Thirty dollar Android dock trumped by free software

We’ve been cataloging the ways that open mobile is changing the wireless game (see the latest installment in Sarah Reedy’s blog run-up to our upcoming cover story). Add one more: a new free application in the Android store lets Motorola Droid users run the multimedia dock application without having to buy the $30 dock that up to now was required to enable the application.

So much for that accessories market, Motorola : >

To be fair, the Motorola Droid multimedia dock remains an innovative accessory (as is, to a lesser extent, the car dock — both pictured below). You simply slip the Droid into the doc and not only does it charge the device but it turns it into an alarm clock/connected radio of sorts, perfect for your night stand.

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But now, Droid users can download an app in the Android Market called DockRunner that will run the dock interface without requiring the dock hardware. You don’t get the charging station, nor it’s nice viewing station, but hey, you save thirty bucks. Not a bad deal.

It’s yet another example of how more open devices change the mobile game. When you let smart and motivated developers hack your device, you never know what may come up of it.

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