Earlier today we came to notice a simple yet powerful change to the Nexus 4’s online manual. It looks like Google has stealthily changed some of the parts of the manual and removed parts about the Nexus 4 USB connectivity with accessories like keyboards and mice.. Previously the online manual stated that the users can connect mice and keyboards etc. via an adapter if they want. Now it reads along these lines:
“You can connect a keyboard, mouse, or even a joystick or other input device to your phone via Bluetooth and use it just as you would with a PC. USB is not supported for connecting such devices”
What does this mean for a common user? Practically nothing. Usually not many people are keen to attach clunky keyboards and mice with their smartphones, they might be inclined to attach the phone to their TV to watch some photos but that’s it. But there are many power users out there who want to play video games or want to ability to type a bit faster than the stock keyboard. Those users can easily bypass the hurdle by using Bluetooth enabled devices. The real problem arises when someone wants to attach their flash drive with the phone. With the USB OTG (On the Go) disabled the users who were looking forward to supplement the smartphone’s memory by attaching an external data storage will have a hard time.
Another point to be noted is that the device is already offering limited storage, for some the on board 8/16 GB might be enough but for many Android users, it just won’t do. With no microSD slot available for further memory expansion many users would have wanted to attach their flash drives to watch movies or TV shows. All may not just yet be lost though; the problem might be on the software end. That can be rectified via a simple SW update from Google. But if the smartphone does not have the ability to power the USB devices, then we are out of luck. We will keep you posted on further developments.