2013-07-14

USB devices on Google Nexus 7, cable

Well !

I am a proud owner of Google Nexus 7 3G with 32GB.
You all know that it doesn't have a SD slot or normal USB slot. I watched a few youtube videos, showing that you just need an OTG cable, and you can connect any USB flash drive.

1. First - FORGET ABOUT USB FEMALE-FEMALE scenario like this:


It does not work, I still don't know why and I search for reasons. But many people confirm this.


2. Second - NOT all cables work. I went to some shops with the tablet, and the cables seemed good, but they did not work. Finally I bought this one:


There isn't "OTG" word anywhere on the case, but it works. And I think it is too expensive - 5.5€



3. You have to be very careful, because the original cable miniUSB jack is slightly longer:


It clicks firmly to the tablet, BUT the OTG Hama cable does NOT click. May be there are better cables. I will try to remove 1mm of the plastic and maybe post pictures later. As you can see the tablet mini USB plug is somehow under the cover.


4. Software - if you don't root your device like me, you need Nexus Media Importer software.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.homeysoft.nexususb.importer
I was unable to do anything without it, even with ES File Explorer.
The Nexus Media Importer can stream files from your flash memory - movies, music.
It can also copy files USB->tablet.
Vice versa tablet->USB is also possible, but only if the USB is FAT16 or FAT32 format.


5. Other devices
I tried to plug a mouse - it is really funny!
I tried an old GamePad, but it does not work so well. The games don't detect it at all, or misplace the keys!
http://community.giffgaff.com/t5/Blog/Tutorial-How-to-use-a-PS3-controller-with-the-Nexus-7/ba-p/5479786



 References:
http://nexususb.blogspot.com/

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