By Stephen Schenck | May 9, 2012 3:09 PM
When Samsung and Google announced the Galaxy Nexus, they shared with us news of a host of accessories that would be available for the handset. We were interested in getting our hands on some of those products to see how they added to the Nexus experience, but ongoing delays meant we’d have to wait until several months after the ICS Android arrived before we’d have the opportunity to pick up some of that gear. Today some news arrives that suggests that history will be repeating itself for the Galaxy S III; why can’t Samsung get its act together when it comes to accessories?
While the announcement of the GS3 revealed that the phone wouldn’t have the sort of extra-long-distance wireless charging that we heard rumored, it did confirm
a more traditional implementation of the technology that limited-range wireless charging would still be present. That meant that Samsung also had a matching charge pad that would be one of the GS3′s available accessories. Now, however, retailers are indicating that Samsung won’t have the charger ready in time for the phone’s arrival, and the best guess for when it might finally show up isn’t until September.
Is it too much to ask that a phone’s official accessories be ready to sell with the handset when it actually launches? After all, it’s not like we’re talking about third-party manufacturers who may not have access to relevant specs and phone measurements before a handset’s release. Perhaps we’re not appreciating the intricacies of Samsung’s manufacturing supply chain, but this ongoing problem certainly has the appearance of being easy enough to correct, should Samsung decide it’s worth paying attention to.
Are we just overreacting to some run-of-the-mill delays, or should phone manufacturers put more effort into the timely release of accessories?