In yesterday’s call to investors, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha confirmed some pieces of information we all speculated on, but are happy to hear the confirmation: the webtop apps and Motorola LapDock we’ve seen the ATRIX 4G attach to are not exclusive to just the ATRIX.
In fact, Jha told investors that this capability will actually be made available to all phones on Motorola’s high-end lineup in the second half of 2011. This includes the DROID Bionic, which originally had been meant to ship with the feature already included, but due to time constraints Motorola could only focus its webtop efforts on one device, the ATRIX 4G.
The big question mark in all of this is how exactly these devices will connect with the docks. Will all of Motorola’s high-end phones come with a special connector that would offer interchangeability between different models? Will they each have their own customized dock? Or will each phone have the connections built into the phone in the same way the ATRIX does?
No matter the answer, it is refreshing to see that Motorola is putting a lot more investment into this new functionality instead of just introducing it on one model and letting it fizzle and die shortly after. Obviously Moto believes this will be a huge lead-in to the smartphones of the future, and is taking a large gamble on it taking off. We sure hope it does, and we’re glad to hear that this isn’t just a one-time deal. Don’t get us wrong — there’s still a lot of work to be done to get the webtop dock technology to where it should be — but this is always a solid start for a brand new innovation.
And it’s always refreshing to see companies take educated risks to develop new technologies that think outside the box, instead of simply trying to keep up with the giants. With the webtop docks, Motorola is hoping to not just compete with the likes of Apple, but exceed them. Let’s see how it all goes.
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