Motorola's LapDock could be Google's next ChromeBook
17th Apr 2012 | 21:46
Google's acquisition of Motorola could produce improved ChromeBooks
Android certainly doesn't need any help when it comes to the smartphone market, but tablets are another story.
However, a new report predicts that the search giant may be looking to its Motorola acquisition to help on this front.
Google's great white hope may lie in its $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola -- and in particular, the manufacturer's LapDock accessory, which is capable of converting a smartphone into a notebook computer.
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Motorola's Android-powered Atrix 4G handset slips neatly into the LapDock accessory to convert it into a Linux-powered notebook, but the experience proved awkward and sluggish for many users.
The solution could be Chrome OS, which could breathe new life into Motorola's hardware while giving a much-needed boost to Google's sagging mobile OS.
With ChromeBooks priced around $420, a Google-Motorola tie-up around Chrome OS could see the hardware price plummet, since a required smartphone would handle most of the processing and data connectivity.
Chrome OS requires an Internet connection to bring the browser-based operating system to life, and where better to pull such data than from a user's existing smartphone?
The LapDock/Google ChromeBook is just speculation right now, but this could be a situation where companies and consumers benefit from this union.