January 31, 2015

Motorola not developing Webtop on future devices

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Motorola has confirmed that its Webtop technology is no longer going to be included in future Android-based smartphones.  An official announcement from the hardware maker advises that even though there was a good level of interest and community support, the ends do not justify the means.  To that end, Motorola will cease developing handsets with Webtop capability.

Two key reasons that likely led to the death of the Webtop technology is that the price and the increasingly smarter Android.  The last of such devices to include the feature will be the forthcoming Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD.

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.

As long-time  Android enthusiasts may recall, the Motorola Atrix introduced the capability of using your phone to power a laptop-like experience.  Inserted into a dock, the handset would act like the brains of a PC.  Separated, it was nothing more than a super-phone and a dummy keyboard/display.

CNET



17 Comments

  1. jay
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    Such a shame, but understandable. i really liked the idea of these and did consider one, but with a starting price the same as a netbook, and the network port capable version costing the same as an average spec laptop, it priced it’s self out of consideration.
    I understand that these may of cost alot to make hence the high price, and can understand that these are netbooks minus a few chips. but when considering either this device or a laptop/netbook. with one you have a redundent system, the other if your phone plays up, you cannot work.
    Great Idea, shame they could not of made it more cost effective to make/purchace

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