One of the shortcomings of Windows Phone is the scarcity of dock accessories. Microsoft’s device partners must adhere to certain performance standards and minimum specification requirements, but the manufacturers are free to operate within these constraints however they see fit. This flexibility leads to a wide variety of handset styles, but it also makes it more difficult for third parties to create Windows Phone accessories.
HTC revealed on Thursday that it plans to manufacture and sell optional dock accessories for its HTC TITAN and HTC Radar handsets. These docks will allow customers to turn their Windows Phone into an alarm clock, while simultaneously recharging the device’s battery.
A dock isn’t completely necessary–Windows Phone’s built-in alarm clock works quite well–but it can be very useful. More importantly, the availability of device accessories signifies a thriving ecosystem. The amount of accessories can often influence someone’s purchasing decision.
HTC should be applauded for rolling out dock accessories alongside its line of second generation Windows Phone handsets. Hopefully, more manufacturers will follow in its footsteps.