Motorola reveals Android skin for its phones

Despite officially becoming a Google-owned company earlier this week, it appears Motorola won't be utilizing the stock Android interface on its phones. Instead, the company has revealed it plans to release its own skin for the Android interface.

The skin won't differ much from the stock interface, according to videos on Motorola's Japanese site. Some notable changes include new icons and formatting modifications, as well as changes to the standard lock and home screens. Motorola's new lock screen includes quick access to the camera, text messages, phone book and home screen. Additional widgets have been added to Motorola phones as well, including specialized social networking tools. Motorola has also overhauled the stock Android camera to include the ability to capture stills while recording video.

A video illustrating some of the changes the company has made to the stock lock and home screens can be seen below. Additional videos of the company's changes to the standard interface can be seen here.

It's unclear if any of the changes Motorola's made to the stock Android experience will alleviate some of the legal issues it faces from Microsoft's ownership of key smartphone patents, although that seems an unlikely scenario. Microsoft recently won an injunction against Motorola for Android's use of multi-part text messaging. Microsoft and Motorola are facing numerous other patent disputes relating to Android, however. Motorola and Microsoft are also facing a lawsuit over the use of H.264 encoding in Microsoft's Xbox 360, among other issues.

Via: The Verge
Source: Motorola Japan

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Yeah this is pretty terrible haha, why do they keep doing this? They've gotta be able to hire someone who knows how to make a UI.. Why don't they do it?

every android UI,either skin or "stock" looks like crap.whoever thinks it looks ok is ****ed in the head, or has low standards

vcfan said,
every android UI,either skin or "stock" looks like crap.whoever thinks it looks ok is ****ed in the head, or has low standards

Yes, obviously anyone who disagrees with you is wrong!

Actually, from what I've seen, aside the backgrounds and wallpapers this is actually very close to stock Android 4.0. They just added some icons to the lockscreen and moved the clock. On the launcher the only thing different from stock ICS is the abscence of the Google bar.

See, since they're owned by Google now, surely they should be using the stock OS? If they did I'm sure many people would buy them in a heartbeat.

Chasethebase said,
See, since they're owned by Google now, surely they should be using the stock OS?

No, that's the beauty of the openness of Android.
All OEMs want to (and are allowed/encouraged) customize it to offer a distinctly branded experience.

The stock Android experience is there for reference only.
I think the Galaxy brand is leading Android sales globally. Here's hoping Droid gets more love outside US.

why is that no OEM can do a UI which is not a weak ripoff like touchwiz or a fugly ****** like this?

no disrespect but the basic android look is a bang in the head too - so custom skins on Android are not a feature but a need...

Morden said,
why is that no OEM can do a UI which is not a weak ripoff like touchwiz or a fugly ****** like this?

no disrespect but the basic android look is a bang in the head too - so custom skins on Android are not a feature but a need...

...Well I don't think many people are going to agree with you about the stock android look there pal. Every custom skin I've seen looks worse than stock.

M4x1mus said,

...Well I don't think many people are going to agree with you about the stock android look there pal. Every custom skin I've seen looks worse than stock.

well, the first android UI that has a hint of professional design work is ICS - the former versions were just like some cheap Chinese ripoff , NOKLA or something...

Morden said,
why is that no OEM can do a UI which is not a weak ripoff like touchwiz or a fugly ****** like this?

Sony's skin for the Xperia S phones looks quite nice actually.

ichi said,

Sony's skin for the Xperia S phones looks quite nice actually.


yeah, but the skin takes a toll on the performance of android, so that's no good either.

Morden said,

no disrespect but the basic android look is a bang in the head too - so custom skins on Android are not a feature but a need...

Completely disagree here. Android ICS (4.0+) is very attractive looking in my opinion, but of course beauty is subjective as we all know.

FalseAgent said,
Android will be forever ugly because of such skins.

Even stock? Come on now, not all Android devices have these crappy skins on them

SharpGreen said,

Even stock? Come on now, not all Android devices have these crappy skins on them

But the only phone that ships with stock ICS is the Galaxy Nexus...and Samsung is going to demote that in favor of the Galaxy S3 now.

SharpGreen said,

Even stock? Come on now, not all Android devices have these crappy skins on them

I love stock. It's all this Samsung HTC and now Motorola BS though that makes it look bad. D:

does anyone else think the UI designer overthought this interface and essentially complicated simple tasks?

Osiris said,
No disrespect to Android etc but overall that just looks fugly.

Well the beauty about android is that.you can completely customize your UI and get.it to the level that you find most appropriate. Most if these manufacturer skins aren't the best I agree but hey you can always change it up

Osiris said,
No disrespect to Android etc but overall that just looks fugly.

Even stock ICS Android is fugly. The futuristic UI isn't done well, IMHO.