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The long-awaited Nexus 4 wireless charging orb is finally up for grabs on the US Play Store, get it while you can - it's $59.99 and ships this week.

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We'd previously seen the charging orb pop up on a number of online retailers, though few were actually taking orders. The device uses the Qi wireless charging standard, and weighs 130 grams... in case you were curious.

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David Ruddock
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  • Crazydog

    What is that app on its screen? I WANT.

  • Laurence

    Hey, that's Battery Widget Reborn. Pretty cool for the developer to get featured on a Google press shot.

    • http://twitter.com/IamPeePay Tomáš Petrík

      Exactly what I thought!
      Very useful app though.

    • jonathan3579

      Yep. I was thinking the same thing as I was using it on my Galaxy Nexus and now Nexus 4. I'm a huge fan of it.

    • fodawim

      Annnddd it's gone. Seems they updated the picture and just removed the phone entirely.

  • skitchbeatz

    The link currently doesn't work for me and it's not listed under accessories for the Nexus 4

  • RedPandaAlex

    Grrrrr. How does the Nexus 4 inductive charger get released before the Nexus 10 cover? All the cases you can get for the N10 add to much bulk. We need the official cover from the Verge video already.

    • Matthew Fry

      Don't hold your breath. We don't have a single *official* accessory yet.

  • Guest

    yup, US play store only...link doesn't work in Germany

  • K
    • K

      the link up top is wrong so click this

    • Dominicanstan

      Thanks! this one works, the one on the article dont

    • Qin-Root

      this link works in Germany :-)

      but "wird noch nicht verkauft" - "not yet available"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Thanks. Looks like Google changed the URL on us.

  • orbdesire

    WHERE IS IT

  • Midere Gacamanú

    Anyone knows if wireless charging works while using a case?

    • James Jenkins

      I have a palm pre stone. the magnet in it I use for a stand on my desk. It holds the phone very well with case if not better than naked so I dont think it will be an issue. I have the bumper and two cruzerlite cases. The phone is just so slippery without a case that is why I say works better. Cases give it some grip.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

        and it would charge?

    • Adam Grasch

      It can and really depends on the case. My HP touchpad charges just fine through 3 different cases I have. My Galaxy S3 is using the Palm Touchstone charger and it will charge great and hold the phone with no case. It will charge with a TPU case I have but doesn't really hold it in place. I also have the Otterbox commuter for my S3 and it will not charge it nor will it stay on the charger.

  • Mitchell

    Not available in Canada, as always.

  • http://www.facebook.com/koniczynek Michał Droździewicz

    They forgot Poland :(

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      They forgot Poland with more than just the Orb.

      • http://www.facebook.com/koniczynek Michał Droździewicz

        They always forgot Poland. There is even Czech Republic listed on you latest giveaway and Poland is missing. I have like 2h drive to Czech Republic...

  • Zak Taccardi

    any chance this is compatible with the bumper?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I'm 99% sure this will be compatible with the bumper.

      • Zak Taccardi

        well please let us know when you get yours (assuming someone at AP is buying it) before we sink $60 into it. Thanks!

        • JonJJon

          It is completely compatible with the Bumper. Sits perfectly on it with the bumper, also if you have a "not-too-thick" full body case on the phone it still grips to and is charged by the orb.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I should hope so.

    • Elias

      Making official accessories not compatible would be such a huge failure... I'm confident to assume they do work together.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

    $60 just to save me the 2 seconds of plugging in a MicroUSB cable? I'll pass... maybe if I were Donald Trump that'd be reasonable.

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      It saves wear on the USB plug, saves the risk of scratches on the back if you arent running the case and anchors and displays your phone like a clock.

      I bought two, but then again $60 for a well made accessory doesn't really bother me.

  • http://profiles.google.com/wisefire935 Joshua Wise

    I was able to order it.

  • Chronus719

    Quick note: I just noticed that it is only listed as an accessory under the 8GB page. Seems like the 16GB page may not have been updated yet. Just placed my order for one, shipping in under a week. Hassle-free.

  • Christopher Saylor

    I'm confused by this pricing. Old touchstone orbs cost $10. What is it about Qi that makes the charges so friggin expensive?

    • Bert

      My Touchstone was 80 bucks when I bought it, and that was on sale. Mind you it came with a replacement battery cover, but still expensive.

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Youre comparing standards compliant accessories that support a currently sold product to stuff from the used parts bin for a dead platform?

      Logic escapes you...

    • Bob G

      Because as you said, it is OLD. When you have a discontinued product, all accessories are on FIRE SALE. Just look at the Motorola Atrix Laptop Dock: New = $100+, Old = $35

  • trjcasper

    Ordered two of them. I've been shopping for a new night stand clock and this solves that dilemma while freeing up an electrical plug in my wall.The second one is for my wife who will cry if only I get a super cool new toy.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

      Wouldn't you still need that outlet to plug the charging Orb into?

      • basteagow

        Clock + USB charger vs. Qi charger alone.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

          Good point. I didn't think about the fact that he might already have a clock now that he'd be getting rid of.

  • John O’Connor

    oh no, they cut the Q in half ;-)

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      lol You know it'd be pretty cool if this had that functionality as well.

  • Bobobobob

    Can't wait for this to be available on the UK store...

  • Mike Loomis

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: $60 seems like a lot to pay to replace a $2 cable.

    • andy_o

      And as has been said before, this doesn't replace the cable. Think about it for 10 seconds.

      • Mike Loomis

        How does it not replace the cable? You use this to charge your phone, but instead of plugging the cable into the bottom of the phone you plug it into the back of the orb.

        • andy_o

          So how does it replace the cable?

          It's not about replacing the cable, it's about replacing the constant plugging and messing with the cable. I got no less than 3 micro-USB powered devices I got to plug in at night, one of which (the N7) I use to read in the dark in bed, and it'd be nice not to have cables hanging from all of them.

          • http://twitter.com/realnudel Meowski Catovitch

            If it's not on the charger, it's not charging. You have that option already: Don't plug in the cable. :)

            If it is on the charger, there's still a cable going to the charger itself. Zero cables removed.

            With the wireless charger, unlike a wire, you cannot use and charge the device at the same time, and it charges slower.

            If you keep picking the phone off the charger to use it (e.g. answer a call) and then put it back afterwards, that seems like something that might mess with the battery's charging cycles (although I don't know how much that matters with modern batteries; maybe not at all, but it'd worry me all the same).

            Some wireless chargers are also a pain to line up properly, but maybe this one is better (does it have multiple coils?) so I'll reserve judgement on that until there are reviews.

            Reducing wear on the USB port seem is a pro, although I've never had a phone USB port wear out (my Nexus 4's one will probably break now that I've said that :)) so I can't say I value that at all.

            It looks kind of neat, and might be nice if you want the phone at an angle. It's a bit of a novelty, as long as you don't remember that wireless charging is a really old technology used in stuff as boring as electric toothbrushes :).

            I can see why some people want it despite all that, but I personally it seems like paying a bunch of money for something that causes more problems than it solves. It does look cool, though, and I am sort-of tempted by it just because of how it looks, but I have to keep reminding myself that everything else about it kinda sucks, at least for how I use my phone.

          • Adam Grasch

            It is not a novelty and is extremely convenient.

            If you do not have one you will never understand. Period! End of story.

            I have wireless charging on my Touchpad, Galaxy S3 and soon for my Nexus 4.

          • andy_o

            I don't know why most people read at night, but I do until I get sleepy. Do you want to fiddle with the cables in the complete darkness right then, find it, untangle, get the cable and hole to match and hope it goes in the correct way... or just set it on a charger? The other point is that even though the nexus 7 doesn't have it (though it could be relatively easily hacked) having it on any of the other devices reduces the mess anyway.

  • Ivan Myring

    No luck for UK

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

    Just got two! Yay for tax refunds!

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • TylerChappell

    And so this SHOULD work with the Droid DNA, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

    Does this work for other phones? Specifically, the Galaxy S3? I have the battery cover for Qi wireless charging, but I've been waiting for a decent charger to be released.

    From the pictures, it looks like the bottom of the phone is not resting on the ground, so I'm wondering if there's a special magnet or something holding it up... something that would prevent a different phone from working with it.

  • FrillArtist

    $60 so you don't have to plug a cable into the bottom of your phone. Right.

  • Steve

    Cool. They found something to do with all of those Nexus Q shells they had laying around.

  • Spencer Whatley

    My second Nexus 4 I've bought (One directly from T-Mobile a month or so ago) and now my first from the Play Store (a V-Day gift for my ladyfriend) is already shipping after a 6 day, 4 business days, wait. When the Play Store estimated 2-3 weeks! Now I know they overestimate just in case so unreasonable people don't freak out but that was quality turnaround time. Now my gift won't be late and Google is once again my hero.

    Now to buy us both our own charging Orb... these things are sexy!

  • Elias

    No way I'm paying more than $30 on a wireless charger; and to make matters worse, the industry has not settled for a standard yet, so you risk throwing your money at something which will be useless in a couple years.
    I use my phone a LOT while charging, having it on a dock would be impractical; moreover, I'm reasonably happy with the micro usb cable. It's definitely not a nuisance I'd pay $60 to get rid of. However, a qi charger embedded in a good bluetooth audio dock activated by NFC could probably be worth $60.
    Sure I'd love a charging orb on my car, but I'll wait for the chinese $15 knockoffs.

  • basteagow

    Google just canceled my Orb order! My credit card and address information are fine and the same I used to purchase my Nexus 4 months ago.

    Order date: Feb 11, 2013 11:12:29 AM PST
    Google order number: ###

    Google Inc. has cancelled your order. You have not been charged.

    This order was likely canceled for one of the following reasons:

    * Details provided for your credit card do not match those on-file with your financial institution.
    * The address information provided was incomplete and could not be verified.
    * To block an attempt to purchase more than the maximum allowable devices.

    Please visit Google Wallet to verify or update your account information. Be sure that your full billing address is complete and matches those on file with your financial institution or credit card company.

    For further information, please visit our help center, or call us at 1-888-4UNEXUS.

    ©2012 Google

  • http://www.jugarfriv.org/ friv

    Nexus 4. I like use it