We've all heard it time and time again: generally speaking, people hate manufacturer skins on Android phones, i.e. Blur, Touchwiz, Sense, etc. I realize that not everyone falls into this category, but I think it's probably safe to say that the bulk of Android users do. It looks like we're not the only ones that are opposed to manufactures gumming up our beloved Android with their custom overlays - Virgin Mobile, a prepaid subsidiary of Sprint, has taken a pro-stock-Android approach to all of its devices. Have a look at what a Virgin spokesperson told PCmag via email:
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.
This statement is even further backed up by the lack of Blur on Virgin's first Motorola Android phone - the recently announced Motorola Triumph. This is definitely a new direction for a carrier, and I have a feeling that once Virgin increases its Android portfolio, it will become quite popular with the Android community.
We're not sure if this changes anything on the bootloader front, but for now, we'll take what we can get. Good on you, Virgin - you make us proud.