USB On-The-Go is a not such a popular feature on a mobile phone although it has myriad of advantages which we’ll mention here. I bet you may not have seen it in use in the Real World despite the fact that a few devices in the market can actually support it. You see, usually phones connect to Computers through a USB dongle and if they support USB mass storage, the computer can then view the phones as regular flash drives.
Now, some phones – the Nokia N8 inclusive – can take the role of the Computer and you can then plug in a USB Flash Drive to the phone and view, copy, paste or delete files in the Flash drive without the need of a computer. This doesn’t end there; you could also connect a second phone to the Nokia N8 via the phone’s USB mass storage settings and your N8 shall also see it as a Flsah drive to view its files and folder structure. Just watch the video.
In the video the Nokia N8 is used to play music and video from a USB memory card and the Nokia C5.
USB On-The-Go is a real killer feature. It removes the need for a computer to act as a middleman to copy files between devices. Other features that may be a possibility for USB On-The-Go includes connecting an ordinary PC keyboard or an external USB hard drive to your N8. If these are true then the possibilities are endless. And of course, I can’t wait for the N8 to come so I will purchase one!
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