Windows Phone 8.1 may support USB on-the-go
It goes without saying that if this turns out to be true, then it will be a significant step toward Windows Phone taking on Android. Former Microsoft employee Nawzil Najeeb is claiming that his device running Windows Phone 8.1 recognizes USB connections to the handset.
“USB storage detected. Tap to view files,” is the message that appears when he plugged in a USB thumb drive to his Windows Phone using a USB OTG (on-the-go) cable. This looks like good news for those that are hoping to be able to access the file system in Windows Phone too.
We should point out that this does not mean we will see this feature in the final build of Windows Phone 8.1, but we are feeling pretty good about it. Seeing as how Microsoft is aiming for as unified an experience as possible across Windows devices, it only makes sense that the user would gain access to some type of file management on Windows Phone.
Having USB OTG support does open up a lot of functionality to Windows Phone. In addition to external storage devices, we could see all sorts of accessory support (heck, maybe even an Xbox controller). The leaks of information keep coming, we cannot wait to see what is next and what ultimately gets announced by Microsoft.
sources: @Nawzil8 (Twitter) via Softpedia
1. akki20892 (Posts: 3463; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
WP getting cooler n cooler. I can't wait to see what 8.1 will bring for us. A lot features, a lot.
2. joey_sfb (Posts: 2921; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Always thought it was there, now I know they might finally get to release it in windows 8.1
Windows Mobile 6.5 is cooler than 7 and 8.
At least winmo is a true smart phone in its time.
5. alterecho (Posts: 1082; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Anything is cooler than WP7 and 8, in its current state. lets see if 8.1 improves stuff, or is another fluff update like GDRx.
I also want the stupid/slow/tedious protocol Microsoft is using, currently, for file transfer on WP8 devices. It just takes too long, just to copy a bunch of songs.
And also a file manager.
16. AfterShock (Posts: 2803; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Sure feels like they're dragging their feet to bring wp to wm parity indeed.
One was a powerhouse, one is currently a outhouse.
6. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Keep on dreaming buddy! After using WP on my Lumia 1020 I will never go back to android! and to think how smooth this thing runs on a DUAL CORE processor just show how crap Android is optimized!
9. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1141; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
not all phones have 41 megapixels and 2/3" sensor
12. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
question should be how good pic it takes . S4/Ip5s can take 10 crapy pics and 1020 can take one that best them all.
14. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
Who cares, no one cares about pictures and photos? What is driving deman is brand, specs, and feature, not camera. Do you see Nokia selling Lumia 920,925,928,1020,,, no only cheap Nokia WP are selling well! This shows that people are really not interest in WP platform, but prefer Android and iOS,,,,
17. sbw44 (Posts: 389; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
Tell me what do you really use that amazing specs for?
Not once did it happen when using a Note 3 that "Wow thats the amazing octacore processor thats doing that"
On my 1020 people are everytime amazed how great my pictures look and how far I can zoom in! Don't even talk about how many look at my Bright Yellow phone instead of all the other boring black and with one you fandroids are rocking!
18. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1141; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
dont be too cocky. many people still care about pictures and photos, like me.
nokia sell well on cheap phones because they are cheap and people get what they pay for.
22. akki20892 (Posts: 3463; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
You better use none camera phone,
23. akki20892 (Posts: 3463; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
It has a camera startup of 6.1 seconds and a shot-to-shot time of 3.6 seconds for 5 mpx photos and 4.2 seconds for 38 mpx photos.
OK you know why it takes long because large picture and Main thing is catching more pixels & details. Good question by the way.
32. Shatter (Posts: 2024; Member since: 29 May 2013)
What will the Nokia fanboys reponse be when 4.5 brings a far superior camera api that can actually support cameras like the one of the 1020, it won't be long before Oppo or Sony jump on it to beat Nokia once its released.
33. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Problem is, Nokia will no longer be in the handset production business in the next few months.
Why couldn't Microsoft just leave them on their own?
25. sinple (Posts: 103; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)
nobody said android.that guy said windows mobile 6.5
3. Planterz (Posts: 813; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
This assumes the hardware supports it too. OTG isn't merely a software thing, the device has to be made to provide voltage OUT of the USB port to power the device; it's not merely input (even if the device itself is powered). I've seen plenty of Android devices that had the software for OTG, but the option is grayed-out because the hardware doesn't support it. Conversely, there's devices that support OTG with the hardware, but need 3rd party software like Stickmount to be functional.
The question is: do current WP8 devices have the hardware to support OTG with an update to 8.1, or is this only going to be a possibility in future devices?
10. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1141; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
i hope they can get that otg,. i want to buy 1020
19. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1141; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
bluetooth 4.0 came to windowsphone8 updates.
maybe USB-otg too.
4. N-fanboy (Posts: 538; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Im afraid M$ wont have anything to bring to the table for wp9. Maybe an RT like multi window multitasking for big screen phones.
8. realtrevor (Posts: 14; Member since: 13 Dec 2012)
Not new, BlackBerry Z30 always had it. But the media never made noise about it cause you know it's BlackBerry the most hated platform amongst media houses.
11. iTechies (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
android Supports usb OTG since gingerbread. and WP not??
15. Arte-8800 (limited) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
And it took WP 5 years to provide this while it had it on Android 5 years ago.
So it will take 10 years for WP to have what Android KitKat has,,,?
No wonder no one wants to use or try WP.
28. iTechies (Posts: 81; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)
my nexus 5 is kitkat android device and my nexus 5 doesnt know anything about what you're saying 'lag'. nexus 5 is smooth as butter.
26. papss (unregistered)
People want something that doesn't look like it was made in 1995 (android) and something that has the function of android.. This is what wp8.1 seems to be doing. Why the hatred? Are you butthurt or just that pothetic?
21. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1141; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
that is too much too ask. that is hard drive format
29. Liveitup (Posts: 1231; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)
8.1 will be a massive update to an already great platform.
30. williamdroid (Posts: 125; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)
+1 to you
I agree. The OS itself is already amazing. Its beautiful on my 1520.
Hopefully this update shuts up all the haters saying it lacks "this" and "that"
I am a WinDroid fan lol
i love my Note 3 but my next daily driver might be the succesor to the 1520
31. Adrian38 (Posts: 125; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
Doesn't matter how many 5 year old features they add. Without the apps that people actually want, this platform will never be anything big. It will always be a very distant 3rd. Simple as that.
35. jsdechavez (Posts: 703; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)
Nokia Symbian phones had USB OTG a long time ago. Faster MS, faster!!!