This clip shows the home screen's functionality: I tap the Happenings widget, browse through a few new status updates, tap one Facebook friend's name, and up comes his entire, aggregated contact info. Stalking ahoy!


The Motorola Blur isn't a skin like HTC's Sense UI, but more of a collection of widgets and ways to use them. It places social networking front and center, with most of the homescreen taken up with the two main cards, Happenings and Messages. Happenings aggregates all updates from Facebook, Twitter and Myspace, and while those three are the extent of the Cliq's supported networks, Motorola confirmed that it's extremely easy to add more social networking protocols. Messages just aggregates all your messages from every social network you're signed up for—Facebook, Email, SMS, IMs, whatever.


The social networking is very deeply integrated into the phone. For example, if you click on a contact anywhere under any social network, it'll give you the full contact information for every social network that guy belongs to. From there, you communicate with him through any network.

As for speed, it's pretty similar to other Android phones on the market now, like the Ion or the Hero. It's not faster, and it's not as smooth as say, the iPhone or the Pre, but the transitions are nice and it's not sluggish by any means. The accelerometer was slower than the iPhone's, but it wasn't that much slower.


It's definitely an Android phone, and can run all the Android apps you're accustomed to. You can still take the Android apps and drop them onto the Home screen, alongside all the fancy social networking widgets. It's pretty cool that manufacturers can take an Android phone and target it towards certain markets, like people who REALLY love social networking. There could be a business one later, that's focused on harassing people to join your LinkedIn list. Or email. Or whatever they come up with.