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How to connect a USB accessory to an Android smartphone or tablet

0. phoneArena posted on 20 Jul 2012, 02:32

With Android 3.1, Google's mobile platform added a new trick to its repertoire – USB host functionality. In plain words, that allows for Android devices to work with a broad range of USB peripherals, such as keyboards, mice, USB flash memory sticks, and even gamepads. But what about smartphones and tablets that don't have a full size USB port? Well, they still can get along well with such accessories too, with the help of an inexpensive gizmo...

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posted on 20 Jul 2012, 03:00

1. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

I use one on my xoom for playstation games on trips. Quite a useful little tool.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 04:31

2. valapsp (Posts: 562; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

Will Nexus 7 get USB flash drive support via a software update? If I'm not making mistake right now it's possible if rooted. Anyone confirms?
This is the most important factor before buying the Nexus 7 since you don't want to pay $50 more for that extra 8gb. You can easily hook up a flash drive if it supports.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 09:54

4. Croxy (Posts: 55; Member since: 06 Dec 2011)

Just leaving a comment so I can get notified if someone replies to you :D

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 15:00

7. Asasindude26 (Posts: 33; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

Yeah when rooted yes :D But I have a question.... If I root my nexus 7 but don't install any custom ROMS will i recive Android OS updates from Google as I would without rooting? :) Thnx for replies

posted on 01 Aug 2012, 15:15

8. valapsp (Posts: 562; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

I'm not so sure but i think you wont get the OS updates automatically since this doesn't have to do anything with custom ROMs. And this is the main obstacle preventing me from rooting.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 05:44

3. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

If anyone has SGS3, just check this:


It's long, but you won't need anything else.

posted on 20 Jul 2012, 12:23 1

5. borganwa (Posts: 5; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)

It works with all 2011 and 2012 Xperia (2011' Xperia needs root to access USB flash drives)

posted on 23 Jul 2012, 01:08

6. shayan (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)

what about galaxy note?

posted on 30 Sep 2015, 09:14

9. Eugenes_DIY_Den (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 Sep 2015)

A webcam would be nice so I could use my phone for remote inpection (like those systems they use for looking into sewer pipes)

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