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Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb detailed

Google officially launched the Nexus 4 smartphone that boasts some impressive specs. One of these include built-in wireless charging. For users to be able to make use of this functionality, the search giant is launching product designed for this purpose, The Verge reports.

Aesthetically, the so-called Wireless Charging Orb looks like a sphere sliced in half. It has a built-in magnet, which is also present in the Nexus 4 and that forms the basis of the charging principle here. The smartphone attaches at an angle on the dock that has a soft-plastic and rubber exterior so as not to damage the back panel of the Nexus 4.

Speaking of dock, the recently announced Android 4.2 comes with a feature called Daydream that displays photos, news and other information when idle or docked. Well, we won’t be wrong in saying that when docked in the Wireless Charging Orb, the feature will be activated.

This isn’t something we’ve seen for the first time. This technology goes back to the days of Palm and HP who devised the Touchstone wireless charger for webOS devices. Further, even Daydream is a feature that’s been inspired from webOS, which called it Exhibition.

Google also stated that it will be using the Qi wireless charging standard and so it won’t be surprising to see the wireless charging pads of the new Lumia phones work with the Nexus 4.

Details regarding the Orb’s official pricing and availability are still unknown. We’ll keep you posted as and when they’re revealed.

A fourth in the Nexus lineup, the Nexus 4 is manufactured by LG which will be released in the US, UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia starting November 13th. The GSM/HSPA+ models of the Nexus 4 8GB version will be sold for just $299 and the 16GB version will retail for $349. A T-Mobile US version of Nexus 4 will also be unlocked for $199 on a two-year contract.

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