Windows Phone 8 to feature standardized USB port location for universal accessories?
We filing this one under a big ol’ rumor has we have no secondary source to corroborate the information, but there is some preliminary evidence to suggest there may be some truth to it.
We were just tipped off about a new requirement for Windows Phone 8 devices regarding the micro USB port and its placement on the device.
So far, much to the consternation of consumers and 3rd party accessory makers, it has been difficult to make charging stands, car mounts, etc. for Windows Phone due to the haphazard placement of the micro USB port. Some like HTC prefer the side, others like Nokia have it on top and some like Samsung have it on the bottom.
Evidently, starting with new Windows Phone 8 hardware, OEMs will be required to put the micro USB port at the bottom-center. We have yet to see the WP8 chassis requirements that presumably have been updated but there’s a good chance that this indeed has been added.
The "universal mount" for the iPhone has been a cash cow
To add some meat to the rumor, when you look at the Samsung ATIV S, indeed you see the charging port dead-center on the bottom. But then again, Samsung had it there too for the Focus S and their other devices. But those leaked images of the Nokia “820” from this morning tell a different story—that device also has the charging port dead center on the bottom. From our tipster:
Up until now, all Nokia Lumia phone have had their charger on the top but now, oddly enough they have moved it south. Coincidence or is this evidence for this new requirement?
The alleged HTC Accord with micro USB bottom-center
At this point, we’re leaning towards believing this is accurate. For one, it makes total sense that Microsoft would require this to make accessories more universal—it helps 3rd party companies sell more product, gives them incentive to “design once, sell everywhere” and consumers also win out by having a much larger selection of wares for their phone, which so far have been anemic, to say the least.
Make no mistake, third-party accessories for the iPhone are a huge business and it helps drive that whole ecosystem--why would Microsoft not want to address that with Windows Phone 8?
Surely we’ll find out more next Wednesday but for now, keep this one rumor at the top of your list.
Thanks, Dazza, for the heads up
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I remember this being an issue with Android as well. It was the reason you saw no accessories (and still to this day most the number of iphone/ipod accesories is much bigger)
My old touch pro 2 had everything in the right place.
they're a couple bucks, and totally worth the price.
This could also get W8 a ton of after market goodies :)
Until a confirmation, this is a just a rumor, but the Nokia phones having the connector on the bottom is perhaps an indication. Hopefully, they will be standard.
Ugh, Apple wont let you use 3rd party chargers 1/2 the time, I'm sure they'll try to block a MicroUSB..
If they want to unify the USB port location on bottom edge, please add some optional latches on both sides of it (like Apple's connector) while keep it backward compatible to general USB cables in case a latched cable isn't available. Common micro USB connectors cannot hold the cable and the device steady enough. I already broke two micro USB cables since I started using my HD7.
I personally hate the usb on the top of my lumia. my zuneHD looks so tidy and elegent when it's in it's charge/dock on my desk.
I am sure Nokia will come up with something just as elegent for thier WP8 Lumia phones
bring on the dock's !!
I would love to buy a small docking station to keep on the night stand that would let me keep it charged and listen to Podcasts or iHeart Radio or even turn it into a psuedo clock radio.
If that's true, the rumor was just a dream. :(
And when others try to copi the placement of micro usb, well... :-P