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Motorola kills off its Webtop accessory, not many people notice

Updated Oct 21st, 2012 4:44PM EDT

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Motorola Mobility attempted to push its Webtop smartphone accessory with the DROID Bionic, RAZR, ATRIX and Photon smartphones earlier this year. Compatibility issues and a high price tag, however, ultimately led to poor sales. And late last week, the Google (GOOG)-owned device manufacturer confirmed to CNET that it has quietly killed off the accessory. Motorola’s Webtop software allowed select smartphones to be docked into a laptop-like accessory for access to a larger display and full keyboard.

“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,” the company said in a statement toCNET. “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.”


Dan joins the BGR team as the Android Editor, covering all things relating to Google’s premiere operating system. His work has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business and Yahoo News, among other publications. When he isn’t testing the latest devices or apps, he can be found enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City.