By Stephen Schenck | January 11, 2012 12:27 PM
Any smartphone user understands that one of the greatest appeals of these devices is their size, giving you the computing power to rival a laptop while easily sliding away in your pocket. Sometimes, though, you might not mind carrying around some larger gear if it means you can enjoy the luxuries of a larger screen and a proper keyboard. That’s where Motorola’s Webtop docks come in, giving its users access to some new software choices, like the full-fledged Firefox browser the system uses, while offering the form factor of a laptop with its Lapdocks. Motorola’s Sanjay Jha recently discussed some of the directions Webtop will be headed in the future, including new software options.
The most significant news Jha had to offer was that Firefox will soon not be the only browser accessible through Webtop’s interface. There’s no ETA at the moment, but somewhere down the line, Motorola intends to give users the option to use Google’s Chrome browser, instead. Seeing how Chrome’s share of the desktop browser market has been on the rise, it sounds like a smart choice for Motorola to offer.
Jha was less specific about other improvements in store for Webtop. A “next generation” version of the system will supposedly add new features, attempting to make the experience as well-rounded as one you’d have on a proper laptop. Right now, only about nine percent of the owners of Webtop-enabled phones use the feature. If everything goes to plan, we may see that figure grow a bit as Motorola continues to fine-tune things.