Nexus 5 gets some colorful case options, new wireless charger

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Kids may be looking forward to all the candy they stand to collect while out trick-or-treating tonight, but us adults already got our big treat of the day, with Google finally launching the Nexus 5. We just told you about the launch, as well as the arrival of Android 4.4, but there’s more than just this smartphone hardware itself hitting the Play Store today. No, we’re not talking about any surprise Nexus 10 refresh, but the availability of a nice assortment of official Nexus 5 accessories.

It’s always nice to see accessories turn up right when a handset launches, and while none are yet available for purchase, if Google’s “coming soon” is anything close to accurate, we should see these guys going up for sale any day now.

First up, the Nexus 5 sees a nice assortment of cases, in two distinct styles. There’s one Google calls the “bumper,” but be advised that this actually extends across the entire back surface – it’s not like the Nexus 4 bumper in that regard. This is easily the most colorful option, with black, gray, red, and yellow versions. It will sell for $35.

Then there’s the QuickCover, which offers similar side and back protection, but adds in a folding front cover. This slightly more elaborate option will sell in white and black for about $50.

Those two are both on the Play Store now, but we’ve got one more new accessory that hasn’t yet shown its face: there’s a new wireless charging pad on its way, for use with both the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7. Unlike the Nexus 4 pad, this one looks like it’s flat, and integrates magnets to help hold a charging device in place. If what we’ve heard is correct it, too, should go up for sale today, but we haven’t seen it surface just yet. For now, there’s no word on pricing.

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Source: Google, Engadget

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!