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[Rumor] Android 5.0 Jelly Bean Will Likely Have a Desktop Plug-in Mode Like Motorola

Discussion in 'Android News' started by dgstorm, Feb 20, 2012.

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    Motorola smartphone users have been privy to a fairly useful little feature called "webtop" mode for some time now. This mode allows the user to plug their Motorola device into an HDMI equipped display and bring up an Android-based desktop-like interface to use. Current industry "rumint" suggests that Google is working to add the same feature to Android 5.0/Jelly Bean, and of course since Google is in the process of acquiring Moto, there will be no legal licensing issues to slow them down. The implementation of the feature from Motorola isn't perfect, but with the right tweaks and enhancements from the Google engineers, we could see a whole new way of looking at computing devices.

    Could we be seeing the infancy of another Android revolution in a completely new market? Several different internet publications have been discussing lately how Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8 could actually give Google's Android some decent competition within the next couple of years. However, what if what really happens is that Android sneaks around the back door and starts to compete with Microsoft on their home turf for desktop computing space? Since everything seems to be evolving toward touch and gesture based computing, it's entirely possible we could see Android become the dominant force amongst all visual computing mediums.

    What do you guys think?

    Source: SlashGear
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    i want an android powered laptop :biggrin:
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    Something tells me it'll be chrome. Like the chromebooks.

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    Or some hybrid evolution of Chrome & Android. We can call it Chrondroid! <Sounds like a bad eighties sci-fi movie> :crazy:
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    YE$$$$$

    I love my webtop and lapdock 500... it changed me, I'm a whole norther person with it lol jk... but its really cool. totally replaced my laptop with lapdock 500 and webtop... I just pray these devices work with the lapdock.And think about it a 4g laptop its bound to change the world of computing. saves you the price of a laptop... one word one word "compucell" TM
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    Sergei Brin said a few years ago that he eventually saw Chrome OS and Android merging into one. This is such a predictable and foreseeable development that Apple likely already has a patent on it.

    The big hurdle remains that business users can't get away from MS Office. And so, down the road as people want to carry one device, MS still has a huge advantage they've yet to tap into. In actuality, MS is faced with a pretty critical strategic decision here. They can protect Office, and thus their Windows turf, by making Office work with Android/Chrome OS. It could be an add-on user license and they could continue to grow that revenue base.
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