Have you ever used the Webtop feature built into a number of Motorola's newest devices? According to CEO Sanjay Jha, not many users are actively firing up the desktop-in-a-cellphone feature - less than ten percent, to be exact. Makes sense, though, as it's basically a watered-down desktop experience, and no one really wants that.


According to Jha, Moto is aware of the issues with Webtop and wants to make it more useable. He told The Verge that the next generation of Webtop would bring more capabilities, including a new browser: Google's Chrome. In all honestly, this is probably what the company should've used in the first place, as the version of Firefox currently used by Webtop was old, slow, and outdated before it ever hit shelves.

Jha noted that the integration of Android 4.0 will make Webtop "much smoother and more integrated," which is exactly what it has needed all along. Hopefully it will become more of a tablet-laptop hybrid experience instead of... whatever it is now.

[The Verge]

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  • Blizzard22

    Please update the older ones first!

  • Golightly

    Bring ICS to the Atrix and I will by a lapdock the next day.

    • SLayernet

      I agree I want to use my second core that isn't used.... and I would buy a lapdock the next day as well

      • Rodd

        Gingerbread doesn't use both cores??
        you serious?

        • Mgamerz

          Apps are not multithreaded, however multiple apps are. As in two diff apps run on two diff cores. Webtop uses both.

  • Level380

    Hopefully moto updates the older devices as well to the new versions. Hello Atrix buyers who brought the first version and are getting a rough deal atm. Update them!

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    Just fold the project, please. Charging a ridiculous price for something that's basically a dumb terminal is nothing but a sin. With most of our data resides in clouds, one could just use an independent tablet, which in many cases, cost less than the webtop Motorola trying to sell us.

  • cosmic

    Usability certainly was an issue, but the bigger one has to be the price. AT&T requiring tethering plan didn't help the matter either.

  • http://www.bloggersword.com/blog/ BloggersWord

    Is this a Tablet mounted on a portable keyboard or a complete device.. ?

    • Hiram Lester

      This is a screen, keyboard, and touchpad. The phone provides the CPU, memory, etc. The screen is not a touchscreen, so it turns the phone into a netbook running a custom Linux-based OS kind of like a Chromebook.

  • Lee

    What they need to do is port eclipse and the android sdk, then developers don't need another computer to developed on, they can code, build and debug/test their apps directly!

  • owq

    Just let us install Ubuntu

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