The phone is scheduled to be updated to Jelly Bean, maybe that will fix it without the need to rooting?
Jelly Bean was a pretty significant update to Android so... maybe? It's hard to say especially with any customizations that Motorola throws in on top but I doubt they'd make too many modifications, if any, to the functionality of the Talk app.
There isn't any equivalent to notification center is there?
I've only used up to iOS4 so I'm not 100% sure what's different now but as far as I can tell, the "shade" displays much of the same information. It shows what messages and emails you have, app statuses, system messages, and the Google Now stuff. Something you're looking for in particular?
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