As Nexus 7 owners well know, Google isn’t always the best at releasing official accessories for its devices in a timely manner. The ASUS Nexus 7 dock may finally be shipping to the US from some retailers, but the Nexus 4 is a whole other story. Google can barely keep up with LG Nexus 4 device orders, so I don’t think very many people were expecting anything to happen on the accessory front.
However, fortunately for those of us lucky enough to already have a Nexus 4, it looks like one of the OEM accessories might actually be released before the Nexus 5 is announced, with the exception of the bumper, because it is still out of stock. According to a Norwegian product listing, the official Nexus 4 charging dock will be shipping around February 12. The retailer has the dock priced at 739 kr, which converts to about $114 USD. Of course, conversions like this are never exact, and as we well know from the fact that the Nexus 4 is actually quite expensive in Europe.
While it is true that the Nexus 4 will work perfectly well with any Qi-standard wireless charger (just as the Nexus 7 will work well with many third party docks), many people like to have the option of buying the accessory directly from the suppler. Plus, many of the generic chargers are simply flat pads, which certainly don’t look as sleek as the official dock.
Personally, I would have liked it if Google included the wireless charger with the Nexus 4, but the low price of the device makes the absence excusable. Still, it would be nice to be able to buy a dedicated Nexus 4 wireless charger at all, so hopefully we will be able to once February 12 rolls around.