Motorola Makes It Official: No More Webtop On Future Androids

Motorola may have started 2012 off with grand plans for Webtop, its app that lets users connect their Androids to an HDTV or laptop dock for extended functionality, but it’s been on its way downhill in recent months. At first, Motorola talked big about the program’s future, and its plans to offer more browser choices beyond the full version of Firefox it already gave users access to. This summer, though, upon the release of the Atrix HD, we started noticing a conspicuous absence of Webtop on new Motorola hardware. Motorola explained that as a cost-saving decision, but didn’t elaborate on Webtop’s future. Since then, we’d heard rumors that Motorola had told engineers to abandon Webtop, and now the manufacturer has finally made things official, throwing-in the towel on Webtop once and for all.

In a short statement, Motorola explains that Webtop will no longer be present on its future Androids. It blames the decision on a low rate of use, below that which would justify dedicating ongoing resources to the program’s development. Motorola also notes how much more full-featured and desktop-like Android’s been getting, negating some of the benefits afforded by Webtop.

That’s a shame, because even if it wasn’t as widely used as Motorola would have liked to see, Webtop definitely has its fans, especially with the improvements introduced alongside the introduction of Ice Cream Sandwich. More than that, though, it was an innovative stab at doing something new and different, so it’s unfortunate when things don’t work out and we find ourselves heading back to the status quo.

Source: Motorola
Via: Android Guys

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