The whole point of a smartphone is that you don’t need a ton of peripherals to use it. But if you’ve ever wanted to plug a USB keyboard, webcam, or external monitor into your phone, it looks like there’s hope. And no, I’m not talking about Bluetooth accessories made for phones. I’m talking about full fledged computer peripherals.

Sven Killig figured out how to add USB host support to a Google Nexus One smartphone, although I imagine it should be possible with other Android handsets as well. In the video below, you can see what happens when he plugs in a USB keyboard, webcam, and monitor (using DisplayLink technology). At the risk of spoiling the surprise, they work.

via Engadget

Brad Linder

Brad Linder is editor of Liliputing and Mobiputing. He's been tinkering with mobile tech for decades and writing about it since...

2 replies on “Google Nexus One hack adds USB host for keyboards, webcams, more”

  1. Now we're talking.
    Image a HTC EVO type phone with the new dual core snapdragon being able to dock to keyboard, mouse, lcd, etc. . . you have your mini computer that pulls out to be your mobile computer–who needs a notebook ;)

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