Jan 14 AT 7:43 PM Taylor Wimberly 97 Comments

Motorola Atrix 4G hints at how Android, Chrome OS, and Google TV will merge

Ever since Chrome OS and Google TV were announced, many Android fans have wondered how those projects would merge with Google’s mobile OS. This past week at CES, Motorola provided a look into the future and revealed exactly where Google is taking their platforms.

The future of Android and mobile computing lies in the smart docks that are being created for smartphones. In the next couple of years, your smartphone will be the most powerful computer you own and smart docks will allow you to change the way you interact with it.

Want to turn you smartphone into a laptop? There’s a dock for that. Want to turn it into a Google TV box, alarm clock, GPS navigation, or Chrome OS desktop? Just plug it in to the according dock.

Android, Chrome OS, and Google TV will continue to be their own projects and appear on specialized devices, but by the end of this year they will all converge on a single gadget that fits in your pocket.

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  • http://Website Mark

    I Love Moto, I have a Droid & a DroidX but I’m really notto impressed with this handset. Not sure of the processors or screen resolution, but I really don’t see anything more it can do that my DroidX can’t already handle. I don’t need a front facing camera.and I don’t need at&…… Ooops sorry dropped a call t. Oh that’s right, I did’nt drop a call because I’m with Verizon. They may have the nations slowest broadband network, but dropping calls is a non issue. Basically, the phone is not worth switching to at&t, but it will be a great I-phone alternative for thier customers.

    • http://Website Nate

      Really, “nothing your Droid x can’t do” this phone will eat the Droid x for breakfast.

      • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

        … and then what?
        We saw all sorts of reports on the power of the Hummingbird processor, but since it’s launch there has been nothing to take advantage or show it off.
        Now, I DO think that there will be more support for the Tegra 2, but I think it’ll be a long time before we see killer apps that only run on those devices.
        The gig of ram and potential of the docks set the Atrix apart, but I think it’s a specific use case that doesn’t appeal to all.

        • http://Website Nate

          The hummingbird was not nearly as amazing as Samsung said it would be, it was only a slight improvement over its competitors. However the tegra 2 is a dualcore which is a giant leap over any current phone.

          • http://Website Fake Taylor Wimberly

            That’s it. I’m either going to switch to a WP7 device or an iPhone.

            Android is boring after a while to be honest.

      • jivemaster

        The Atrix has some great accessories and functions, but I wonder how many people will actually use them? I can see myself using the standard dock for charging and such, but I don’t see many people using the keyboard dock to use the phone as a netbook/laptop. People who want to browse will do so on the phone, and someone who wants fuller computing power will have an actual netbook with them.

        It’s a great idea however and it’s appears very expandable.

        I wonder if moto will start to add some kind of universality to these accessories so they can be used in all later phones. It would be a total pain once upgrading to a tegra 3 phone in 10-12 months time and have to do away with your old accessories.

        It’s also strange how many people have become so attached to this phone. Yes it is easily the most powerful and feature-filled android device out there, but motoblur is a real pain, and it’s integrated through the entirety of the system, yet everyone is overlooking that and wanting a purchase. Last time I checked everyone hated motoblur, but people are willing to overlook this for such a phone? Seems weird to me.

        The phone is only running 2.2. An upgrade will come shortly after release but how soon after? Saying the phone comes out in March, I wouldn’t expect gingerbread until at least 1 month after, and then a month later Ice-cream sandwich will already be on your Nexus S, and the Atrix is behind again. Couple this with AT&T and you’re in for a slow upgrade ride. If you don’t mind being one step behind each android release then by all means go for it. To add insult to injury, once iPhone 5 drops in April-June you’re guaranteed to loose all your focus, which AT&T is notorious for. The Atrix as far as AT&T is concerned will be yesterday’s news 2 months after release.

        Which brings me to the bootloader. Your bootloader here is going to be locked down hard. Epic hard. Efuse hard. If that is ok with you then that’s great, but I for one like to have the ability to flash custom roms to the phone later when the developer decides to drop support. Motorola aren’t known for their fast updates. They updated the original droid quickly, but they’ve left more android phones in the stone age than almost any other developer, bar samsung. Putting a developer in the same boat as samsung is certainly not a complement in any respect, as far as upgrades are concerned.

        As I’ve stated before, I would overlook this phone and wait for the Motorola Xoom, as it’s coming out at a similar time but will actually be a piece of android history as being THE honeycomb tablet. You can’t say that about the Atrix. Sure it’s one of the first tegra phones, but that’s all it will be. The Xoom on the other hand has had the android version it runs made for it, as well as mind blowing specs, and it will be a sight to behold.

        • http://Website B.G.

          Out of curiosity, would you mind explaining what is so bad about MotoBlur? I always see these generalizations about it, but no one ever gives a detail and proper explanation why. I mean aside from the green and blue not that great looking buttons, the widgets can be deleted, resized, moved, and even just not used.

          I still don’t get why people hate on it so much.

          • http://Website The_Omega_Man

            Agreed. This Moto-Blur Lite that Motorola is sticking on the Droid phones is not that bad. All of the widgets are optional and the navigation tool bar is functional and only mildly annoying. If you don’t like the UI tweeks, just load ADW or Launcher Pro on it. It is a good usable interface for Android beginners. Seasoned vets will replace this look and will not use the Motorola widgets much.

        • http://Website Joker

          Actually reports are that the bootloader will not be locked down…. see what i did i made a lie up because you lied….. No one knows for sure if it will be locked but at ces they said that it wasnt going to be so just wait before you fill the web with junk lies

        • http://Website The_Omega_Man

          With specs. that this thing has, it is actually superior to many of the netbooks out there today! The only thing missing is universal printing support as a part of the OS.

        • http://Website cb2000a

          Couple this phone with ATT and you have:

          Zero chance of upgrade (as they do not upgrade their Android phones at all) and a horrible data package. Nice phone…really bad network.

      • http://Website Mark

        It’ll eat battery life for sure, but another phone hmmmm, I’m not 100% sure about that. By the way. Have you owned this phone to be sure of it’s capabilities? Sure, it’ll have a dual core processor, but It’ll still be running the Android O.S. If the O.S is’nt built to take advantage of this hardware, well then, it’s a waste. Just saying. Ask anyone that knows anything about it. Maybe Android is built for it, but if it’s not, then it will do no good. And if your wondering. Yes they will sellyou a device with a processor that the O.S can’t take full advantage of, because they know that if you read that it’s got a fast processor and an awesome amount of memory, well then you’ll jump all over it and defend it when others dispute it. Lmao @ gullable people. ;p

        • http://Website Joker

          Motorola already said that it is shipping with a variation of 2.2 that will have tweaks to take advantage of the dual core just so you kjow

        • http://Website The_Omega_Man

          Spread FUD much?

    • http://Website Marwon

      As a Droid X owner, I can honestly say that I am salivating over the Atrix 4G, and may have to switch over to AT&T unless Verizon gets something that either matches or exceeds that phone. This is exactly what I’ve been wanting for a long time, a phone that was versatile enough to become my laptock, pc, tv, and phone. Moto really impressed me, which was hard, given that I was already impressed by the power of the Droid X. But yes, the Atrix blows it out of the water.

    • http://Website jojo

      agreed, all this talk of dual-core is nothing more than a marketing gimmick unless there’s software to take advantage, and it could be a year before we see that kind of software.

      • http://Website KingOfCode

        since android is a multitasking os with dozens of processes running all the time, i think you will notice the second core certainly, even without dedicated software.

      • http://Website Lucian Armasu

        And then we’ll have quad core phones and you’ll say the exact same thing, so what’s your point? Let technology evolve as fast as it can. If all tech companies would be run by people who think like that, our highest end PC’s would still only be able to run Word, because anything over 1 Ghz CPU would be pointless for that task, no?

        • GuniGuGu

          Preech it Lucian!! Lol this is just people lying to themselves because they don’t want to be left behind in this game of evolving tech….

    • http://Website Mudd

      Yeah, have fun when your already slowest network gets loaded down with all the new Verizon iPhone customers. Then you might be humming a different tune (in between your soon-to-be dropped calls).

      • http://Website Mark

        Hey Mudd, lol have you heard. The,network has been upgraded like every other network. Besides why would you want to critisize the carrier I have when I already did it for you. How original you are. Thank you. By the way. The I-phone has been out long enough for the people that wanted one to end thier contract and move to at&t to get one, so they have no need to move to a network that does’nt do data and voice at the same time. That does’nt make much since. My thoughts on I-phone coming to Verizon is, once some of at&t’s I-phone customers do decide to make the switch, they’ll walk into Verizon, see all the badass Android phones at Verizon that they could’nt get at at&t then make the switch to Android. (My Opinion) Go Android!

  • http://trueacu.com acupunc

    that could be (should be) the future however the problem right now is, Motorola is the only one demonstrating that future when Google needs to be doing it with the OS. Google still has the mindset of multiple devices–a single device for every function. They need to make Android a more capable OS that can go from phone to desktop and take advantage of all the Linux & Android software available. . . in other words, stop limiting Android.

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      I agree that Google should be working to make Android as scalable as possible for all sorts of devices, and I’m sure they are working on that, now that they have Matias Duarte (Matias Duarte wasn’t involved in the Google TV project, at least until now). However, you have to keep in mind that some devices may require a more customized UI to take full advantage of that type of device and its intended purpose. But yes, Google should make sure the customization will be minimal from the manufacturers, and we shouldn’t need extremely different Android versions for different types of devices.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com PixelSlave

    I hate to say that, but unless it becomes part of the core Android OS, I don’t think it will become a trend. Look at the PC market for historical references. Over the years, there were numerous attempts from the PC makers to create something new that’s unique for their PCs. Almost NONE of them were adopted by the mainstream users unless the functionality got baked into Windows by Microsoft.

    Personally, I seriously doubt that it’s the vision of Google — it’s an Internet company and believed in storing everything in the cloud (the Chrome OS.) Imagine that, if everything in your phones (user data, application preferences, etc) is stored in a cloud, why do you still need to dock your phone. You pull out a tablet and log into the same account used by your phone, and boom, everything in your phone is ALREADY there. You don’t need to dock it at all. I think that’s Google’s vision, not the Motorola way.

    • http://www.google.com/profiles/vkelman Vladimir Kelman

      I agree with you and cannot see this all-in-one machine other than gimmick, an exotic approach no one would follow. Chrome OS is a different beast, I don’t see how smart docks can be helpful for Android to Chrome convergence. That strange and unique device certainly won’t be my most powerful computer in a couple of years. My multi-core desktop machine certainly will continue to be. It is a production device with polished NY years functionality of developer’s machine, 64 bit Photoshop powerful enough to process giant scanned images, etc., etc.
      Chrome OS might become mainstream, although it would require years to build suitable cloud infrastructure. But this hybrid is just a niche experiment, like my Acer Aspire One Win XP / Android combo netbook is.

      • http://Website Mark

        Well said Vladimir! Agreed.

      • http://www.nightshadelabs.com David Shellabarger

        I’m going to have to disagree with you this time Vlad.

        Android is the new Windows and tablets are the new laptop. Chrome OS will not be a hit, and Honeycomb tablets will be a huge success.
        If I was Moto I would scrap that linux distro in Webtop and just put let the Atrix report a large screen size and physical keyboard to Honeycomb so that you get a full large screen experience.
        Moto might not do that with the first version but you better believe they are already thinking this.

        I wouldn’t not discount Google going this direction with Android once they get a complete mobile feature set.

        Also of note, Tim Bray was interested in the Atrix: http://twitter.com/timbray/status/23128950708379648

    • http://Website jayz word

      I have to say that the world of converged computing is something that everyone would like to adopt. Think about it, the Atrix is going to take advantage of cloud computing just like you are saying google wants, the limit on the phone is 48 gb, so using things like google docs and office live as well as the hopefully upcoming google music and movie store for your streaming needs would only make sense. I was at DES this year and all everyone was talking about from attendees to different manufactures was that this set up was the most innovative thing to come out of DES in years. So don’t discount this just yet as this might just be the future of mobility and converged computing, and the people I saw from GOOGLE at DES felt the same way.

      • http://Website jays word

        DES=CES phone kept auto correcting.

    • http://Website The_Omega_Man

      I think that you are missing the point of such a device. These devices are converging into full blown mobile computing devices, essentially hand held computers (with Voice capability). The only thing that they typically lack is the option to be productive. That requires a more ergonomic and traditional input mechanism, as all the other elements of a good computing devices are pretty much there, (hi-res screen, powerful OS, fast CPU and large fast storage (removable preferably)). The only two areas missing are the general computing productivity apps and the flexible output capability (e.g generic print output as a part of the base OS & product specific drivers). If you could carry only one multi-purpose & multi-tasking highly versatile computing device, when traveling, wouldn’t you be interested in that? That is the problem that Motorola appears to be trying to solve here. Give the business man some value add to consider Motorola and Android in his next computing purchase. You see it as a marketing gimmick, but remember that the keyboard dock is optional! You could buy this just as a standard smart phone, but in that rare occasion that you needed something more powerful and productive, you have that option as well, without needing to break out the trusty desktop or the laptop/netbook. Is this for everyone? No. Is it perfect for every computing need? No. Does it serve a specific need for some people? Potentially. Is it revolutionary in it’s concept? I think so. And I think that it is a glimpse into the future of mobile computing, as we know it today.

      • http://Website Mark

        That was a very well explained post. That is definitely one I think we all could agree on. Well done!

  • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

    Cool, just, umm… get rid of the dock part. I don’t want my tv/computer/etc. to be come useless every time I get a call :). Make it wireless, and we’ve got ourselves a nice future.

    • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

      Ooo, idea: Sell little wireless stations which basically just broadcast a location… bedroom, media room, office, etc. Then, your phone could identify your location to set different profiles, launch appropriate programs, essentially do anything you would do with a dock, only you don’t have to dock it. It’s like locale, but around your house or work.
      If someone could develop a standard, businesses could install it to trigger various things: cupons, recommendations, web links, etc. It’d be like nfc, but with a bit more range. And at work, they could install them in conference rooms where your phone would automatically silence itself every time you go to a meeting (assuming you tell it to do so in that location).

    • http://Website jayz word

      One word……BLUETOOTH, you can answer calls while docked and still use the web and everything else on your phone….att hspa+ or wife make it pretty smooth as well.

  • http://www.thechromesource.com Daniel Cawrey

    Hmm so you’re saying that these phones are going to be loaded with images for three different operating systems? And you’re deducing this from a marketing video…

    • http://Website Nate

      Thats not what he’s saying, he means that chrome os and googletv will become part of android. The Firefox browser used when the atrix is in webtop mode could easily be switched to chrome. I’m not so sure how easily they could bake Google tv in but hey, they’re Google anything is possible.

  • http://Website Noriega713

    Not to sound like a troll but…I’d rather wait for Htc or at least the next Nexus and I don’t mean the new “s” coming out.

  • http://Website Maximus

    I have a Question:

    Is the Dock in the back of the laptop built in or is it connected to the back of the laptop via Usb?

    Im a Proud Nexus S owner but i was wondering if someone would have to buy one of those Dreadful motorola Laptops just to get the dock lol

    Sucks for them

    • mattcoz

      You’re completely missing the entire point of this.

    • http://Website jayz word

      Laptop dock is just that a dock, it is a shell with a screen battery and keyboard. With 8-10 hours of battery life…all computing in the phone. It isn’t a dreadful moto laptop its a dock, just like the desktop one just portable with a screen and keyboard. Also light and thin as hell.

  • http://www.mikecase.net mike case

    I think the concept of the Atrix is something that will really blossom. For quite a while now I’ve been thinking the future of personal computing is a single smart phone which wirelessly” docks” to different display and input devices.

    I imagine a scenario where I sit down to work with a keyboard, monitor, and mouse, just like I would with a regular desktop, but then I leave for a meeting, and take my phone, all the application state is exactly as I left it. I sit down in the conference room and pair to the presentation screen, and everything is ready to go. Later I head home and pair to my TV to watch a couple Netflix movies.

    All these experiences powered by the same device, with data backed up to the cloud. It’s not too hard to imagine that in the next 3-5 years my phone will be as powerful as my current laptop, and have better broadband connectivity. It could easily be my only computing device.

    • http://Website The Opinionator

      @Mike Case. You have a very well thought out comment, but I have a couple of concerns with a one device does all senario. I agree that it would be so much more simple to have a device that does all this, but isn’t that what having cloud based apps is for, to keep all of your devices basically in the same loop. Yes maybe you could do away with all the other devices, but why? If,you have only one do all device and it goes down, well your data maybe be in the “cloud” ,but your now stuck without a backup unit until your insurance replacement comes through. Then again maybe you’ll be fortunate enough to borrow someone’s P.C when you need it. I just think having just your phone as your primary device is silly. Your phone is way to vulnerable to freak accidents during day to day use to be used soley as a primary device. Second, The cloud based data storage really does’nt make me feel very secure. Just think, all of your data, personal private data is not stored on your own private machine, it’s stored on some server god knows where, and would easily be much more at risk of hacking than your personal P.C. A server easily see’s more internet traffic than your personal P.C. So why take the risk with your work. If that server goes down, hope you have a way to back it up. If you back it up on your own personal storage drives, then why have it in the cloud at all. I know I know, convinence, but if you have small portable storage to begin with then there’s little need for a cloud. Is convinence really worth your confidentuality?

      • http://Website The_Omega_Man

        This seems contradictory to me. On one hand you say; ” I just think having just your phone as your primary device is silly. Your phone is way to vulnerable to freak accidents during day to day use to be used soley as a primary device.”

        Then you say; “The cloud based data storage really does’nt make me feel very secure. Just think, all of your data, personal private data is not stored on your own private machine, it’s stored on some server god knows where, and would easily be much more at risk of hacking than your personal P.C. A server easily see’s more internet traffic than your personal P.C. So why take the risk with your work. If that server goes down, hope you have a way to back it up. If you back it up on your own personal storage drives, then why have it in the cloud at all.”

        So where can your data be? I your personal machine is too vulnerable to accidents or loss, but you don’t trust the cloud to store your information, where do you want it?

        “but if you have small portable storage to begin with then there’s little need for a cloud. Is convinence really worth your confidentuality?” But if your portable storage gets lost, stolen, or damaged, what do you do? Isn’t this basically the same as the first quote?

        BTW: Big Name Cloud computing is generally safer and more confidential than most home computing environments. This is especially true when it comes to data access, data integrity , data security and both backup / recovery and data roll back. The additional benefit is that when you do get a new device or devices, to access your cloud stored data, you can be back to where you were, extremely quickly. If your business is at risk here, that is incredibly important to you as your business is only as good as the data that you use to run it.

        • http://Website The Opinionator

          Do you really think that all of your data is more private & more sucure stored on someome else’s storage drive than having it on your own? You say cloud storage is” generally” more secure than having it on your own storage devices. That’s like saying your family is safer staying with people you’ve never met, than they are with you, Or letting a bum off the street hold on to your life savings. It’s the same either way, you don’t know any of them, but you would rather trust them with your data before you would trust yourself. Give me a break! As for your portable back-up being lost. That’s the reason you keep more than one back-up. It’s all about trust, which is something you should think twice about with your data. That is all…..

          • http://Website The Opposinatior

            Actually, that’s not what he’s getting at at all.
            It’s more like this: It’s like sending your family to live with a highly professional and skilled band of mercenaries or bodyguards. I’m not a professionally trained computer engineer and encrypting my information isn’t exactly going to keep it safer than someone who knows what they’re doing.

            If you don’t like the cloud, then you don’t like banks either, I take it? You might as well be giving your life savings to some homeless man!

            I’m just saying, man, do you know everyone who works in the bank personally? They keep your data safe for a reason, it’s bad business not to.

          • http://Website Mark

            Man, can’t you guys,use a real name for gods sake. Anyway. Opinionator, I agree with you to some degree. It is hard to trust your data with anyone, unless they have some sort of guarantee against lost or stolen data. If they do, then maybe it’s not a bad idea. On the other hand As to the Opposinator, banks have protection against fraud and theft of data. Do these cloud services offer the same amount of security? Hmm. I don’t know, and I’m doubting that you do either. The other guy has a point, but he does go a little extreme with it. On another note. In todays world of plastic purchases, a person does’nt have much of a choice as to wether he/she should bank or not, you pretty much have to if you want to survive, but as too having a choice of where to store your data. I would say yes, you have a choice. There’s no way in hell you could ever have me believe that my data would be more secure flying back and forth across the net from a cloud to my device than it would be stored at my home in a fireproof safe.

  • http://Website Andrew53517

    Which is why Motorola is making the next Nexus! I hope it comes out soon!

    http://forum.androidcentral.com/rumored-devices/54148-blind-item-next-nexus-will-motorola.html

    • http://Website Andrew53517

      Btw, Taylor, have any news on this?

    • http://Website Lucian Armasu

      Google better not screw this up again, and this time actually make a next-gen phone that will the standard for the next 12 month. This phone needs to come with something like Tegra 3, and not repeat the Nexus S mistake by releasing a phone with a chip that’s already half a year old.

      Please, Google and Motorola. Put Tegra 3 in this one! I don’t want to be disappointed again.

  • http://Website ♪

    i guess iphone, ios and appletv will smoke this!

    • http://Website Maggie Wimberly

      i guess iphone, ios and appletv will smoke this!

      SO TRUE

  • http://Website Ted C.

    Wireless HD for the video with Bluetooth for the keyboard will take care of all of this w/o the need for a silly docking station everywhere. Add wireless charging and my phone becomes my computer. Now Android just has to be smart enough to work without requiring touch.

  • WickedToby741

    Google really needs to include this functionality into the core of Android. Motorola showed off some great ideas here and Google has all the platforms already available just in different forms (although I prefer Motorola’s Webtop over Chrome OS). It really can be the future of mobile computing, we just need to see it spread to all Android devices and not just certain Motorola ones. If Google doesn’t do it, someone needs to get working on an app for that pronto.

  • http://Website Splendor

    Wait…if my phone is my set top box, my alarm clock, and my PC…what will be my phone? Will I need to buy a 2nd phone to use while I watch TV from my 1st phone/set top box?

    • http://Website SV

      Exactamundo! The Atrix is the mobile phone that isnt. It primarilay isnt a phone and sticking it in every orifice at home to use as a media hub etc. means it isnt very mobile. I can see it doing well with the initial wave of enthusiasm for something novel but it will quickly wear off when you are unable to make that quick call or send that quick text.

      Nice idea but perhaps aiming too high…for a mobile phone…

      • http://Website jayz word

        Jesus really…..BLUETOOTH, its a novel idea, you can put your phone down and get ready for this…….wait for it……STILL TAKE CALLS. Its actually pretty incredible, you should have seen the shock in the 90′s. You dock your phone go take a dump and still be on the phone. and if you want on the Atrix site they show a mono bluetooth keyboard that will be available too with android keys like menu, search, email browser and such….you can also get a bluetooth mouse so you can still use the touchscreen.

    • http://Website The_Omega_Man

      That is what real multi-tasking is all about!!!!

      PC is my video play back device, My information terminal, My document creator, My music player , My video editor, My Biill payment device, My Tax Advisor, My Stock analyzing tool, My photo manager and editor, My CD/DVD burning, My IM tool, My e-mail tool, My Game Machine and My Internet based communication tool. So what is the difference between this and a Linux powered Dual core, 1GB hand held portable computing device with Voice capabilities?

      Super-Smart-Phone!

  • http://Website juicebag

    And in a couple of years you can dock your phone to your TV and replace your xbox too! Dell, HP, Sony, Microsoft, Intel, AMD are SCREWED!!! Soon your motorola phone will be your computer, your laptop, your tv source, your gaming console, and your toaster.

    Phone docks the future? Just think about that for more than 30 seconds. Get out of the android bubble and think of how this would benefit someone. It wouldn’t.

    And a smartphone being the most powerful comptuer people own in a couple of years? Unless the universe decides to change the laws of thermodynamics that will not be happening.

    • http://Website jayz word

      Phone docks are not the future of THE WHOLE COMPUTING WORLD. Just of smartphone convergence….it makes perfect sense thinking about it for that purpose….you aren’t going to replace a gaming rig or a alienware laptop. Your not going to replace a desktop for photo editing and video editing, your not going to be editing nfl films or things of that nature from a phone, but all that said, this covers about 5 percent of the market maybe, for the other 95 percent the convenience of it all would work out fine….your thinking in a geek tunnel….”I use my pc for _______ (fill in the blank) and this phone wont do that so it will never work for the masses.” Most people don’t use their pc/laptop for real intensive types of things, most people get on facebook and play farmville or bejeweled and check email, maybe use word and store pictures and music. For those people this
      makes perfect sense. Think outside your planet for a minute guys this is way bigger then just gamers or techies, movie buffs or bootleggers, normal everyday users could use this anyway over a laptop/netbook.

      • http://Website juicebag

        Cloud computing does not = docking computing. The whole premise of this is dumb because its your freaking phone. Normal NON GEEKS want to use their phone as a communication device, not have it docked off into their TV. You wont NEED to dock ANYTHING in the future because the technology required to do basic computing will be at such a minimal cost.

        There is a much better argument that tablet computers will replace laptops/desktops and will make excellent docking devices. This motorola laptop dock is kind of a rebirth of the smartbook that died before it was even released.

        • http://Website The_Omega_Man

          But IF YOU COULD dock your phone (mobile computing device) when you needed something “smarter,” than just a communications device, would that be a cool and potentially useful tool in your tool bag?

    • http://Website The_Omega_Man

      Can we quote you on this? ;)

  • http://Website Steve

    First everyone should go read Halting State by Charles (http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d.html/ref=redir_mdp_mobile/187-8464946-1920901?a=0441014984), set in the near future your phone is most peoples main work device, although used with proper VR glasses (cameras built in linked via bluetooth etc..).

    Second for all those asking what would happen when you get a call while docked, I’d think your speaker etc would kick in (or you’d bluetooth it).

    Third considering the pace of dev of mobile processors at the moment & ARM roadmap we’re looking at quad core by end of next year at the latest…

    So why not eh?

  • Kleber Razorg

    Excellent post, I liked a lot. Success!

  • http://Website anthony

    Wow this looks like a great idea. I only worry because the carriers are limiting data plans. The smart phone that do all these wonderful things will be crippled by the networks.
    I have a NS and I must admit was hard on it just got wanted to push it hard. The phone was great one day my data crashed phone crept. I called T-Mobile they said I exceeding my data plan limit. I have unlimited plan they say yes but its now throttled down. I see problems ahead for this phone and others unless unlimited means unlimited sorry for the off topic but its relevant

  • http://www.4gextreme.com 4G Extreme

    I guess we’ll have to wait and see!

  • http://www.visualsaffect.com Kyle Brodeur

    If only the Atrix would be on Verizon…. This one looks like it could actually last your 2 year contract length, plus. It’s just amazing how it can do all those things.

  • http://Website Nick J

    I would get this phone….BUT it has motoblur so I am NOT getting this phone nor any other phone that does not have a stock ROM of Android

    • http://Website The_Omega_Man

      Then you will be waiting a while on at&t , Verizon or Sprint! Unless you want a original Droid! ;)

  • http://Website ̢

    im getting the next iphone

    • http://Website Mudd

      Yeah, you should probably not be in this forum, since you have nothing constructive to add…

  • http://Website Mark

    Ok. So people did’nt like my post. Well it was my opinion and I’ll stand by it. I’ll give it props for having a badass processor and a gig of ram. (Wow!) but my laptop has a dual core processor and if the purpose to buy this is to turn it into a laptop, then I would rather keep my laptop. Maybe later I’ll enjoy something like this. Besides, I would rather let all the early adopters work all the kinks out of this new hardware. Hell by the time it’s out, some other piece of awesome just gotta have it piece of expensive technology will be out and we’ll be rambling on about it. As for the commenter that says it would eat my DroidX alive. For one, I never said it would’nt. Go back and re-read my post, it was re-posted by a nice person that actually read it. And #2 I said I don’t see anything it can do that my DroidX coud’nt. That’s my fault, I should have clarified my comment. What I meant was that I don’t see anything it could do for ME that I would want it to do, that my X does’nt already do for ME. For a freaking cell phone, at 1ghz is already overkill.. It kills me that so many people actually think that processor clock speed is everything. Is that why the D1′s OMAP 550mhz processor was kicking ass right along beside the N1′s 1ghz Snapdragon. (Oh, and don’t re-word my post, I did’nt say it beat the Snapdragon, but in MY OPINION, I liked it better.)

  • http://Website Bohica

    Motorola. That is what gives me pause about this phone. Its launching with 2.2 when 2.3 is already on the Nexus S. Don’t hold your breath waiting for updates unless you’re on Verizon. It took over a damn year for Moto to update their very first Android phone, the Cliq from 1.5 to 2.1. They promised that would be done soon after I bought mine in March 10 and the update didn’t arrive until Dec 10, 10 months later. I swore I would never buy another Moto phone but the Atrix looks so awesome. What to do…..?

    • http://Website Moto Enthusiast

      I really would let Moto’s past influence my decision to purchase an awesome piece of hardware. Do your research and weigh the pros and cons of owning this device versus another. Also take a look at the features and think of which of these would actually benifit you, not just because it’s cool to say you have it, but because you woud actually have a use for those features. As of now I’m going to stick with my DX, as of the moment it does what I need. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to own this beast, but I’m the type of person who waits awhile to see how it does once it’s out and the user reviews come in. That plays a good part in my decision. If it gets bad user reviews, then I’ll think twice. I’ve been burnt too many times by running out and buying the newest and suposedly most awesome device of the time when it first hits the shelves. So do some research to see if it’ll be right for you before you lay down the dough. Good Luck with your decision!

      • http://Website Moto Enthusiast

        Sorry I meant to type (I “would’nt” let Moto’s past influence my decision on purchasing this device) my bad, typo’s suck.

  • peace2all

    I love this cellphone but will not go back to AT&T. I’m wondering if it will come to Verizon someday?

    • http://Website The_Omega_Man

      The Verizon “version” is called the Bionic and expect it in Q2 – 512GB of ram and a keyboard/battery dock.

  • http://Website Joe Buck

    So when does the new iPhone 5 come out? Im in for a new superphone and the iPhone is the most popular which means its the best!

    • http://Website Joker

      well for verizon not unitl next march like a year from now

    • http://Website The_Omega_Man

      When Steve Jobs says it will! And not a second before! So you better get in line now for it!

  • http://Website Moto Enthusiast

    Lol, Your trying to get somebody started with that comment aren’t you? Let it set there awhile, you’ll get it. Lol. Your probably an Android user f’n around lmao. It’ll work, just wait.

  • http://Website ACR

    I don’t need more than a 386 CPU and 512KB of RAM.

    • http://Website Moto Enthusiast

      Naa. Just a 286 w/256 kb of ram with 5.25 floppy disk drive and a whopping 8mb hard drive. This was actually one of my old P.C’s. It wasn’t even capable of getting online. The minimum to get online was an i386 w/a 19.2 kb/s modem when the internet started catching on. My first Computer was an AppleII/e. And I’m only 34. Now these phones 15 years later absolutley blow those dinosaurs away! Technology’s fast pace is amazing! And it isn’t showing amy sign of slowing down at all, and that’s great for us. We could’nt even dream about a phone doing the things these phones do these days.

      • http://Website The_Omega_Man

        Wasn’t that the first iphone spec?? LOL Let the flame war begin!

  • http://Website 90

    the back looks fugly…meh

  • http://Website Mark

    Oooooh….so revolutionary! OMG! I can use my phone for an alarm clock! I can connect it to my TV to watch videos stored on it. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz….gimme a break….

    • http://Website Mark

      Don’t forget that you’ll also get bragging rights for the first couple of weeks of ownwership to say that you own this cool tech, until something else hits stores right behind it. Then wait….What?… You’ll be left in the dust again, and this blog won’t even be a vague memory. See, the people that win here are the manufacturers and carriers, oh wait, but you already know that. Everyone is clammering over this (Phone), but the fact is just as soon as you buy it, it will be a thing of the past, because they’ll come out with something hotter you just can’t live without and you’ll be wasting more money on it when your Atrix is only a few months old. The people that do this, will be hatin’ on this post! You know who you are. Come on people, don’t mortgage your parents house to buy another phone that you’ll never use all of the features on when there’s nothing wrong with the one you have, just to say you have one. That’s not cool!

  • http://Website Amayii

    I just keep wondering what happens when you get called or need to call someone! xD

    • http://Website Steve

      You answer/call them, speaker phone/bluetooth/standard headset, etc…

      i.e. just like you would with a tablet that can make calls.

  • http://Website Cloud Researcher

    I would say that cloud computing is not necessarily more secure, or even secure at all. Some cloud computing solutions are fairly secure, others -not so much. I remember talking to multiple vendors when the cloud computing thing started becoming a bit of a vogue -only they were called ASPs then. I’ve had all sorts of responses when I asked about various security and privacy related issues. Some either don’t HAVE any consistent policies in at least on critical areas, or won’t disclose them. I’ve had vendors who essentially told us to trust them -one actually said “Well, you would have to trust us” when I asked him how I could have any assurance that their staff is not looking at our confidential data. Another told me that their security and backup plans were “confidential information.” Others, on the other hand, do have solid plans, and are willing to share at least enough information to allow people to draw reasonable conclusions. One thing is for sure -the assumption that a “big” company would surely have the right processes and procedures, including appropriate backups and customer communications, in place, is clearly unwarranted. Sidekick may have been a consumer service, but it was “big” enough that one should have expected something much better from them.

  • http://Website jay

    I was thinking of getting the LG Optimus 2x but the moto atrix looks amazing . The only thing that bothers me is AT&T .

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    lame. motorola gaytrix

  • http://Website orko138

    Forget docks, the future is wireless, baby!

  • http://Website SomeGuy

    looks like another way to get the consumer to buy more useless stuff. A dock in each room and car? WTF!? What will happen if i’m watching a movie (in the appropriate dock) and a call comes in? Doesn’t sound convenient any more…..oh wait….it never did in the first place!!

    • http://Website Some other Guy

      Some Guy. Chances are, if your watching a movie when a call comes in you’ll pause your movie to answer the call anyway. So….Where’s the inconvienance?

  • http://Website Robert R

    I ordered the Atrix phone. Hope to get it sometime in the next week and a half.

    I have different thoughts about the directions this will go. I do think the future is all about wireless communication devices. I don’t think your phone (or personal device) will be the be all and take over everything, but it will probably control everything.

    NFC for payments included, these may replace most people’s wallets.

    Have an HTPC? You can access it via innovative play controls with HTML 5 (versus using some proprietary phone software) by adding it to your network (think windows 7 homegroup). Watching a bluray? You can preview the chapters on your phone without interrupting what is on the screen. Look at the TV Guide sent straight from your box and select a channel. Record to your tvr, and have it beam to your phone so you can watch it in the car pool the next morning. View your playlists of music from your media server.

    That’s just multimedia.

    Want gaming? Your machine renders HD output for games and wirelessly sends back and forth control and image information (would need a high bandwidth wireless, but it would just need to send control information and 30-60 frames a second with some buffer). You don’t need a wii, you have a device with accelerometers and gyroscopes built in.

    House controls for adjusting the thermostat or lights before you get home? Check.

    There’s probably going to be 2 computer devices in a household. A heavy duty home server (12 core server chips exist now, just imagine what typical processors will be in 5-10 years) and a portable device that allows you to make use of it from anywhere in the vicinity of your home (or maybe limited functionality away from home). That will replace most computing devices in the home (along with an improved bandwidth wireless standard faster than current a/b/g/n.)

    For gaming, the server just needs to put out HD content as probably one of the highest bandwidth items. If you need video edited or audio mixed, your portable device just sends it to the home server to be processed (multi-threaded) while you watch its progress on your PD.

    Students go to school, and receive their results and homework to take home. When home, it connects to the home server that displays on the appropriate screen in a room in the house.

    At some point it will cease to be a phone, smartphone, tablet or personal computer. With further wireless technology, what if your phone is a simple husk like the laptop dock that receives its processing from a mini computer the size of a credit card? You might have a cheap tablet with screen, battery and receiver. An ear and eye piece for voice and video calls.

    Eventually, these devices will run our lives. Which can be both an amazing and frightening thing.

    Technology has a long way to go, but you can see the start of the stuff of science fiction. Processing power is starting to get strong enough that it can really make a difference. Sure with bugs and such, its not great now. Neither was the Model T, but it was great for its time and pivotal for its influence on the entire industry. Is the Atrix a start? Could be, too early to tell.

    Most of all, I just want to have fun and enjoy my device and see what amazing things happen next.

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