Motorola has decided to stop developing its Webtop system. Motorola cited underwhelming sales as a key reason for its decision not to go forward with the project anymore. As Android devices become more powerful and feature-rich, the need for a desktop-like device becomes less necessary, and Motorola has realized this.
Motorola Webtop, with the help of a laptop shell, essentially allowed users to turn their smartphone into a laptop. It allowed users to create a mobile office almost anywhere, which was convenient, but by no means a critical part of using the devices. There was also a smaller device that allowed users to connect their phones to a television and set up an office almost anywhere.
In a statement to Cnet, Motorola said, “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.” If you use a device with this feature, enjoy it while you can, as it appears Motorola is not wasting any time phasing it out of its devices.
The main limitation of the feature was the cost. AT&T sold the Atrix 2 with its laptop dock for $500. It is possible to pick up a cheaper smartphone and a dedicated laptop for cheaper than that. While Webtop performed some great functionality, it was still not as functional as a dedicated laptop. Hopefully, this failure does not stop hardware makers from innovating going forward, it just seems like this idea priced itself out of competition.