Motorola Lapdock accessories being discontinued per orders from Google?

Motorola Lapdock accessories being discontinued per orders from Google?
With the new Droid RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX not supporting the Webtop application, this may not come as a surprise. Given that the first two versions of the software were fairly limited, Motorola did not do itself any favors.  The platform did not allow for any third party innovation, so what you saw was what you got.

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.

source: PhoneNews.com

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9 Comments

1. antmiu2

Posts: 550; Member since: Jun 19, 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: Jul 15, 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: Aug 07, 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: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

ehhhh, ASUS might have something to say about that.

4. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

Google probably worked it into the Nexus 7 agreement :)

6. GoBears

Posts: 456; Member since: Apr 27, 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: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 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?

8. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

where did you get one for 49.99?

10. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

AT&T, Sprint and Verizon had them, there are also numerous deal sites online that had fire sales on these lapdocks.

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