One of the key features supported these days on smartphones are the accessories that come with it or the ones that are sold separately. With these accessories, users can basically do a lot more with their regular device. And one such feature or accessory/feature is USB On the Go. This feature is quite beneficial if it’s supported on a smartphone, which it is in most cases. However, it has now come to light that the new LG Nexus 4 cannot support USB on the go with its micro USB port. This comes as a shock to many as the device’s listing on the Google Play Store initially suggested that it will support USB OTG. But now the page says that the device only supports Bluetooth and not USB. It is unlikely that this would be something to do with the software of the device and I strongly feel this is something to do with the device itself as other Nexus devices like the Galaxy Nexus, the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 do support this feature. Considering that the Nexus 4 currently comes with a maximum storage of 16GB, this feature would have been very helpful for the users willing to add external USB memory keys with the OTG cable.
We understand that Google and LG had to keep production costs in mind when manufacturing the device, but the exclusion of a rather minor feature like this seems really strange. This is a feature supported by a few Symbian phones in fact, so one would call it an absolute necessity for smartphones to come with this feature by default. Personally, after learning about this, my motivation to get the Nexus 4 has taken a beating.
With the inclusion of this feature, one can use the device as a full fledged work machine, with the ability to add mice and keyboards too. Will LG make the changes in its production to implement this one feature into the device? We doubt it, but expect a word from either LG or Google justifying the move.
As the days go by, the Nexus 4 is beginning to become less appealing to us all. And the issues experienced during the launch of the device, still haunts a few users. So while the Nexus 4 showed great promise and it probably still is the best smartphone money can buy, it’s the exclusion of small features like this that can prove to be costly for the company. Let’s hope that’s not the case. What do you think of this new revelation? Will it prove to be a factor for you if you’re planning to get it?
The market has already seen the arrival of newer droids like the Droid DNA and we have a gist of what’s to come in the future. In the midst of all this, it’s easy to forget the Nexus 4, especially when its constantly out of stock.