According to a CNET report, Motorola has confirmed they are ending their line of laptop and webtop accessories due to poor adoption. Webtop, for those unfamiliar with the term, was a piece of software that allowed a Motorola smartphone, such as the ATRIX 4G, to dock into a special laptop-like accessory and run with limited computer functionality.
Unfortunately, the idea some called the future of computing wasn’t as widely adopted as Motorola, now a division of Google would have hoped. Poor execution and limited sales are forcing the company to stop devoting resources to the project.
The project was first featured with the Atrix 4G at the Consumer Electronics Show in 2011 where Motorola thought it would help road-warriors replace the need for a laptop. Unfortunately, the initial price tag of $500 would become the first of many signs looking back that are leading to the projects demise.
Motorola says their renewed focus will continue with better battery life, LTE, and ensuring timely updates to all their Android devices.
Full Motorola Statement:
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.