Enable Webtop Via HDMI On Motorola Photon Running Android 2.3.4 [How To]

Photon 4G Webtop HDMIThe Motorola Atrix 4G set the trend for what is now known as Motorola’s Webtop technology, allowing you to turn your device into a mini laptop in a few seconds by placing it into a dock. The Atrix 4G was the first to do it, the Motorola Photon 4G is the second. However, like the Atrix 4G, the Photon 4G requires an official dock to enable the Webtop functionality. Luckily, XDA-Developers forum member _unknown who brought us the hack to enable Webtop via HDMI on the Atrix 4G, has managed to do the same for the Photon, thereby removing the need for those pricey official docks that Motorola wants you to buy.

The hack is meant for Photon’s running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread strictly. Here’s how you can get this done on your Photon.

Disclaimer: Please follow this guide at your own risk. AddictiveTips will not be liable if your device gets damaged or bricked during the process.

Requirements:

Instructions:

  1. To begin, download the .zip file from the link above and extract the contents to a folder.
  2. Make sure USB debugging is enabled. (Settings > Application > Development).
  3. Open command prompt or terminal and navigate to the folder where you extracted the zip file.
  4. Enter the following commands:
adb shell

su

mount -o rw,remount /dev/block/mmcblk0p12 /system

mv /system/app/DockService.apk /system/app/DockService.apk.bak

mv /system/app/PortalApp.apk /system/app/PortalApp.apk.bak

mv /system/app/DockService.odex /system/app/DockService.odex.bak

mv /system/app/PortalApp.odex /system/app/PortalApp.odex.bak


rm /data/dalvik-cache/*DockService* /data/dalvik-cache/*PortalApp*

cd /system/app

cp /sdcard/DockService.apk ./

cp /sdcard/PortalApp.apk ./

chown 0:0 ./DockService.apk

chown 0:0 ./PortalApp.apk

chmod 644 ./DockService.apk

chmod 644 ./PortalApp.apk

reboot

That’s it, once the device reboots, you should be able to enable Webtop over HDMI without needing the pricey docks. For updates and queries, visit the forum thread at XDA-Developers.

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  • chet

    do you press enter after every line of the code or just copy and paste in command prompt??

  • matthew

    when I do “cp /sdcard/DockService.apk ./” why does it say no such file or directory exists?

    that’s the part I’m stuck on.. and I’ve tried these commands a couple times, and have run into a few problems and figured out the issues.. until this one.. this is the one I can’t get.

  • http://twitter.com/roq999 Darren Rockwell

    This guide is not very well put together, it doesn’t explain a lot of parts that are specific to your computer ie: where to type your extracted files location 

  • Schooner7

    how do you use the micro usb cord to get internet from photon 4 Motorola phone to my laptop without paying the 30 extra tethering fee

  • Jason

    Your guide contradicts itself. The link on how to root the phone requires an HD dock, while this guys is trying to use webtop WITHOUT the HD dock…. /facepalm.

  • Jason

    Your guide contradicts itself. The link on how to root the phone requires an HD dock, while this guys is trying to use webtop WITHOUT the HD dock…. /facepalm.