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.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Genjinaro

    LOL! Well the practice lives up to the name of the carrier. ;-) ;-) Gotta respect that.

  • Ken

    What about all the crapware? I thought it was going to come with some annoying "social music" app.

  • Liberty

    Yesss! This VM customer has just become a VM fan!

  • Jaime

    Wow. Gotta respect them. Aren't their phones low/mid end though?

    • ctndu

      motorola triumph got a 1ghz snapdragon, 5 megapixel camera, flash, front-facing camera, mini-hdmi port, 4.1 inch screen. i'd say that's pretty high end right? very least on the cusp if not right on I reckon

  • Vince

    Way to go, VM!! You rock!!

  • JayMonster

    Definitely like the tone of this... but one thing... " , but I think it’s probably safe to say that the bulk of Android users do." I think is patently false. Especially now that Android is so well adopted by the non-geek crowd. Yes, it os the bulk of people that visits blobs like this, but the greater audience doesn't know what Sense, TouchEiz or MOTOBLUR is, nevermind knowing enough to care.

  • Andrew

    Any idea what this will do for updates? They should come fairly fast without the skins.

    • JayMonster

      The lower the price point, the less timethis the manufacturer is going to give a rats ass about updating it.

      • http://trueacu.com acupunc

        yep, thus It seems safest to always go with either the Google experience device or a device that devs are supporting.

  • jbonics

    Wow the person that buys the phone actually gets to decide what crap goes on it unbelievable. I WISH I THOUGHT OF THAT

    • JayMonster

      You have no idea if that is true. It can be just as locked down while being a stock device.

  • http://fc1032.blogspot.com Brian

    In Australia, they're also one of the few don't carriers that don't add software onto phones.

    Basically, the phones are like the ones you get outright! :D

  • http://twitter.com/phonecount Sean

    I wonder if this is why the new Motorola phone is coming out with 2.2... so they can have version parity across all their Android devices.

    There may be a down-side to their desire for uniformity.

  • Elvis

    Awesome, +10 for them :)

  • ErsMerz

    Are their 100% Stock android phones being updated by Google directly?

    Or is VM responsible for updates? Or even Moto in the end..

  • Noel

    I am all for a pure virgin vanilla Android experience....i am not much of a fan of Motorola phones...but i like the Triumph, even though just a single core device. My preference from now on is dual core devices...hope they have one in the pipe line

  • HamDog

    I'm leaving Verizon for VM when the Triumph comes out. I'm tired of $80/month bills when I barely use my phone. I don't even use my OG Droid too much anymore as I'm done with it's novelty after almost 2 years of use. But it's certainly nice to have the tools when you need it. So I'm hoping the Triumph will be in their $25/month plan with unlimited data. Just hoping the price won't be something ridiculous for the phone.