I must confess I was quite impressed by the Motorola Atrix when it was announced early last year – not because it was the subject of Mobot's first ever news story, in fact not because of anything to do with the actual handset at all.
No, it was the LapDock accessory and companion Webtop software that pressed my buttons, as it seemed a simple yet clever way of transforming the Atrix into a fully fledged laptop.
However, it seems I was very much in the minority, as Motorola has decided to scrap the concept altogether due to a lack of consumer interest.
“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,” Motorola has announced.
“We have also seen development of the Android operating system focus on the inclusion of more desktop like features.”
The irony of it all is that Moto is calling it quits on the hybrid form factor concept just as the rest of the mobile (and PC) industry is embracing it into the mainstream. Most of that form factor flexibility has been driven by the tablet industry, and Motorola clearly believes it deserves a lot of the credit.
Whether that's true or not is a matter of opinion, but ultimately it makes little difference when the competition's products are still around and yours aren't.