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Motorola’s Webtop and Lapdock are Dead.

In news that will likely disappoint very few, Motorola has officially killed off its custom webtop software and lapdock mobile accessories. First introduced at CES in early 2011, this was Motorola’s attempt at creating the ultimate portable business and computing solution. Docking a phone into a shell of a laptop to create a computer experience – what an innovative idea, right? Well, after hitting stores under a sky-high pricing model, the accessory line failed to take off. The slow, buggy, and limited software also didn’t help the cause.

It was pretty obvious that this move was coming, after seeing the UI for webtop in Ice Cream Sandwich switch to a full tablet mode. But now, the end is here. It’s one of those solutions that I wish would have been done properly, but unfortunately, it just never was.

Will you miss the webtop and lapdock idea?

Via:  CNET

  • InteriorGal

    I have one and loved the concept it cost alot less than a tablet. I got mine for $149.00 and I didn’t have to have an additional data plan. I really like using it. figured something was up when the upgrade to Ice Cream sandwich took away the firefox browser. Still works well for having a keyboard, larger screen. Bummed. :(

  • MotoDone

    I had planned on upgrading to the HD. No need now. I’ll stick with the RAZR until someone else comes out with a similar solution. It’s unfortunate. The dock worked well in our business environment. I’ve been using Motorolla products exclusively for more than 5 years. Loyalty can be a truly fleeting thing.

  • Alan Paone

    Motorola should recycle the OG lapdock design for a chromebook. The only thing wrong was the trackpad and the performance.

  • kidf

    Clamdock will be the future

  • michael o’brien

    I never got it, or even had a phone that supported it. I will say though that the idea is awesome, and I would hope that they expand the idea and build upon it.

  • http://twitter.com/morpheus282 William

    I picked up a lapdock on clearance for $50 and gave it to my wife to use with her RAZR. She loves it. If the dock had been $100, I doubt she would like it as much. At $200 she would have hated it. Excellent idea, poor pricing and execution.

  • Randolph NY

    Now, for those google and motorola people, PLEASE RECONSIDER, as this is really a good thing. At least don’t drop those of us that did buy 500.

  • Randolph NY

    What stinks, is I wasted my money on this idea! I really think it is a great tool if it was set up more inline to computers. BUMMER!!!!

  • enob

    It isn’t dead until they update my razr and remove it…. so never

  • http://www.facebook.com/ForeverPhoenix Will Valentine

    i bought my lapdock for my bionic (which was over hyped and not supported), it ran slow and then i got a razr maxx and with ics and and a dremel this lapdock actually works really good, i like it and that sucks that they would kill such a good idea. anyways i still love moto. best products ever. have yet to break one and i don’t use a case. built tough!

  • Aaron

    It had to die for the same reason we’ll never see the Padfone in the US. The major US carriers won’t stand for their customers freely using the data they have paid for as they choose. It’s only coincidence that Moto’s implementation sucked.

  • Hothfox

    I’m really hoping the Ubuntu for Android thing takes off eventually.

  • Mario

    This is awful! I now have zero incentive to stay with Moto. The promise of taking my office ‘in my phone’ was the only thing keeping me with my Razr. They have totally thrown out an awesome niche product that was a cool RDP pathway. The webtop 3 update was a huge step back. Now, they’ve simply thrown away a perfect opportunity.
    I might as well go to Samsung now (Note 2). Its only shortcoming now is the lack of a dedicated hdmi port. (oh, and its hideous size)

  • Derek

    Bought one for $50 and it still wasn’t worth it to me. So slow and terribly put together. No thanks and you won’t be missed. I do like the idea but I guess we need faster phones or something.

  • jer85008

    Such a shame, it’s a great idea that was poorly implemented. Now that Quad-core superphones are the norm, this could really work well as a total laptop replacement if done right.

  • Akashshr

    That was a mistake, Google should had supercharged it their style and made it better!

  • http://www.hypable.com/ Joshua Nealey

    These would never work because they were limited with what phone they’d use. In the future we’ll be using these types of devices, but they’ll be more versatile. You’ll be able to drop any phone in the dock that you own and have all of your data with you everywhere you go. The idea is good, we’re just not there yet.

  • Matthew Rose

    Ill post this here too. If someone will make an adapter to convert the keyboard/trackpad to bluetooth that would cost up to $70 I would buy it and a lapdock in a heartbeat. For all the electronics tinkers out there, please hear that as a challenge and offer!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1611438892 Dan Hiorns

    The Bionic “official” ICS leaks still contain webtop. It was very refined and very smooth. I wish they would have continued it…

  • Daniel Clifford

    Getting mine at $50 was a great deal. Acts like a huge extended battery. I have yet to use the ICS version from the Bionic leak, but all the reviews said it was miles better. I personally did not have a problem with the GB version. Basically got a netbook with my purchase.

  • RoadsterHD1

    They worked ok, they were just to expensive.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=535178558 Nathan Massouda
  • http://twitter.com/g1701gst Greg

    Sad day. :(
    I have 7 of these unopened in my closet that I bought for $50. I was hoping the new Razr HD would fit/support these and I could sell them for some extra Christmas spending money.
    I modified one to fit my Razr Maxx and love it. Very handy when traveling or camping.

    • http://twitter.com/g1701gst Greg

      Ubuntu and Chorme OS support someday would be a wet dream come true!

    • http://twitter.com/gowithmcgehee Jim McGehee

      Something you’re willing to sell? I love these. They aren’t perfect, but they do what they do.

  • Erick

    Shame, really good idea if they implemented it properly.

  • saimin

    These things just didn’t make sense anymore, especially with the prices they were charging and the hardware incompatibility issues.

    You can get the same functionality with a $200 Nexus 7 + bluetooth keyboard (or even a cheap USB keyboard).

  • Kane

    Sell them all at or below cost to XDA and they will fix it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

      They did. They sold the inventory out @ $50/unit at the end…

  • T Hall

    Glad I sold mine on CL for $100 :-)

  • http://twitter.com/canoy07 Eric G Canoy

    how about a lapdock for the Xoom at least…

  • Charlie

    Even though, looking forward to the clambook: http://clamcase.com/clambook-android-and-iphone-laptop-dock.html

  • http://www.unexpectedparameters.com Aaron Hurt

    My company invested in these and appreciated their ability to let us extend our Citrix environment to phone users with limited hardware.

    This kinda sucks.

  • http://www.engadget.com/ Jon Fingas

    I don’t think it was ever really destined to fly as-is.

    Pricing was part of the problem: initially, the Lapdock cost $500… why not just get a real laptop or tablet at that price? Even by the time it dropped to $200, it was really hard to justify buying something that would only ever work if you wanted to tie up your smartphone for a few hours.

    That and Webtop came from that same school of thought that brought you the Kyocera Echo and every 3D phone you’ve ever seen: a well-intentioned idea with plans for long-term support, but a complete lack of the software ecosystem needed to make it fly. I need more than a handful of apps to make it useful, otherwise I’m better off getting a cheap secondary device.

    Based on that description, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Galaxy Note 10.1 meet the same fate, come to think of it.

  • Silver Veloz

    I was able to pick one of these up for the Droid Bionic for $50.00. It was a great buy. I used it over the weekend and took it on a couple of vacations recently. It worked out great. Some “i” friends were actually amazed by it and said can my phone do that. I just chuckled. Bottom line – I’m glad I got one. The only wait now is for the Droid Bionic ICS (OTA). I’ve seen on some vids how different and better the Lapdock experience is.

  • MichaelFranz

    I just sent to to my friend and laughed at him…he didnt listen to me and bought a Bionic and then this thinging it was the best thing ever.

    While the idea was there, it needed vast improvement, maybe instead of this the went the padfone route it would be more successful

  • itsgonnalast

    Webtop/lapdock reminds me of all the crazy accessories Sega would release back in the day and wouldn’t support.

    I’ve been allergic to weird, expensive accessories ever since.

    • Droidzilla

      I gave you a plus 1, but my 32X totally wanted to downvote you.

      • itsgonnalast

        lol well done sir

  • JaredCarlson

    With the “New Motorola” I was hoping these would get more support. Personally, I envisioned a Moto nexus along with a lapdock running ChromeOS (using the phones apps obviously). My perfect mobile setup would have been that, with a nexus 7. Its a sad day for innovative accessories.

  • nightscout13

    I thought the idea was good, except the price was too high.

  • Josh Fischer

    @Droidzilla:disqus , yes they were working on it. I really hope that Ubuntu on Android happens sometime. The videos of it running are awesome.

  • Chuck Finley

    This always felt like something that sounded good but was executed poorly…

    ……kinda like that sitcom based on the Geico Cave-men

    • Aardvark99

      The caveman sitcom never sounded like a good idea.

      • Chuck Finley

        Shame on you, good sir! (and your up-votes)! The Cavemen sitcom was a veritable goldmine of sheer comic genius and writing unparalleled since “Perfect Strangers”, “Fullhouse”, or “Small Wonder”. Good day to you, sir!

        • fixxmyhead

          no just no. that show was mega retarded. i knew when i first saw it that it would get canceled asap. im glad it did

  • JaredCarlson

    With the “New Motorola” I was really excited to see what they did with these. Personally I envisioned a Moto nexus with a lapdock running ChromeOS (using the apps on the phone obviously). Honestly that, with a nexus 7 would be my perfect mobile set up. Its a sad day.

  • http://twitter.com/SparkysShocker SparkysShocker

    They shouldve gone the Padphone route

  • Michael_NM

    Neat idea, but Moto… Well they Moto’d it.

  • cgalyon

    It was an interesting idea. As noted, the cost and implementation were problematic. The lack of a standard port configuration (such that each device required its own dock) struck me as a major problem. When you consider that gadget-enthusiasts (who are likely to be the principal early-adopters) appear to cycle through phones at least once every two years, then mandating purchasing a new dock for each device becomes unrealistic.

  • Guest

    I really would have loved to see this take off under standard AOSP technology instead of buggy Moto-exclusive.

  • Bewara2009

    R. I. P. EVEN THO I NEVER BOUGHT ONE..

  • Droidzilla

    Wasn’t Cannonical working on an Ubuntu distro for this idea? That would be a really killer combo. Android for walking around, Ubuntu for being docked. You could even do like ASUS and add storage functionality and a battery. You could have a dock for the laptop portion to use it as a desktop (yo dawg, I hear you like docks . . .), media mode for TVs, etc. Killer idea, but Moto just had sub-par execution.

    • http://twitter.com/BriCo84 Brian Cohen

      I wonder if lapdocks will work with ubuntu for android when it is released…it has a keyboard, mouse, and monitor, and a USB port. Which is what apparently is needed to run ubuntu from your phone onto a computer

      • Droidzilla

        I don’t see why it wouldn’t; it’s basically exactly what you would need.

      • Cf

        The Web top did run ubuntu

  • John

    ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • JoshHenry

    I love web top!!!! Connecting my Razr to a tv via HDMI to use webtop is amazing, and suits all of my needs! I never saw the point in purchasing a lapdock. Im good as long as moto continues to have a feature like webtop.

  • Al

    Instead of killing it off they should have improved on it. Smart phones turning into laptops and tablets is the right way to go. At least in my opinion.

    • michael arazan

      Or Just Make Them Universal for all phones to plug into, not just motorola specific versions.

      • saimin

        All the phone manufacturers would have to agree on a video output jack for that to work. Android is not Apple, so that isn’t going to happen.

  • codeblueprint

    I will, I use the lapdock alot especally when i am on the road and need to type a lengthy email and view files. Oh well

  • TROLOLOL

    I used to rule the world

    Seas would rise when I gave the word

    Now in the morning I sleep alone

    Sweep the streets I used to own

    • JoshGroff

      One of my favorite songs. :)