Since posting the Nexus 7 mini review, I've gotten a lot of emails asking about whether USB-OTG for storage was currently supported or would be supported in the shipping software load. I've done some asking around and believe I have the final word now. 

USB-OTG is indeed supported on the Nexus 7, however as anyone has used USB-OTG knows, whether peripherals or devices work is a function of the host OS and drivers. On the Nexus 7, using a mouse and keyboard is supported, and I saw Google using an Ethernet to microUSB adapter with the Nexus 7 (which I borrowed for my Galaxy Nexus) as well. Unfortunately mounting USB storage natively is not supported on the Nexus 7. Hopefully rooted users will be able to use StickMount with the Nexus 7 and make this work. In addition, MHL is not supported on the Nexus 7, which isn't very surprising since adding MHL requires another package and would increase BOM cost.
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  • probedb - Saturday, June 30, 2012 - link

    I guess I'll be rooting this at some point then ;)
  • Impulses - Saturday, June 30, 2012 - link

    Yeah, it'll surely support host mode once rooted and I imagine that'll become reason number one to do so.
  • nemi2 - Monday, July 2, 2012 - link

    Check out the nexus 7 formus on XDA. There are people with root and they have OTG usb storage working. Files can be written and read from the external USB storage. Only issue at the moment is that mount points or something is wrong so direct playback of media (videos) from the external storage is not working. expect that to be fixed soon.
  • nemi2 - Monday, July 2, 2012 - link

    Also... I see the first custom ROM for the Nexus 7 is up, as well as rooting toolkits and CWM install instructions. ;-)
  • tusaro - Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - link

    Hi since it has an USB port someine could design a protective frame like the ones for phone with built in sd or microsd slot and even a 3g sim card slot connected by USB
  • colgur - Friday, July 20, 2012 - link

    Thanks for the article.

    I have a USB modem compatible with Ubuntu. Google demonstrated USB-to-ETH. Do you think Nexus 7 will be able to use any USB-to-cellular?
  • kimhdstar - Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - link

    for storage, there is a very effective application on play store Nexus Media Importer, then you can connect your usb, hard drive or memory card with the Nexus 7 for unlimited storage (no need for root), here is the link to the application:

    for Flash Player, Mozilla Firefox gives you the ultimate solution to this problem,

    for the desktop rotation , the application ultimate rotation in the store play takes charge of this problem:

    if there is another problem with this tablet , share it !!


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