November 29, 2013
The Nexus Wireless Charger is now available for order in the Google Play store for $49.99 and will ship by Nov. 29. The 2.4-inch black square, as sleek and shiny as a pair of new patent-leather party shoes, offers wireless charging to the Google Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 tablet. The charging pad, which is for use in the United States and Canada only, is plugged in with a micro USB cable. The Nexus device, then, is just set down on top, at a user's leisure. Letting devices charge up in "sips" this way is thought to be one answer to the issue of needing devices to do more but still last all day. "No more messing with wires, cords and plugs—your tablet just snaps into place on the magnetic face and begins charging," says the description on Google Play. "The Nexus Wireless Charger adheres securely to any surface—like your desk, counter top or nightstand—so the convenience of grab-and-go charging is always within easy reach." Google introduced the LG-made Nexus 5 Oct. 31, calling it the slimmest and fastest Nexus phone ever made. It has a 5-inch full-HD display, 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and WiFi connectivity, a camera lens with image-stabilization technology, a new HDR+ mode that takes photos in quick bursts and the KitKat (Android 4.4) operating system.