I decided that I was tired of waiting for LTE phones and went to Verizon Wireless to upgrade my phone. I opted for the Droid X because I am now ok with only a touchscreen keyboard. After running Sapphire on my Droid since I got it I was quite used to a vanilla Android experience. Then enter MotorBlur….
The Verizon Wireless rep seemed confused when he checked if my new Droid X was syncing. All but two of my contacts are in groups, so I told him it was expected and left with the phone. Later on I attempted to turn on my groups. Here lied the issue. Apparently BlurContacts cannot show Google contact groups. Quite a big thing that made it through Q&A. Being the phone has been out for so long and gone through a couple updates it became clear to me this was not a concern for Motorola. Off looking for solutions I went.
It would have been too easy if Motorola left a way to revert back to the vanilla apps. I quickly rooted the phone and installed Koush’s recovery as I figured both would be required. I quickly installed a 2.x version of the Tranquility ROM. Being that the instructions said it would deodex the phone, I did not do it beforehand. I should have read the entire thread, because it apparently will just hang on boot if you do not deodex first. Since I then could not get RSD Lite to recognize my phone I thought I was SOL. I had not made a backup after I got recovery installed. Fortunately that day the 320 update leaked and was in an update.zip format. A quick copy to the microSD card and subsequent install and I was back up and running.
I did a lot more research this time and opted for Tranquility 3.5. This time I did a backup, deodexed 320 and then installed Tranquility 3.5. Unfortunately both the phone and contacts apps were still the blur version. They were just renamed. Back to the leaked 320 release I went. Now I figured I would go to Verizon Wireless and start harassing them about the issue until I could talk with an actual Motorola support rep.
Today I tried just searching for the 2.2.1 version of the phone and contacts apps. I stumbled upon rubiX Focused 1.9.3. This was another ROM stating blur was removed. So I did another backup and applied it through recovery. Upon boot I was pleased to find a more vanilla experience! The ROM is also extremely quick.
I most likely would not have hunted down a custom ROM this quickly if BlurContacts worked properly. Things like this can deter potential customers. No official response also can make a company seem like it does not care about its customers. Hopefully Motorola will make sure they are at least matching the functionality of a vanilla Android install soon. For now I will continue running rubiX as it is simply awesome!