Motorola has confirmed is its ditching Webtop concept, due to disappointing sales.
Webtop was a piece of software that enabled a compatible Motorola smartphone to function as a mini computer, providing access to a desktop version of Firefox, Facebook or corporate email via Citrix, when used with specially designed accessories including the Lapdock (below) with it’s 11.6-inch screen and keyboard.
Motorola unveiled the concept at CES in 2011 with the Motorola Atrix. When the Atrix was docked with the specially designed Lapdock or HD Multimedia Dock (which could be hooked up to an HDMI-ready TV), the Webtop app provided access to a Windows style UI, navigated using a mouse or the Atrix’s touchscreen.
Although the product was ahead of its time, it seems it wasn’t successful. Partially because of price – on launch in the UK the Lapdock was priced £299 – comparative to a netbook, although prices did drop, but also (according to Motorola), because the Android OS is starting to include more desktop features.
A statement from Motorola to CNET stated:
‘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.’