Weapons for mass storage: How to use external storage with the Nexus 7 and other Androids
Editor’s Note: After we reviewed the Nexus 7 we were of the thought that one of it’s major negatives was the lack of storage. One of our reader’s, Basil Loupis, has an answer for the problem!
Way before Apple, Windows and DOS was an operating system called CPM. It was designed to operate with early computers with very, very limited in capacity and memory. I think that my first such device had a huge storage of about … (wait for it) … 12MB!
So CPM was designed for very efficient usage of available hardware and memory. It even included a primitive word processor and spreadsheet. The point I am making is that early developers knew how to write code with a very tiny footprint. As chips became faster and memory bigger and cheaper, developers become lazier and wrote longer (and I suspect) less memory efficient code.
Today’s computers are cheap and come with at least a 500GB hard disk and 4GB of RAM. The same cannot be said of smartphones and tablets. Speed and memory is expensive and prices are often double the price of a laptop. I cannot see why, but that’s another story!
Most of today’s smartphones and tablets come with a 16GB flash memory. For many of us this is not enough, especially if we need to store a couple of extra movies, more music, photos and even business documents. It costs hundreds of dollars to upgrade to say a 32GB or 64GB device.
Well, I solved the problem for less than $40.
THIS IS HOW
- Buy an OTG (on the go) cable. I has a micro ‘male’ USB on one end and a full ‘female’ USB on the other end. Amazon sells them for $1, but I bought mine on eBay for $3.50 including postage!
- From the Play Store get the app ‘Nexus Media Importer.’ The app description has excellent and easy to understand instructions. Don’t worry about the name, it will work on most devices with Android 3.1 or higher. It reads USB flash drives, SD cards and even my camera. No rooting required!
- Your tablet will now read and play everything stored in your external memory, but unfortunately it will not write into it.