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Last Updated: March 13th, 2011

At the leading edge of this new wave of dual-core superphones is the Motorola Atrix. One of the major innovations of this device, besides the next-level processing power and fingerprint scanner, is Webtop - the desktop-style interface available when the Atrix is docked. By plugging into the HD multimedia or laptop dock (sold separately of course), you can interact with the phone on a larger display while using an internet browser, file explorer and Facebook in a pseudo-desktop environment.

Webtop

While the feature is pretty nifty, the price tag isn't. The cost of the docks may have come down since the release of the Atrix, but $400 for the laptop version is still prohibitively expensive for some. Thanks to XDA user Fenny, you can now satisfy your desire for the newest features and keep your inner cheapskate happy.

Root no longer required for this to work!

Yesterday, Fenny posted modified versions of APKs used for initiating Webtop when the phone is docked. By pushing these files to a rooted and deodexed Atrix (root and deodex no longer required), users can run Webtop through a standard HDMI connection. This allows owners to check out the new software without having to drop a wad of cash for the new hardware, which is always a good thing.

XDA-Developers via Engadget

Zak Stinson
Zak is a neuroscience student residing in the bread basket of Canada. When not reading or writing Android news, he has been known to partake in dangerous backyard science experiments he is nowhere near qualified to perform. He also loves Thai food.

  • http://www.AllSanDiegoComputerRepair.com AllSanDiegoComputerRepair

    sweet!

    has anybody tried this??

    does it support mirroring?? does it work on "any" laptop??

    • http://fennyfatal.com Fenny

      Yeah, Not only have I tried it, I made it. :P It works on any HDMI device, so not a laptop per-se but any TV or HDMI monitor.

      • http://www.AllSanDiegoComputerRepair.com AllSanDiegoComputerRepair

        oh wow.. cool!

        but, in order to interface w/ your phone, somehow you'd need a kybd/mouse... ?

        i would imagine a laptop would be the easiest route to that

        am i correct??

        • MikeD

          yea, bluetooth kb and mouse mate :-)

      • MikeD

        Fenny, I now worship your awesome nerdiness. tyvm

      • gerardo

        How does it work? Please help

      • Harman

        Hey Guys,
        need help. I am a complete newbie to this, but am willing to learn this stuff, so i don't waste money buying the expensive dock. Anyways I have a Bell Atrix. I think it is rooted as a traded someone for it and he said its rooted. I do see the superuser icon on the phone. I need a step by step guide on how to use webtop without the dock. I have no idea what any of these post are talking about.
        any help is awesome.

      • Noobly

        it will just replace the webtop files? and nothing else if I do it without root?

      • Rick Rude

        Will it work on my acclaim 920 ?

  • Michael Smith

    lol...this is what happens when att/motorola tries to charge an arm and a leg for a dock

  • kevin

    Do this for my G2 and were talkin'

  • paul

    Now do this for the Samsung Galaxy S over the composite out connector! With HDMI out becoming more and more common this could become a standard feature of any smartphone.

  • mikeyd7

    WHats the easiest way to do this on a mac im new to the android im coming from and iphone where you pretty much click and it does everything for you

  • steve

    For those who do have a lapdock will it work if the atrix is rooted? I'm new to rooting and I am nervous to try it if the lapdock wont come on if I plug a rooted Atrix into it.

  • Yadira

    Hi! I am a newbie too, Could someone give us a tutorial -Step by step like a dummie :P please!!!!

  • miguel

    Hey I am new with my atrix 4g I had an iphone4 but anyways, I was excited having it cone with a hdmi cable but I can't use you tube or and see my phone on my tv, I've tried and I don't get hoe I can do it, please help!!!!

  • Harman

    Hey Guys,
    need help. I am a complete newbie to this, but am willing to learn this stuff, so i don't waste money buying the expensive dock. Anyways I have a Bell Atrix. I think it is rooted as a traded someone for it and he said its rooted. I do see the superuser icon on the phone. I need a step by step guide on how to use webtop without the dock. I have no idea what any of these post are talking about.

    any help is awesome.

  • charles

    are you by any chance working on a mod for the atrix 2? or would this work on that as well. thanks and keep up the good work.