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Re: Semi-OT: Newer N7, no pogo pins..?
I think I agree with the wireless charging being the reason. The POGO dock really only offered charging and a headphone jack. It didn't offer a desktop mode or data transfer ability. Docks were standard in phones up until around 2011 and then when Motorola's atrix and droid lines didn't make headway with their webtop there were fewer and fewer dock-related accessories.
Originally Posted by B. Diddy
The Galaxy Nexus had pogo pins and a couple of half-hearted accessories but 3rd party vendors didn't do anything with them (same with the 2012 Nexus 7). The Nexus 10 had pogo pins but I don't believe google has done anything with them beyond that weird little charging attachment samsung was selling. However, the Nexus 4 didn't have pogo pins and neither has the 2013 nexus 7 or the Nexus 5.
I think google would do well to bake some type of car mode, desktop mode, alarm clock mode into the NFC chip and sell branded wireless chargers for each need with the charging coils and also a little nfc tag to have the device enter the specific mode. Having some type of easily activated mode by NFC would really jumpstart 3rd party accessories for android phones (and the nexus line) and maybe even NFC. It seems like a lot of development is going into location and context aware task switching (a la tasker/google now) but even now if I tell llama (like tasker) to enable 'car mode' there is no car mode on my nexus device for it to enable.