reason for the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, MAXX HD and RAZR M not being stock Androids, he said that partners often wanted customisations.
Motorola have not enjoyed success with their devices running Android outside of Verizon. One of main reasons why the Razr line has gained in popularity is because of the Droid banding and the marketing for the holiday season. So it looks like Motorola may be stuck between a rock and a hard place here.