Aug 23, 2012
Google Nexus 7 is a wonderful tablet and could be the best alternative to the iPad. But with lack of support for transferring files from external storage, you will be stuck with Nexus 7’s 8GB and 16GB configurations. This storage capacity of Nexus 7 is quite small that might reach its full capacity in just a matter of days. As a solution, one must be able to transfer files between your Nexus 7 device and an external storage that is directly connected via USB cable. This is possible using a Nexus 7 USB file transfer software tool. In my previous post, you have seen that you can transfer files via USB cable between a Nexus 7 and USB device. But this is possible only if you will use StickMount as a Nexus 7 USB file transfer tool that requires rooting your Nexus 7 device.
In this post you no longer have to root your Nexus 7 device that will somehow void its warranty. All you have to do is to install a Google Play app and make sure that you have a USB OTG (On-The-Go) cable ready. Using this app you can now transfer files like photos and movie files to your Nexus 7 connected to either a USB device or even SD Cards. What’s good about this app is that you can even stream your media files from your external devices straight to your Nexus 7. Please note that you can only stream media file types that are supported by Android without using any third party player.
The app is called Nexus Media Importer developed by HomeySoft. The SD Cards and USB drive that you will use should have been formatted as FAT (FAT16) or FAT 32. Also the attached external storage device was available as ‘read-only’ device. Yes, you cannot write or transfer files from your Nexus 7 to USB drives, flash drives or SD cards.
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By the way, this app can be installed on Android 3.2+ devices. You just need to test if it’s supported by installing the free Nexus Photo Viewer. See to it that you can browse your image files stored on your flash drive to make sure that your device is supported. This is needed so that you will not waste your money buying the Nexus Media Importer as a Nexus 7 USB file transfer tool that might not work with your Android phone.
Update: Sept. 18 2012 Alternatively, you can use Kingston Wi-Drive that allows you to stream content to your Android, iPad, iPhone and Kindle Fire device using Wi-Fi connectivity. Using the Wi-Drive, you don’t have to worry about increasing your device’s limited storage capacity.
For a step-by-step guide on how to use the app together with the USB OTG see the video below.
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