USB Host Hack Allows Keyboards, Flash Drives To Connect To The Nexus One

Most smartphones have USB connectors made for mounting the phone as a device. Android hacker Sven Killig has figured out a way to turn the Nexus One into a USB host and turn it around, mounting other devices to the phone instead.

This hack should let you use your phone with pretty much any USB device, like a keyboard, flash drive, webcam and even an external monitor. Getting it in host mode involves quite a bit of command line work and manual kernel patching, but if you've got a Nexus One on hand and you're pretty experienced in such things, it could make your phone a lot more useful.

The hack was done on Android 2.2, though Killig notes it should work on 2.1 as well. While we expect this method could be used as a springboard for similar hacks on other Android phones, it would probably take someone with a bit of knowledge to figure it out — the specific patches look like they're phone-specific, so you probably couldn't follow the same instructions with another smartphone. Check out the above video to see it in action, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Nexus One USB Host Driver [via Make]


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    This what I want to have as a general purpose, web-browsing PC.

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