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: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 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!

7. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

how fast does it take, to take a pic?

9. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

not all phones have 41 megapixels and 2/3" sensor

12. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 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

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 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: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 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: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 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: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 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: 132; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

nobody said android.that guy said windows mobile 6.5

3. Planterz

Posts: 2120; Member since: Apr 30, 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: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

i hope they can get that otg,. i want to buy 1020

19. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

bluetooth 4.0 came to windowsphone8 updates. maybe USB-otg too.

4. N-fanboy

Posts: 543; Member since: Jan 12, 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: Dec 13, 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: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

android Supports usb OTG since gingerbread. and WP not??

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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.

20. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

why would WP get the lag of kitkat

28. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 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?

27. iTechies

Posts: 88; Member since: Dec 28, 2013

yeaah. including me.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

No Symbian had OTG long before Android!

13. Nesco

Posts: 12; Member since: Aug 09, 2013

hope it support NTFS usb flash drives

21. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

that is too much too ask. that is hard drive format

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