Back in early 2011, Motorola introduced its Webtop functionality alongside the Atrix 4G, a feature that allowed the device to do things like dock into a laptop shell and give users the ability to use a full browser while also controlling their phone on a larger screen. Several other Webtop-capable phones and Lapdock accessories were released after that, but it now looks as though those features will be coming to an end. Motorola has confirmed to CNET that it's axing Webtop, citing weak adoption and Android's growing list of desktop-like features as reasons behind the decision. Moto's full 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 desktop-like 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."
Motorola was still churning out new Lapdock models for customers with Webtop devices in late 2011, but we haven't heard much about either Webtop of Lapdocks since. While Webtop seemed like a pretty neat feature when it was first introduced alongside the Atrix 4G, both it and the Lapdocks never really seemed to gain a ton of traction with consumers, and now it appears that Webtop is quietly being offed by Motorola and new CEO Dennis Woodside. It seems unlikely that many will miss the feature, but for any of its supporters out there, you may want to hold on to your current crop of Webtop-capable products. Did any of you ever use a Lapdock or the Webtop functionality?