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Three brand-new Nexus 4 accessories are appearing on the US Play Store (UK, Canada, and Germany too) today: a wall charger, a microUSB cable, and a set of earbuds with a built-in microphone. The wall adapter is a rather steep $16, the microUSB cable $10, and the earbuds $20.

Basically, you're probably vastly overpaying for all of this stuff, should you so choose to invest in it - 2.1A wall adapters (with two outlets, no less) can be found on Amazon for $10, and microUSB cables for a few bucks at Monoprice. But if you really need the official gear, it's there now.

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The headphones don't appear to be anything special, though they are kind of neat looking, and have a tangle-resistant flat cable with an in-line microphone, so that's a plus. Still, I'm not typically in the 'let's buy some unbranded, generic headphones!' kind of mood. These seem like the sort of thing you'd bundle with a phone, not that you'd buy separately. But hey, they're there if you want them. The wall charger and the USB cable are... well, they're what you get in the Nexus 4 box. Head to the Play Store to check the new Nexcessories out.

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Nexus 4 Wired Headset, Nexus 4 Micro USB Cable, Nexus 4 Power Adapter

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://twitter.com/Alankrut Alankrut Patel

    I wish they included headphones with the Nexus 4. Those look awesome

    • epsiblivion

      $20 isn't outrageous though. that's about the going rate for similar products. I'd buy it

      • http://twitter.com/Alankrut Alankrut Patel

        Yeah that is true.. But most, if not all, manufacturers include headphones. I just feel like LG/Google should have

        • epsiblivion

          they have to skimp where they can to minimize losses on their already subsidized phone. tmobile is selling for $460 for 16gb.

        • Lucas Laws

          They were included way back when with my Nexus S.

          • http://twitter.com/Alankrut Alankrut Patel

            Even my Galaxy Nexus came with them

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

      Like people have said, saving on the cost of the phone was a big concern. I'd like to hear how these sound, but for $20, my money is on "not very good at all."

      • http://twitter.com/omac_ranger Logan Graham

        Don't always judge them on price though.. I have had my pair of SkullCandys for about 3 years now and they sound great, block sound, and are incredibly durable. Here's to hoping these are the same.

        • blahmoomoo

          Hear hear.

          ...but avoid the Ink'd 2 at all costs. Tried those once when I lost one of my gels, returned it immediately. Looked and felt cheap, super thin wires, and extremely subpar audio quality. Only "redeeming" quality was it had a microphone and control button, but I never tested those. Bought replacement gels for my original Ink'd instead.

          • http://twitter.com/omac_ranger Logan Graham

            That's sad... They used to be such good headphones.

          • blahmoomoo

            At least you can still buy the original Ink'd, as far as I can tell, at least from Amazon. Probably not at a brick and mortar store though.

        • silaslenz

          Yea, my cheap one dollar headphones from China sound better that my 20$ Koss. They are even sennheiser branded, probably fake though :)

        • Tomi Golob

          I agree completely... Prime example are the stock headphones for the international version of SGS3. They sound really great with that phone. They sound a lot better than the 60€ headphones I got for my birthday. I was expecting some crappy sound quality like it was with the stock headphones on my SGS1. But these here , the ones who come bundled together with the SGS3, are really decent I have to say

          • Ivan Petkovic

            I completely disagree. I hate mine, though I carry them around in my bag I rarely use them. They look OK, materials seem OK, but sound is oh so better on my Sennheiser CX300II, and those are 20 euros now. Samsung could do better with S4, I believe. And should.

          • Tomi Golob

            That's strange...

        • Freak4Dell

          True...my $15 Koss KSC75s are wonderful, especially for that price.

          But really, when's the last time you heard of good earphones coming with a phone?

        • Matthew Fry

          geeeeenerallly speeaaaaking though... price is a good indicator of quality. I agree that Skullcandy makes some really good budget earbuds (specifically the titans), and Audio Technica makes an amazing set of budget monitors (the ATH-M50) these are the exception. There has never been a set of bundled headphones that I've ever liked.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1569417452 Tyler Watthanaphand

        you might be able to find a French review. Some law requires the french versions of Nexus 4's to include these in the box (if they're the same ones)

      • Matthew Fry

        Well, not only that but for the vast majority of people, getting your hands on a set of headphones is not a difficult job. I really don't think headphones should be considered an accessory except for in those cases like the dark days of the early to mid 2000's where nobody would put a standard 3.5mm headphone jack into their devices. I'd much rather have resources devoted to a pogo charge cable or wireless charging or nfc.

    • dcgavril

      Maybe it was my luck, but I've received that headset in the box with my nexus 4(in France, sent from Dublin), and it's ok...

  • RedPandaAlex

    The case is there too. Hadn't they removed that before?

  • RedPandaAlex

    Also, I want some accessories for the Nexus 10. Fuck me, right?

    • http://www.facebook.com/cole.mickens Cole Mickens

      Like headphones, a charger and a micro USB cable? These aren't even remotely specific to any device. (Not ragging on you, more on the fact that 3 nexus devices have had Pogo pins and not a single one has used them...)

      • RedPandaAlex

        I think it's even worse that these are totally compatible with the nexus 10 and it's not even listed as a compatible device

      • K.P. Smith

        My N7, in the N7 dock (available via the play store) uses the pogo pins quite well. Also the galaxy nexus had/has a dock available the uses the pogo pins. Not defending Google for their lack of use, rather defending accuracy of facts as an apple user would see that and say "ZOMG nobody can pogo on googles pins!!"

        • Chris Caldwell

          Apple users can't read, your safe.

          • Pallav

            *you're. That makes me a non-Apple user, right? RIGHT?

      • Matthew Christy

        I had the Nexus One and I had both the desk dock and car dock and they both used the pogo pins.

      • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

        The power adapter is fairly likely not to work (well) on the Nexus 10, because tablets usually need more power than phones.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emmanuel.buttigieg Emmanuel Buttigieg

    Those look like some mighty fine headphones

    • John Smith

      i prefer the minimalistic slim iPhone headphones.

  • fixxmyhead

    all of this stuff can be found on ebay for less than 5$

    oh and those usb cables are cheap. the one that came with my nexus 7 (also battery crapped out in like 6 months for no reason now i gotta get a new one >:( ) the little casing around the small end came off. must of not put enough glue

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

      I had that problem with mine as well, but I think that's an ASUS cable - I assume these are made by LG or LG's usual accessory white label partners.

      • fixxmyhead

        yea i guess. terrible quality inspection. also i had one of those that had the screen lifting but i was too lazy to send it in for another one.

  • Floris

    Quite expensive..

  • NoBullet

    $10 for the USB cable. You kiddin me.

    • fattire

      I bet it's a decent quality though. Those $3 ones from ebay are AWFUL.

    • qpinto

      id gladly pay 10 bucks for a great usb cable. those cheap ons off ebay and newegg and everywhere else feel flimsy and sometimes the sgs3 or n4 will be picky and wont charge. the new $10 cord has a think wire to is and feels up to the task for quite some time.

      • fixxmyhead

        nah even the knockoff have the chip to stop from overcharging

        • UniBroW

          usb cables don't have chips in them to prevent overcharging, that's a feature that's built into the phone itself.

          • fixxmyhead

            I meant on the adapter plug

      • TylerChappell

        The 6ft AmazonBasics microUSB cable is about the best one you can buy. It's less than $6 and is substantially thicker than most microUSB cables that come with the devices. It really is nice.

  • Simon Boulet

    They are on the play store here in Canada too!

  • Danny Holyoake

    These are showing up in the UK, too, FYI.

  • Andy

    Accessories are available in the Canadian Play Store too.

  • Wikiwix

    They are available in Germany as well. Same delivery time and prices 1:1 in €

  • moelsen8

    nexcessories..... love it!

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  • mechapathy

    Well...

  • http://twitter.com/BrnPttmn Brian Pittman

    I already have more than I need of all these. But, I am one more "surprise, your Nexus 4 slid off the charger last night and you're left this morning with minimal charge" away from returning the dysfunctionally designed wireless charging orb. Worst purchase I've made in a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cory-Wilson/1536862974 Cory Wilson

    I wouldn't buy any of this stuff but whose complaining? LG is doing great with providing official accessories so I'm pretty happy about that. Much better than Samsung, Asus, or htc that's for sure!

  • TOMMMMMM

    That Nexus 4 power adapter is the worst. It seriously torques on the wall outlet compared to the small Samsung cube ones.

  • selonmoi

    Has anyone tried the headphones? How are they? Fit and sound-wise?

    • Scott

      Dude they were just made available for sale.

      • selonmoi

        Sorry, I assumed they were the same ones that came packed in (by law) in France.

        • Scott

          There's a law in france that says they have to give you headphones?

          • dcgavril

            I don't know about the law, but I've received them also .. in France :)

          • selonmoi

            That was the explanation I heard for why they came with the Nexus 4 in France. Haven't verified it myself.

          • FrillArtist

            Yes, there's a law. Jeez, you're on the internet. Look it up yourself for crying out loud.

          • Scott

            Don't be a dick.

  • http://twitter.com/smartphonedude1 Pablo

    These look like the lg quad beats I've on eBay that supposedly come with the optimus G (international version) from Korea. I wonder of these are LG branded

  • Korbinian Kpunkt

    All available in Germany, but no Orb... I don't care about cable chargers, I want to use the feature I paid for....

    • Joel Anderson

      Buy the LG WCP-300, apparently it's a better charger.

  • NexusKoolaid

    I wouldn't be surprised if that 2.1 Amp charger on doesn't charge your phone as fast as the specs lead you to believe. Most high current chargers are wired to favor Apple devices (floating data pins, IIRC) where Android devices are looking for shorted data pins as a signal that it's OK to draw at anything higher than 500ma.

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

    The earbuds are tempting because I know the mic will work for calls. My Beats microphone and volume up/down buttons don't work on any of the Android phones I've had, just the pause button.

  • Nick V

    Why wired headphones? Nexus and Google are about wireless technology, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=22902812 Ryan Stuckmaier

    I wish the USB cable was longer than the original. I bought a 6ft cable from monoprice but it fits a little loose. My LG and HTC cables are all snug but all too short.

  • TechGuy22

    10 bucks for micro USB lmfaooo. thank god for ebay,.

    • Ray

      $10 for the cable, another $10 for shipping!!! :O

  • Michael Rosenfield

    I wonder why Google specifies that the headphones are "Wired". Does that mean that they have a "wireless" version in the pipeline?

    • FrillArtist

      You're just reaching for thin air. They just want clarity.

  • stevee

    I'd really like to see an official car charger for my N4. I'm paranoid about buying a random one and having it slowly warp my battery or explode or something crazy.

  • Ray

    All seem to be available in Australia as well. :)

    • akshay7394

      Out of curiosity, where in the Play Store do you find accessories? Under the devices section itself?

      • Ray

        Yep. Select the Nexus 4 for example and scroll to the bottom of the page.

        • akshay7394

          Ah, thanks. :) Not yet available in India, then. Damn.

  • Shi Qiu

    Apparently those are not some no named ear buds, but the so called LG QuadBeat earphones, which come bundled with the Optimus G.

    Some reviews say they're not that bad, good treble, lacking a bit in bass.

    A german review (link in german, use google translate):

    http://bestboyz.de/review-lg-quadbeat-earphones/

  • Simon

    Would a nexus 4 USB cable work with a galaxy nexus?

    • Sai Naram

      Yea definitely should.

    • FrillArtist

      There's no such thing as a "Nexus 4 USB cable". Don't be stupid.

  • JonJJon

    Here's hoping the outside has the Nexus X and not just LG :P
    http://img.donanimhaber.com/upfiles/1035153/D847789CDFE744799ECE29D232F2F5BC.jpg

  • http://twitter.com/ro1224 Robert Oliveira

    Is 3 a Gaggle? :P

  • Obsidian

    On the Australian Play Store too!

  • http://www.facebook.com/matt.harrelson.37 Matt Harrelson

    Well let's just say that the next version of the orb should utilize beam transfer tech to be accessible when plugged into the PC same as a direct cable.

  • Kevin Hill

    Because, people can grab both devices and accessories at one time, you will have a decent amount of people still buy these accessories.

  • Marc Edwards

    the headphones look to be the exact same as these lg ones, just without the branding. anyone got a review? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Official-LG-QuadBeat-LG-optimus-G-Premium-Stereo-Headset-with-Mic-WHITE-/181080485078?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item2a293cecd6

  • FrillArtist

    Disgusting. I wouldn't buy this overpriced crap even if I was brain dead!!

  • TylerChappell

    I just ordered the earbuds. $27.80 after tax and shipping jacked the price up, but I like that they at least have a flat cable, and I can't wait to try them out.

  • http://blog.ravrahn.net/ Owen Cassidy

    Those headphones look nice. I'd buy them but I just bought a couple of Monoprice's (supposedly amazing) $7 headphones. Maybe when they break I'll get a pair of these - it's less than I would normally pay for headphones anyway.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Taylor/1227016022 Paul Taylor

    SNAP is a new tether, storage and deployment accessory for personal audio
    earbud use with smartphones, music and other portable audio and video game
    devices. SNAP has the exclusive ability to securely anchor earbud-wired devices
    to the device user. Half of all smartphones sold are lost, stolen or damaged.
    (Kelton Research, June 2012)

    The SNAP converts your earbud wires into: 1) a leash to prevent device loss
    and theft, and 2) a catch wire to prevent dropped device impact damage.

    Go to "Earbud SNAP" You Tube >> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaqNqyASRMM

  • http://www.socialsecurityfraudprotection.com/ Bernie

    They have to make a bit of money somehow, I doubt the phones have much of a mark up

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