I've been saying this for a while. And it's precisely the reason given by Nokia for choosing to partner with MS. Hardware is quickly becoming commoditized and the only way for OEM's to charge a premium and make decent margins is to differentiate on software. Now, I do agree that they may be too focused on UI overlays, but that's the way it is. Most people won't and don't want to root their phone and flash a rom. The hardcore "vanilla" constituency here only validates the marketability of these overlays. No, no overlay is for everyone - try to be all things for all people and no one is satisfied. If instead of Blur the Moto phones came loaded with Cyanogen Mod a lot of people here would be all over it (and a lot of people wouldn't care for it). People keep projecting their preferences on the market, but the market is not uniform (otherwise everyone would have an IPhone).