Motorola announced the Webtop and laptop dock with the popular Atrix smartphone in early 2011. These docks were a huge hit with the customers and managed to grab some attention (initially). But gradually, Motorola started losing traction in the market as newer and better droids hit the market. Motorola didn’t give up on its docks though which were seen even with the next lot of smartphones that the company launched. Some of these were bundled with the smartphone for a premium price while at the same time they were available separately as well. And now, Motorola has decided to end the sales of all laptop accessories beginning with its new range of droids. The Webtop app which came preloaded in most Moto devices will no longer be seen either. In a statement given by the company, it is clear that the company isn’t willing to continue selling these accessories as they weren’t doing that well of late.
Well, while this is bad news for some, we totally saw it coming. Motorola’s idea initially was to make their device owners realize what they can do with their smartphone. All this in a time when no other manufacturer had such accessories, so one would have expected Motorola to go a long way. But sadly, Motorola got it wrong with the prices. The laptop docks were always on the steeper side which meant that the customers rarely went for it. Perhaps, better marketing would have helped. But it has moved on now which is a good sign, and we can see some time spent on accessories that are worthwhile and which would appeal to the masses.
This is what the company said in its official release – “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.”
Users who were expecting to see these fancy accessories with the Droid Razr HD, Photon Q or the Razr M are bound for disappointment. The concept, no doubt was very intriguing, but in a time when people are trying to cut costs and make things as simpler as possible, it didn’t make any logical sense. Motorola has a bright future ahead with a bunch of its Android smartphones heading towards us. It will be interesting to see how the fans respond to this.
Via: Android Central