One of the best features of Google’s new Nexus 4 is its native wireless charging capabilities, but until now, wireless charging has been convenient, but not actually useful. I will contest to how nice it is to be able to drop your device onto a pad and not have to worry about cables, but unfortunately it severely limits those who want to use their device while charging. Google’s charging orb for the Nexus 4 may just fix that.
Instead of a flat, boring mat for inductive charging, Google has chosen a half-sphere, very similar to the touchstone Palm used for its Pre and Pre 2. This orb offers a variety of advantages; you can orient the phone in either landscape or portrait mode, it allows for easier use as an alarm clock in similar ways to the original DROID’s desk dock, has a much smaller footprint to save space on your desk or nightstand, and looks much more interesting and attractive than a boring black mat.
Magnets will hold your Nexus 4 in place for optimal charging, as well as activate a new feature called “daydream” (another Palm Pre-esque feature) that displays recent photos, as well as various updates from your Google Now cards. Currently, there is no information on pricing, availability or compatibility with other devices, but I’m willing to bet that it will launch with the Nexus 4 on November 13th.
Source: The Verge