References to USB gadget support removed from Google Nexus 4 online help manual

References to USB gadget support removed from Google Nexus 4 online help manual
The online help manual for the Google Nexus 4 has been revised. Previously, the manual mentioned that some accessories like mice or a keyboard would require an adapter to be connected to the phone via a USB connection. Now, the manual states that a mouse, keyboard, joy stick or other input device will connect to the phone via Bluetooth, just like you would use with a PC, and that USB is not supported for connecting such accessories on the Google Nexus 4. The problem there, according to the online support page, is that supporting a mouse on your Google Nexus 4 via Bluetooth could result in an significant additional drain on your battery. Just what you need, an addition drain on your power cell.

The lack of USB support could throw a wrench into the plans of some Google Nexus 4 owners who were planning on augmenting the  8GB or 16GB native storage on the phone by using a flash drive. With no microSD slot on the device, using a flash drive seemed a great way to expand the amount of native storage on the phone. But without USB support, that dog won't hunt.

source: GoogleNexus4Onlinesupport via AndroidCentral

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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1280 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM
  • Storage 16GB,
  • Battery 2100 mAh
  • OS Android 5.1 Lollipop



23. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I have to say this has made me reconsider purchasing the Nexus 4 now as 16gb is to small without any USB otg support. At the moment the cloud is not viable. I would probably start to use the cloud if you can store files other than documents and pictures, such as videos and apps. Also about the non removable batteries I would be annoyed except for the fact many manufactures like HTC, Sony, LG and Motorola have been making phones without removable batteries for some time now. Another reason why I choose Samsung because they have not......... yet!

22. RapidCat

Posts: 351; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

Lol lg the worse nexus maker

20. gravestone

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 08, 2012

Major deal breaker, switching my upgrade plan back to Galaxy Nexus. OTG USB support is crucial for me

12. stealthd unregistered

It's funny how there were so many people complaining about the iPhone having no removeable battery, no memory card options, and (with the 4/4S) front and back glass. Now there's a Nexus with all those "features", plus no USB OTG, and yet there's no uproar. Fanboys are funny like that I guess.

13. wendygarett unregistered

You think fanboy is funny, but we are happy to be fanboy :) Oh well, different personality tho lol

17. stealthd unregistered

No one really chooses to be a fanboy, it's more like something people do because they don't know any better. Ignorance is bliss.

19. rdeleonp

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 21, 2012

Well, considering the 16GB Nexus 4 costs $349.00 no strings attached and the unlocked 16GB iPhone costs $649.00 (almost twice as much), I'd guess there's not much complaining to be made, for the few compromises...

21. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

no uproar as APPLE patented like the iphones, I will avoid this phone, although for 299/349 it is a great deal to get this phone for no contract. I have a Droid Razr and still hate the fact that the battery does not come out, but it has a microSD slot, and that is more important to me.

11. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Well, I guess I will just wait for the Nexus 5

8. scsa852k

Posts: 331; Member since: Oct 16, 2012

To even get a quad-core unlock phone in your hands for $350 with 16 GB is considered almost like a steal. Whining about the storage capacity is asking too much IMO.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No reason why the NEXUS 4 does not have USB OTG support like the NEXUS 7.

6. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

If this were a Windows Phone article the headline would have read - "USB-NOT-On-The-Go!" (or something tacky like that.

4. adelta90

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

the compromise is okay as long as we can buy it from google for the subsidized rate. For the full retail, there might be better options to consider.

1. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Why don't the just add a 64GB for $100 more so people stop complaining?

2. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ummm, it has no space for microSD....

5. NickPeters

Posts: 74; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What he/she ment (I guess) is that the manufacturer (in this case Google and LG) should have made it with larger amount of space inside the phone and leave it with the same politic of NOT having the option to expend memory with extra memory card nor (as it seams) external flash memory or hard drive. In the other words: that politic means CLOUD emigration and thats Google's future vision of its ecosystem.

9. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ahhh, I see, nnaa meant that they should make one with 64GB storage...yeah, I prefer microSD - cloud storage is fine - I use a different one for each one device I own....otherwise, it can get confusing.

15. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah. It would be much easier that way. I'm guessing LG wants to keep a "sleek" design, so an SD card slot wouldn't satisfy that condition. As bad as it sounds, the average consumer probably cares more about how the device looks than the feature set. In order for it to look nice, a removable back and other "moveable" parts have to be removed.

14. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

*He* See the word "Nathan" in my user name? It is interesting to see who catches on and who doesn't. And yes, that's what I ment, actual storage. I think using the cloud is silly. I would never type a Word document on my phone, all the formatting would be lost. But that's just me.

18. wendygarett unregistered

Who are you? And who is Nathan? Lol

25. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

See comment #5

26. wendygarett unregistered

Uh ok lol :p

24. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Because Google is trying to push cloud storage hard.

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