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Motorola Set to Kill Off the Webtop Concept

by Sean P. Aune | October 6, 2012October 6, 2012 11:00 am PST

Motorola is going to bid farewell to its Webtop line of software and docks after less than two years since it was introduced.

At CES 2011, Motorola took the veil off of the Atrix and the laptop dock that could be purchased separately. The idea was that you could dock your phone on the back of the laptop and it would then power the device and expand the user interface so you could interact with it just like you could any other computer. The initial concept was a sound one, and it seemed appealing, but it never grabbed hold because the docks were expensive and didn’t add anything to the usability of the phone beyond screen size and the keyboard. ASUS has been having success with its Transformer line as the keyboard docks aren’t horribly expensive, act as a backup battery and give you additional ports such as USB.

Instead of retooling the concept, Motorola is just going to move on from the concept all together. The newest devices from the company will not be coming with the Webtop software, and the docks will no longer be available for purchase. The company issued an official statement regarding the matter to CNET.

Motorola’s Webtop app helps users extend their smartphone experience to larger screens. While consumers around the world have adopted Webtop and the concept spurred a lot of innovation in the industry, the adoption has not been strong enough to justify continued resources being allocated to developing Webtop on future devices. We have also seen development of the Android operating system focus on the inclusion of more desktoplike features. Beginning with Photon Q and Droid Razr M/Droid Razr HD/Droid Razr Maxx HD, we will no longer be including Webtop on our products moving forward.

It was a nice try on Motorola’s part, but it just never seemed to get any legs under it.

[via CNET]

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...