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Google Wireless Charger launched for Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7


Nexus Charger
Nexus Wireless Charger

Google has launched the Nexus Wireless Charger for its Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones, as well as for its Nexus 7 tablets.

The device is available now on the US and Canada Google Play Stores for a price of $49.99. Here in the UK, it’s simply listed as 'Coming soon.'

It will enable users of these Nexus phones (and tablets) to charge their devices without having to plug them in. All they need to do is lay the device down on the square plate-like Nexus Wireless Charger, and it’ll charge up through inductive technology.

The new Nexus Charger is a surprisingly small device at just 60 x 60mm and 12.5mm thick, but that doesn’t mean that your Nexus 7 will be balanced precariously on top. According to the Google Play Store blurb, "your tablet just snaps into place on the magnetic face."

Apparently the charger also adheres to whatever surface it’s laid on, so you’ll have a securely fastened charging station wherever you choose to set it up.

Elsewhere, Google has also made its Nexus 5 Bumper Case available for purchase, providing colourful protection for the latest flagship Android smartphone. It’s available to buy now on the Google Play Store for £24.99.

It’s a pretty typical-looking case that covers all but the screen of your Nexus 5 with a "hard outer shell and soft rubber lining," and it’s fully compatible with wireless chargers like the above. It comes in grey, yellow, black or red.

Next, read our iPad mini 2 Retina display vs Google Nexus 7 2 comparison.


November 20, 2013, 9:16 am

I bought a similar sized, but round, charger from Amazon. I'm happy with how it works for under £20. The charging Orb for Nexus 4 never made it to UK, and was always 'coming' but never did. The Quick Cover for Nexus 5 is now shipping from Play, but when you add the huge postage charge, it comes to £46 for a case. I guess this only looks reasonable when you factor in the relatively low cost of the handset (a similar case for an iPhone or high end Samsung Android would be a third that cost, but you would have paid twice as much for the handset!).

If these accessories were available at time of the handset launch, Google would probably make a lot of margin on bundling with the handset purchase. The phone is great but the supply chain, shipping costs and unavailability of standard accessories is annoying.


November 20, 2013, 10:09 am

Too small.

Hamish Campbell

November 20, 2013, 2:10 pm

Seems a bit pointless for me, but could this work as a holder in the car?

If the magnet is strong enough you could stick it to the dash somewhere and just click it on. Might not be stable enough to jab with a finger though


November 20, 2013, 7:04 pm

I've ordered it for use in the car. It is small but will be stable enough, in vertical orientation, for the Nexus 5.

Jos black

November 23, 2013, 9:53 am

Yes the meaning of wireless ain't reached. What the point of holding the device in my hand waiting for it to charge? I prefer one to two meter distance so I wouldn't stuck somewhere with cable.

Nikie Lima

January 22, 2014, 8:24 am

This is amazing. I have a RavPower Qi wireless charger but this one seems like more stylish. Wanna get one for my bf.

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