Motorola Lapdock accessories being discontinued per orders from Google?
The latest version of Webtop was able to take advantage of Android 4.x and its ability to manage different resolutions and render them on the larger screen very well. Unfortunately, that did not counter some of the Lapdock's other obstacles, namely price. These stand-alone empty shells were more expensive than some nicely featured tablets and netbooks. The user feedback generally did not help either, but that can also be attributed to the fact that not many of the docks sold.
When Google closed its acquisition of Motorola, there was to be a “firewall” between the entities, thus allowing their relative autonomy to continue growth and development. Taking that barrier aside for a moment, Google had itself developed ideas about a desktop OS and Webtop was not it. Chrome OS may not be it either, but rather, Android itself.
Sources have told PhoneNews.com this decision came from the top at Google and breached the firewall to Motorola. The result is that apparently Verizon has a fire sale on whatever Lapdocks remain in stock, so there is a small silver lining. The other silver lining is that Google certainly did not throw the baby out with the bath water in making this decision. It is a good idea after all. Other companies are looking to achieve similar, seamless functionality as well.
We may yet see Webtop reincarnated in a future Android release.
1. antmiu2 (Posts: 260; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)
webtop was heading in a good way.. sad to see it go.. hope something better will come in its place
7. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
if it was Android 5.0 with desktop, then Windows 8 will have a hard time... and macbooks too.
Android will be everywhere! Now fighting macbooks too. can't wait for a droidbook.
2. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
it will reincarnate in the form of a dockable 10"display that turns your phone into a tablet... which in turn can be docked into a keyboard that turns it into a laptop =D
3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5685; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
ehhhh, ASUS might have something to say about that.
4. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)
Google probably worked it into the Nexus 7 agreement :)
6. GoBears (Posts: 425; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
I snagged a 49.99 lapdock 100. I actually like using it, especially for things like web browsing and netflix on the go.
9. lsutigers (Posts: 813; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
I picked up a Droid Bionic lapdock (similar to the original Atrix) for my Photon and its been a great addition. From what I've seen once Android 4.0 / 4.1 comes to the Photon webtop basically mirrors the OS which is nice. You can't go wrong for $50.
Anyone know how much the Lapdock 500 is going for?
10. lsutigers (Posts: 813; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
AT&T, Sprint and Verizon had them, there are also numerous deal sites online that had fire sales on these lapdocks.