Qi-powered wireless charger works with Google Nexus 4, 5 and 7
Google has launched the Nexus Wireless charger, which predictably enough charges selected Nexus-branded devices without the need for wires.
The charger uses the Qi wireless standard and costs $49.99 (£30.98)on the Google Play store, but is only available in the US and Canada for now.
The LG manufactured Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 smartphones are supported, as is the second generation Nexus 7, which Google says is now the world’s first “truly wireless tablet.”
Google Nexus Wireless Charger
“No more messing with wires, cords and plugs – your tablet just snaps into place on the magnetic face and begins charging,” says the search giant. “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.”
Nokia has been the most active supporter of wireless charging in recent times, with a number of Lumia smartphones compatible with the technology and the Finnish manufacturer recently conducted an experiment in which a Lumia 925 was charged in a matter of seconds using simulated lightning.
Its devices also use the Qi standard, developed by the Wireless Power Consortium, which competes with the Powermat-backed Power Matters Consortium (PMA).
Google is also a backer of the PMA, which has agreed deals with the likes of Starbucks to include wireless chargers in its coffee shops, while a third standard, the Qualcomm-backed A4WP Alliance is also looking to secure some market share.
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Originally published on eWeek.