Rumour: Microsoft forcing OEMs to place charging port at same location for universal accessories


WPCentral reports on a tip which makes so much sense it must be wrong.

According to their tipster Microsoft has changed the chassis spec for Windows Phone 8, forcing all OEMs to place the charge and sync port in the same location, in the bottom middle of the handset.

This will make it easy for third parties to make universal accessories which can serve for example all 10 million Windows Phone 8 users at the same time, rather than just the 2 million HTC Accord or 3 million Samsung Activ S users.

Their tipster writes:

“Miss not having all the accessories that iPhone users enjoy like speaker docks etc?. Fear not as all Windows Phone 8 devices will have a standardized location of the charging port which allows third party accessory manufacturers a brand new market to tap into, thereby increasing WP8’s appeal for not only the manufacturers but also consumers as well. This is something that drives a lot of users to iPhones and Microsoft felt this was something that may have been missing with wp7 but now hopes to remedy that with the new requirement in all WP8 handsets.”

We cross our fingers that this is indeed true, and certainly the devices leaked so far all appear to sport the charging port at the same spot, so chances look good.

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