Motorola Mobility's Webtop concept, which enabled its phones to act as the brains of a laptop or television entertainment hub, has quietly been killed off according to cnet.
Webtop was software that allowed a Motorola smartphone, like the Atrix 4G for AT&T, to be docked in to a special laptop accessory and run with some computer functionality such as the browser. When it was unveiled, many had called it the future of mobile computing.
Unfortunately, the execution wasn't so smooth and sales were disappointing. Motorola, one of Google, said today that adoption wasn't sufficiently strong to justify devoting more resources for the project. Webtop will no longer be visible on phones, starting with the Photon Q, Droid Razr M, Droid Razr HD, and Droid Razr Maxx HD.
Full statement below:
Motorola's Webtop app helps users extend their smartphone experience to larger screens. While consumers around the world have adopted Webtop and the concept spurred a lot of innovation in the industry, the adoption has not been strong enough to justify continued resources being allocated to developing Webtop on future devices. We have also seen development of the Android operating system focus on the inclusion of more desktoplike features. Beginning with Photon Q and Droid Razr M/Droid Razr HD/Droid Razr Maxx HD, we will no longer be including Webtop on our products moving forward.
Samsung releases a photo that hints on a 6.3-inch device. As to whether this will be Note III or a different one remains in question. The poster shows a photo of the Game Pad and specifically states that it is available in 4-6.3-inch sizes. Samsung does not have this type of device at present although rumors have been around that the next Galaxy Note will be offered with a whopping 6-inch display and this just might be the first of, we're sure, many hints, from Samsung and other speculators.
Also, we are unsure if Samsung means that the Game Pad will come in various sizes or if it will come in an expandable unit that can carry devices 4-6.3-inch in size. This accessory allows anyone to enjoy their games with action buttons, a dual-analog stick and the works. In the meantime, let's just wait for more hints and juicy info on the upcoming Galaxy Note III.
Carphone Warehouse has made everyone extra-excited with the announcement that they will be giving away free 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 for the first 2000 people who pre-ordered the Galaxy S 4. Although the Tab 2 is not the latest by Samsung under this category, there is no doubt that those who placed their orders first will really appreciate Carphone's promo and that no other mobile vendors in the country will be able to beat that offer.
Also, Carphone has not released pricing information for the Galaxy S 4 yet, but on average it will possibly go for £520, without contract.
The Galaxy S 4 was recently launched in a highly-publicized event in NY and it has broken records as the device that has the highest number of pre-registered units. Getting a phone that is as awesome as the S 4, along with a free Galaxy Tab, will just really blow anyone's mind away.
To maximize the benefits of the Galaxy S4, you are going to need some accessories and it appears a full list along with pricing has been uncovered.
Among the accessories include mundane things like additional batteries and flip covers, but there are some more interesting accessories such as the $129.99 Body Scale, $99.99 Game Pad and $129.99 S Band for monitoring your heart. Check them out below.
Track your steps, calories, distance and sleep quality with this stylish fitness tracker wristband and get all your stats stored and displayed in the updated S Health 2.0 app on the smartphone.
S View Cover
With the S View cover, you can see all incoming information through the small window without flipping it open. The cover also allows you to answer calls with a cut out at the earpiece.
Gamers can rejoice with this portable Bluetooth game pad which bears a resemblance to the XBox controller. It has a ‘docking system' for the smartphone which could possibly support a Note 2 as well.
Wireless Charging Cover
Want wireless charging for your Galaxy S4? Just use this back cover in place of your battery and start charging wirelessly on a charging base. No cables, and no extra weight. Futuristic and practical.
The S4 may look like the S3 but it's thinner so you might want to get a new flip cover for it. This one comes in 5 vibrant colors on top of the simple black or white variants.
Heart Rate Monitor
Great for runners and sport enthusiasts who want to fully record their heart rate in real-time and wire the statistics to the S4.
... here is a great one for weight watchers. This body scale can send your daily weight to your Galaxy S4 via bluetooth, allowing you track your weight history through a period of time via your S Health 2.0 app. Supports up to 7 family members.
It appears as though Samsung would like you to employ that so it formally makes itself. Following the region lock which has troubled customers simply because Samsung really wants to place a lid on gray imports, a study from the Korean media indicates that the organization may be searching at enforcing using official Samsung add-ons next. This can apparently be achieved by using an ID nick, which is baked into add-ons (battery chargers, battery packs, as well as covers) and accustomed to authorize that they're official before they work.
Now, if the indeed happens, it brings along both pros and cons. Just in case of advantages, this could be sure that the frequency of accidents for example batteries catching fire and harmful the unitOrhome - which will be the consequence of third-party batteries getting used - could be reduced. However, the switch side of the that you simply won't have the ability to use add-ons not approved by Samsung, departing only Samsung's official add-ons because the option, which may be bad considering how pricey individuals situations are.
Obviously, Samsung will still allow third-party accessory makers to obtain certification to be used using the company's products, however it could hurt consumer choice, especially when it comes to cost. Right now it's a rumor, however with Samsung's recent antics, we wouldn't be amazed if the happens it will require in the goal to create things harder for customers.