Nokia N8 has USB OTG, reads from USB flash drive and more


Dank meme lord
Oct 31, 2007

USB On-The-Go is a relatively unknown feature on mobile phones despite its obvious advantages. Watch how some lucky dude connects a USB flash drive and even a Nokia C5 to the N8 and plays some tracks from both.

USB On-The-Go has been a relatively unpopular feature on mobile phones. You've probably never seen it in use even though there are already a handful of phones supporting it.

Usually, phones connect to computers and if they support Mass Storage mode, the computer will see them as a regular flash drives.

Some phones can take the role of the computer - so you can plug in, say, a USB flash drive and view and copy the files off/to it, or even connect a second phone in mass storage mode. Check out the video to see the Nokia N8 subjugate its less advanced Nokia C5 sibling and a USB memory stick.

USB On-The-Go can do other cool stuff - for example, the Nokia N810 tablet can use USB On-The-Go to connect an ordinary PC keyboard and even an external USB hard disk. Whether or not the Nokia N8 can do any of these tricks remains to be seen though.

USB On-The-Go sounds like a cool feature, often eliminating the need for a computer to act as a middleman to copy files between such devices, but it hasn't caught on. Still, we can't wait to get our hands on a Nokia N8 and see what kind USB gadgets we can get it to work with.

For those of you worried about the Symbian aspect of the N8, turns out the open source Symbian^3 OS is very smooth and fluid - as initially promised :

It has also not bloated or lost is superior efficiency, the N8 does all that on a 680Mhz CPU.


Aug 6, 2010
A quick update for everyone - we have just opened the Online Pre-Orders for the Nokia N8 with the guys from OnlineStuff - you can find the story here The wait is almost over!