The Google Nexus 4 (made by LG) has a little known feature called wireless charging. This means you can charge your phone just by placing it on a compatible inductive charger.

Google have finally released the Nexus wireless charger, but it’s only available in the US at the moment. No official word on when we’ll see it in the UK, but I don’t think we will have to wait long.

The idea of wirelessly charging your phone is relatively new, but more and more manufacturers are looking to adopt the technology due to its simplicity. You place your phone on the charger and a few hours later (4 hours if you have a Nexus) you’re fully charged.

However, even though your phone charges wirelessly,  the charger itself needs power. That means it needs to be plugged in, which kind of defeats the object of having a wireless charger.

Glad we got that cleared up.

One good thing about the technology is that it can charge other compatible devices. The Nokia Lumia 920 is one of those. As it becomes more mainstream, we will start to see wireless chargers in bars, restaurants and coffee shops. We may even find them on public transport in the not-too-distant future. Soon, there will be no reason to using the excuse ‘my battery died’ when you forget to call someone back!

The wireless charger is available now from the US Google Play Store for $60 (around £39). We’ll just have to wait a bit longer in the UK.

Does wireless charging sound like something you could use? Let me know in the comments below.