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Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by SerenityNetworks, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. SerenityNetworks

    Thread Starter

    I'd like to confirm my understanding regarding USB Peripherals.

    I was intending to post a question on connecting USP Peripherals to my Motorola Droid; things like printers, webcams, keyboards, hard drives, etc.

    I searched and found this post on USB Host that I interpret as 'it is not currently possible'. Or am I wrong and someone has developed a USB Host application that allows connecting USB peripherals?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. wmtoandroid

    wmtoandroid Well-Known Member

    The problem I see is that peripheral manufacturers have to be on board with the idea as well to develop drivers to work with Android.

    Even when running a major os like Windows, you still need drivers for printers, scanners, etc. to work and I don't see this happening for android anytime soon.
  3. SerenityNetworks

    Thread Starter

    I would have thought as Android is a trimmed version of Linux that all the Linux drivers out there would work with Android. But then again, I'm not a developer.

    Isn't there anything in the way of external peripheral support that has been developed for Android?
  4. wmtoandroid

    wmtoandroid Well-Known Member

    Including "computer peripheral" drivers would inflate the size of Android considerably. That wouldn't be a good idea in order to accommodate a very small user base.
  5. SerenityNetworks

    Thread Starter

    I guess it must be more involved than I'm aware, else someone would be doing it.

    But that still leaves my basic question; are there peripherals available? Maybe I'm missing it, but I'm not even seeing external keyboards available. Even my ancient Palm and Windows CE PDAs supported external keyboards. A decent external keyboard would allow me to use my Droid on planes in place of digging out the laptop.
  6. wmtoandroid

    wmtoandroid Well-Known Member

    As far as I'm aware, you should be able to find bluetooth peripherals designed for small devices, and those may have Android drivers (perhaps only for specific phone models though).
  7. SerenityNetworks

    Thread Starter

    I did find this post regarding using USB peripherals with the Droid. I probably won't have the time to pursue it anytime soon, but it looks promising. Who knows, I might even be able to hook up a web cam and use Skype for video chats.

    I also found this advertisement for a BT keyboard. It seems to be a modern out-of-box solution, versus hacks to use obsolete keyboards.
  8. wmtoandroid

    wmtoandroid Well-Known Member

    I would always go with a commercial solution from a reputable company vs. a hack if you require a reliable option.

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