Go stock or go home: the rallying cry of the serious Nexus device enthusiast. Ever since the Nexus One, the Nexus series of Android hardware has presented users with a simple, affordable, and dare we say elegant solution to keeping at the forefront of Android development without getting bogged down by OEM software. While recent rumors have suggested that the Nexus line as we know it may soon be undergoing some big changes, if not disappearing entirely as Google Play edition hardware rises to take its place, for the moment the Nexus brand is still going strong. Today we see Google keep things moving as it quietly introduces a new Nexus-branded accessory.
The Nexus Charging Accessory is just that: a simple micro USB charger. Why would you possibly be interested in such a thing when your Nexus phone or tablet already came with a perfectly good charger (albeit not one with a cool Nexus logo like this)? Well, chances are that this puppy puts out a little more juice than the charger you already have.
While the first-gen Nexus 7 charger can output a hefty 10W (2A), the 2013 Nexus charger manages just 7W (1.4A) and the phones are even lower: the Nexus 5’s charger delivers more like 6W (1.2A). This Nexus Charging Accessory, on the other hand, is rated for 9 Watts – or 1.8 amps at 5 volts. That means that on many Nexus models, you should see a slightly faster charge time when using this higher output adapter.
Is that worth the $15 Google is asking for? Maybe not, and there are certainly cheaper options around, but we can’t deny being just the slightest bit tickled to see the Nexus name showing up on new hardware.