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How To Video: Use USB devices with Android

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How To Video: Use USB devices with Android

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If you've never heard of USB OTG, don't worry, Sharon Vaknin has you covered. Find out how you can connect USB devices, like flash drives and keyboards, to an increasing number of Android phones.

-- more Android devices are compatible with the little known technology called USB on the go or USB OTG. -- -- your phone or tablet into you must be closed and connect standard USB accessories like flash drives hard drives. Gaming controllers keyboards and more. By now are wondering how to -- you're supposed to connect a USB device like men as into a micro USB port like that. While the secret is -- two dollar USB OTG adapter. You can find it online at a place like Amazon for a few -- -- -- Like I mention though it's not compatible with every phone and tablet. And in some -- and only a handful of USB accessories will work with your phone. But the same galaxy S three -- -- OTG a doctor works and an impressive number of USB devices. Why I don't know few starting with the USB flash drive. When you plug a flash drive and the phone will immediately display the contents. From here you can play back or review any media you have on the drive. You can also move data from the USB drive to your runs as geek art by tapping and holding a file you wanna neo. Other storage devices including memory card readers will also work with -- doctor. So in theory you can shoot photos with your digital camera and quickly transfer them to your Android phone for editing and uploading. On an app like answer them. If you do a lot of typing on the go you'll be happy here that would be -- doctor you can connect -- key -- to your Android. -- and fire and no patent. And even start typing as usual. You can even -- short -- like control. But what really surprise me is that when you plug a mouse into the USB port even a wireless mouse pointer shows up on the screen. From there you can use the mouse just -- see what your finger. You can swipe their pages select icons and more. I can think of any practical applications for -- but it's pretty cool. Okay this is crazy and -- -- You can connect a PS3 controllers your -- and not only navigate interface like swipe through pages and apps. But you can also play games just plug controller into the USB port. And launch a game like supersonic. Not every game works at this so you'll have to do some testing to find out if -- -- fair game work. But in sonic for example I can use my PS3 controller anyway what does Sega controller running jumping all of actions work swiftly with this setup. From what they hear that Xbox controller works too but I haven't asked about yet. So those are just a few ways just two dollar cable can make your -- device a whole lot more useful and fun. Why is this is right other devices to -- USB -- found or need -- and midi keyboard for you musicians. And you discover an -- use and -- let me know on Twitter and check out my blog on how to dot cnet.com for the complete guide to the USB OTV adapter. For CNET I'm Sharon back. --
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