Google announces Wireless Charging Orb for the Nexus 4

Google announces Wireless Charging Orb for the Nexus 4
We knew that the LG Nexus 4 would have wireless charging available, and now we're seeing how Google plans to make that happen. Along with the Nexus 4 announcement, Google has shown off the Wireless Charging Orb for the device, although as yet there is no release date or pricing available. 

As The Verge notes, the Wireless Charging Orb looks quite a bit like the Palm Touchstone, which of course isn't really a surprise. Matias Duarte was the mind behind a lot of design at Palm, and he has been slowly bringing in those ideas to Android. We've already seen the addition of swipe gestures, and various "cards" throughout the Android OS, so we're assuming the design of the Wireless Charging Orb is just one more bit of work from Matias. 

The Orb itself is angled, so you can still see the display and use your phone if you need to, and the phone will stay in place because of magnets in both the handset and the Orb. You will even be able to orient the phone in either portrait or landscape mode as you prefer. 

Google has also confirmed that the LG Nexus 4 is using the Qi wireless charging standards, so any charging station that uses that standard should work, including the wireless charging stations for Nokia Lumia devices. 

source: The Verge 




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26 Comments

1. No_Nonsense unregistered

Could these companies call wireless charging in its current phase as induction charging and not wireless charging since its not exactly wireless?

4. sadaivadai

Posts: 156; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I always wanted to convey this to the manufacturer .. its really misdirecting many ..

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I suppose it would be better described as "contact charging" because, yes, the phone must be in contact with the charger. But it is literally wireless...lacking a wire.

16. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Actually there can be few millimeters distance between the dock and device but it may even more affect charging speed.

6. SleepingOz unregistered

I do agree with you but you don't have to connect any wire to your phone so it is indeed wireless.

12. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Since there is no connecting wires between the dock and device it is "Wireless Charging" but yes in science it is known as "Induction". Also I don't feel need to use wireless charger at all! I even don't see how it could be more user-friendly, It is almost the same way as you charge using charging dock, wireless charging is much slower than usual charging. While using wireless charging you can't normally use your phone while keeping it in your hand. Also wireless charging is not good for your health!

18. johnkob14

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Ya nether is wifi but we still use it

19. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

But at least WiFi is useful.

23. zegarek

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

I haven't encountered any reliable proves for it's unhealthy influence yet. If any of you could share some interesting links about it, I'd be grateful.

26. Jonnyw

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

I'm guessing "wireless charging" is a marketing thing, more people can relate to that rather than seeing induction charging and being confused by what method of charging it is. To techies, the name induction charging makes sense, but out of that scope, to the average smartphone user, it might not make sense.

2. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

will it take the same time to fully charge the phone as the wired chargers?

3. No_Nonsense unregistered

It's slower.

7. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

They shouldve made it to double up as a speaker, bcas it kinda look like one!

25. stuntz

Posts: 178; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

sounds like a cool idea, but magnet on magnet doesnt work out well for speakers...

8. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I would like to have this on my Samsung Galaxy Nexus

9. hf199

Posts: 31; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Awesome!

10. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

that looks very very nice. but still wondering where's the charging port at?

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its wireless induction. It charges while it sits there.

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

They need to have that be able to work in the car. It would make a swank little dash mount for GPS/ hands free. Might need to make the magnets stronger to hold during road bumps though.

14. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Charging from a 12V outlet is slow enough, so if induction is even slower, what would be the point? Just get a charging car dock.

17. bvalde09

Posts: 191; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

That sound like a good idea? But if the car charger is faster why bother. I mean is cool an everything but like roldefol says what would be the point

15. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

There is no need since you can use dock-holder in your car and charge it in usual way wich is faster than wireless charging.

20. zegarek

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

I do not really understand why Qi is being introduced instead of WiTricity. As far as I understood: 1. The range differences: * Qi transfers energy over a maximum distance of 1.6 inches; * WiTri's relatively efficient range is about 7 feet 3. The efficiency differences: * Qi has maximum 60% efficiency over the said 1.6 inches (yes, you loose 40% energy - wait longer for battery, spend more on bills); * WiTri has 90% efficiency over the distance of 3 feet. In both solutions the amount of power you can receive dicreases with the distance from your charger to your phone. None of them has negative effects on health or environment. Why they pick the weaker one? I'm not lobbying about WiTri, nor even favoring it. I'm just curious what I missed about those techs. Maybe some article, piece of news, any constructive answer? Anyone? My bibliography about WiTricity:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WiTricityhttp://www.witricity.com/http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_giler_demos_wireless_electricity.html About Qi:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qi_(wireless_power_standard) Loads of ads and reviews around the youtube, tech-fansites. You can even test it yourself.

21. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"None of them has negative effects on health or environment." Wrong.

22. zegarek

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 02, 2012

As I said, it is not an opinion of mine, but just an effect of reasearch I've done. I'd be happy to read about tests proving such effects, even some loose articles, hypotetics. If you know some reliable sources I'll read them all, from cover to cover. Just drop a link, thumbs up in return.

24. jsanchez7900

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Where's the orb's wire? It has to be plugged in, right?

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