All future high-end Motorola smartphones to get Webtop docking app
The Webtop dock turns your smartphone into a laptop device and gives you a full desktop Firefox browser to work on with full-desktop like functionality. According to Jha, shipping Webtop on high-end Motorola smartphones is part of a plan by his company to become more software-centric. "We are trying to change the culture at Motorola to become a much more software-centric company," said the CEO, "One of the ways to do that is to bring entrepreneurial people with software skills into the company."
The June start date means that those Verizon customers waiting on the Motorola DROID Bionic will not have the luxury of buying a Webtop dock-at least not immediately upon launch. Jha said that "time constraints" are the only reason that the dual-core powered device won't be shipping with the dock. On the other hand, the executive didn't say that a Webtop dock wouldn't be added as an accessory later down the road.
While the Webtop dock that is available for the Motorola ATRIX 4G is optimized for the Tegra 2 chipset on the phone, work has already started on getting the dock to work with the TI OMAP4 processor. The Motorola Mobility CEO also said that an upgrade on the Webtop dock to Firefox 4 will be available later this year.
1. hello-dirty (unregistered)
Beautiful. We are all one step closer to eliminating the need for desktops or laptops for the typical consumer/non-gamer. A portable SOC that simply plugs into your dock and turns your monitor and keyboard into a computer or laptop. Now they just need to increase the battery life, minimize the actual number of cores in use while it is a phone, and build an OS that will allow all the functionality of a basic laptop: word, excel. pwr pt, full internet, and all those silly programs that make my simple college laptop a necessary at this time.
2. Lucas777 (Posts: 2131; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
far from it... this little device could never power a laptop that would suffice for half of a consumers needs... it wudnt be able to run anything or do anything... basically all this dock is is just one big internet viewer... IT DOES NOTHING ELSE
6. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
you can run any app on the phone on your dock, the "firefox" experience is a bonus....
with this dock you can
-edit your documents with ease (have you tried doing that on a touchscreen sometimes is a pain)
-play games (not PC like games yet but will get there)
-chat (yay for the full QWERT power)
-send messages with everything
-download files, music, video
Thats what most my fiends do so I beg to differ
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5724; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I imagine Microsoft would have an issue with Word, Excel and PowerPoint running on a non-Microsoft O/S. You might see some variation of Office running on a future edition of a Microsoft mobile O/S. But Android or iOS? Fuggedaboudit.
7. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
there are office alternates that work pretty good, they don't have all those flashy macros or the looks... but if you don't use them and don't mind that the UI looks different you can get things done
4. achilles (Posts: 54; Member since: 27 May 2010)
I just listend to the full audio of Motorola's conference presentation, and it DID NOT say that the Bionic was getting Webtop. What was said was that time contraints kept the Bionic from getting it. It did not say that later the Bionic would get it! Sanjay said that high end phones shipping June and later would have it. Also, the Bionic is shipping with 512 Ram. This points to the Bionic not being offered the ability, but some newer phones JUNE and on, will have it. What that means to me is, WAIT until JUNE and Later to upgrade. Remember all the Razor Variants? Remember the Droid 2, Droid 2 global, and R2-D2 droid? A phone similiar to the Bionic will come with the Webtop!
5. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Love the web top concept with the next gen preprocessors and more ram this could outrun a notebook with ease plus with the right browsers you may get more power
8. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Would love to hear from some of the Atrix owners to see how the concept works on the trend setter. Any one heard about it or own one?
9. blinkbrother (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)
I have the Atrix and the dock. It is good for Applications that are on the web. Phone based Apps still run on the phone and not on the monitor. Office productivity tools are not up to speed. Printing and cut and paste are very basic. For instance I can print a document, but it has to be the entire document. I like dock and webtop, but it is not a laptop. I hope improvements continue. It is cool