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PC Mag’s Sascha Segan Braves The Inhuman Heat To Get The Story On Virgin’s Vanilla Androids

After we journalists braved the “in-human” head on Thursday afternoon in New York City, standing in line outside on 18th Street, we got to see the newest members of the Motorola Android Family.  The Photon 4G is Sprint’s version of the Motorola Atrix, with a lot more thrown in for the enterprise customer.  The Motorola Triumph on the other hand was something much different.

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As we reported earlier, the Motorola Triumph, is a Vanilla Android device, similar in form factor to the Motorola Droid X.  The Triumph is also the only pre-paid Android device that is not only a Vanilla Android device, but it’s the only prepaid device with a front facing camera and a HDMI out as well.  It’s really the best prepaid Android device out there.

After the blogsphere got word of the “Vanilla” experience on the Motorola Triumph, Sascha Segan over at PCMag did some digging. Was this a fluke? Was this a one time thing? Were we seeing a pre-production Vanilla unit before Motorola’s Moto Blur?

Segan received an email back from Virgin Mobile USA that said:
“Virgin Mobile USA aims to make available devices that allow the end user to have the freedom to customize the device to their liking. We like to take a consistent approach with our Android portfolio and so we prefer to have the true Android experience loaded on all our Android phones,”

After we read and re-read the statement from Virgin we also had the same question as Segan, will this stance on customization also include unlocked boot-loaders? We will have to wait and see but for now rest assured that Virgin will try, when they can, to provide an original Android experience.

Do be aware though that they said “We like to take a consistent approach” which does leave them the lee-way to perhaps take an HTC device down the road, still laden with the HTC Sense UI.

Motorola and Motorola Mobility CEO, Sanjay Jha, recently came under fire when he revealed that they were using Moto Blur to analyze data sent back from customer phones. This data included apps installed, battery drain, brightness, time on call, etc.  While the data appears to be anonymous in nature, we can never be too sure.

Source: PC Mag

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