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LG Nexus 4 Doesn’t Support USB On-The-Go Says Google


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.

Source: Google
Via: Talk Android


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  1. The N7 does support otg. Re-read the last few sentences of the first paragraph. Also I tried it and it works wonders.

  2. Nexus 7 also doesn’t support it. So no Nexus 7 to TV.
    Essentially it requires additional hardware and licence cost which would raise the cost of the device.
    Amazon Kindle Fire does support hdmi.

  3. This USB on the go feature you are talking about isn’t such a huge loss.

    Why the hell would I want to connect a USB mouse or keyboard to a smartphone anyway?

    Note, all the apple products which are sold at a premium have never included this feature. I would suggest google are pushing cloud storage so the non inclusion of micro sd or external storage makes sense.

    This phone is excellent value at the price google are selling it at when you compare it to other phones with similar specs. Plus it has the pure goggle software experience. No custom UI’s which not only means better performance but also you get immediate updates. Part of the reason why I want this device.

  4. I’m disappointed to find this out – lack of storage, internal or otherwise, on the N4 took me a while to get over, OTG support was a mitigating factor. Ultimately this is not a road-warrior device. It is a great, cheap phone that shows off the Android 4.x OS fantastically (I’ve been playing with it for a day now). When you look at the premium you pay for the Samsung devices unlocked and see how messed up that Samsung UI is compared to stock Nexus flavored Android, then you really, really have to want those features to pay another $200 to $300.

    I would happily pay another $50 to have OTG, micro SD support, and removable battery but Nexus 4 and probably any future N4 is unlikely to have it IMHO, it just makes devices more expensive.

    I think the only hope is for the “Nexus” brand to be extended beyond devices sold and designed by Google. I was under the impression this would be the case, but I haven’t seen any evidence of it. If that did happen there would be room for more variety than the every 18 months or so new Nexus phone from Google, we could have rugged phones, extended battery phones, super I/O featured phones (HDMI etc.), etc. but all running that lovely stock Android and no manufacturer or carrier specific “improvements”.

  5. Seriously… Google are pretty amazing.

    Get yourself a Nexus 7, tether it to your Nexus 4, and plug in your USB otg devices. Useful information, but for pity sake, don’t be such an idiot.

  6. I have a Nexus 4 on order. Been reading all the reviews everywhere while I waited. I agree with you, last weekend I went out and picked up a Galaxy S2 on my prepaid carrier (Boost/Sprint) and I love it. Removeable battery and removable SD card up to 32 GB. Great screen. Hotspot. All for $50 a month. I’m still gonna get the Nexus – and put the unopened box on ebay and make a few bucks. The Nexus 4 is sexy as hell, but “no removable battery” is a death wish for an android phone(they always have a lock up eventually) add to that that fragile breakable glass back and no SD card slot = buy a Samsung.

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