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ICS Motoblur Launcher on Any Phone
Motoblur has gotten a bad rap in its earlier days as an OEM skin. Unlike early iterations of HTC Sense and TouchWiz that were bloated but still usable, MotoBlur was almost unanimously considered unusable. However, now that Motoblur has been streamlined and given far less bloat, it’s only fair that we give it another shot.
Users now have access to the newest iteration of Motoblur launchers thanks to XDA Senior Member RockoDev. Both launchers provided by the developer are for Ice Cream Sandwich phones only, and give users the Motoblur experience without actually needing to buy a Motorola device.
The launchers, based on files from the Motorola Droid RAZR, will give any phone running 4.0 and higher a chance to check out the newest Motoblur. Users simply need to download one of the two APKs and either ADB Push them to system or use their favorite root-enabled file manager to move it there manually. Reboot and voila!
For those who would rather not use ADB or a root file manager to deposit the system files, RockoDev has promised flashable zips in the near future, so simply check back every couple of days if you’d rather go that route. Of course these APKs are just launchers, and not the whole Motoblur experience, but we all know how much of an impact changing your launcher has.
Additional information, download links to both APKs, instructions, and screen shots can be found in the application thread.
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