USB On the Go

How to use USB On-the-Go on BlackBerry 10

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The ability to access a USB drive on your BlackBerry 10 device was actually introduced when the BlackBerry Z30 was released. We haven’t yet taken a deeper look at it here on CrackBerry, so now that BlackBerry 10.2.1 is available with plenty more carriers pushing it out, it’s about time we had a look at using it.

USB on-the-go allows you to access a USB drive from your BlackBerry 10 device. It is only available for the BlackBerry Z30. You can also use USB peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse. We have seen videos of the BlackBerry Z30 being used to true mobile computing style and it really is a great feature.

USB On-The-Go support for the BlackBerry PlayBook coming post-launch (and more!)

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BlackBerry PlayBook

Excitement was building up as the Developer Relations team at RIM provided answers to the tough questions we developers had the chance to ask on Twitter. With the keyword #AskBBDev (Mike Kirkup and Alex Kinsella set out to satisfy developers' thirst for information. As one of these developers, I submitted a couple of questions too - twenty in fact - and one of them was given a prompt answer, which both you and I will definitely look forward to. I asked whether the BlackBerry PlayBook will support USB host capabilities, to which I received the following response: "USB Host support will not be available at launch. We are investigating adding this in a future release."

If the term ‘USB host' is not clear to you, in all simplicity it allows a device (most commonly a computer) to be connected to another device with both devices communicating with each other. For example, if you connect a digital camera to your computer, the camera itself becomes a slave, while your computer acts as the host. When connected like this, your computer (host) is able to access the pictures stored on your camera (slave). Two hosts can be connected to each other as well, as a host device will happily function as a slave, but the opposite is not true - one slave can not communicate with another slave (very tyrant, I know). As devices have become more advanced, however, it has become more common to incorporate host-like features to slave devices. This is also known as USB On-The-Go, which allows a typical slave device to function as a (limited) host.