Webtop never really caught-on last year like it might have, despite Motorola releasing a number of handsets supporting the system. Users who did opt to take advantage of Webtop were able to dock their phones with custom hardware, including some options that would essentially transform the phone into a laptop computer, complete with its own version of Firefox. With Motorola ICS ROMs now leaking out, users have been able to try out the new Webtop 3.0 beta, and there look to be quite a few changes waiting.
Most notable may be the revamped user interface, which now seems more like a scaled-up version of vanilla ICS with fewer Motorola customizations. Speculation suggests this move is a consequence of Android 4.0’s comfort with both phone and tablet resolutions.
Firefox also seems to have jumped-ship, with a Webtop-enabled version of the standard Android Browser replacing it. It may just be a consequence of this beta build, but Chrome did not seem to want to play nicely with Webtop 3.0. That’s interesting, because we’d heard that Chrome will become an official browser choice.
We’re not sure just how much of this will carry-over to the final release, but it will an interesting move by Motorola if a lot does. We’d be concerned that the company is risking making Webtop less distinct of a feature, but at the same time consumers may prefer the familiarity of a standard Android interface. Check out the video of Webtop 3.0 beta in-action below.