It’s official, Motorola will no longer be creating WebTop products for its phones. In a statement to CNET today, Motorola confirmed that it would no longer be developing devices that uses its WebTop technology. In addition, the company will no longer be producing new accessories such as the lapdock for devices.
WebTop was software that ran on the phone and provided a desktop environment when the device was connected to a television or docked into a special laptop called the lapdock.
With the lapdock, users could dock their phone into a laptop-looking device and get a full desktop. From the lapdock, you could browse the web using Firefox for desktop, launch apps, email, and much more.
It was first introduced on the Motorola Atrix 4G. Because of its high price tag, and additional data plan required to utilize the lapdock, the concept didn’t really take off with consumers.
According to Motorola, adoption to the WebTop app wasn’t strong enough. Instead using their resources on something that isn’t widely used, they have devided to move on. Here is their full statement 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.
Overall, I think that Webtop and the accompanying Lapdock were great features by Motorola. Unfortunately, pricing killed this great procuct right from the beginning. When the Atrix 4G was launched, the phone + Lapdock sold for $500. In addition, the use of the lapdock required an extra tethering plan that simply killed the idea to many users.
What do you think about Motorola saying goodbye to their Webtop app and lapdock? Will you miss it? Let us know by leaving a comment below.