By Jimmie Geddes email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 20, 2013 12:17 PM EST
Google has a pattern of announcing new devices and cool new accessories. However, the problem is Google only begins shipping those accessories months after being announced. When Google announced the Nexus 7 in July, it also showed off a charging dock for its 7-inch tablet manufactured by the tablet's maker, ASUS. Over six months have passed and the charging dock still hasn't hit the retail shelves.
The same goes for Nexus 4. The Nexus 4 was announced in October and so was a wireless charging dock. The Nexus 4 has shipped but that wireless charging dock has been missing in action ever since it was announced. However, it looks like things are about to change as reports are claiming that the Qi based wireless charging dock for the Nexus 4 will make its way to the market in February.
The wireless dock's design borrows heavily from Palm's TouchStone wireless charger that went on sale in June 2009. The dock allowed a Palm Pre to magnetically attach itself to the dock using a compatible back cover and wirelessly charge the device. It was an elegant way of charging the device without the need of inserting a micro-USB cable into the smartphone.
A Norwegian retailer is listing the Nexus 4 charging dock shipping around February 12. It is listing the wireless charging dock at a price of 739 kr, or about $114. It remains to be seen if this date actually results in the shipment of the wireless charging dock, but at least it looks like Nexus 4 owners are getting closer to the reality of being able to wirelessly charger their Nexus 4.