Galaxy Nexus is latest & greatest device in the Android world from Samsung, and has generally got rave review from many experts. One thing you might have noticed, in case you bought this device is that you cant mount the USB stick/flash drives or external drives with the device! Although Google has advertised USB On-The-Go as one of the key features of the Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). And indeed there is support for this exciting feature underlying but for some reason Google has decided to disable this. There are some reports that Google will finally enable this feature in the next update (although we are not sure that if this means a major update or just minor near future update). We will have to wait and see on this.
In the mean time, if you can’t wait to use this super convenient feature just head-over to the Android Market and use a free tool called StickMount that adds the ability to mount the external storage such as flash drives without any problem. It has been developed by the well known XDA developer Chainfire that we have mentioned quite a few times in the past for his significant contributions to the Android community as a developer.
After StickMount is installed and you connect a USB stick with the USB host / OTG cable, the device will show you a popup if you want to open StickMount. It is advised to tell the device that you want to do this by default. Mass storage device is mounted to /sdcard/usbStorage/xxxx/ .
You can download the StickMount for Samsung Galaxy Nexus to get the USB host support for free from Android Market. Don’t forget that you will need a rooted Galaxy Nexus to get it working. You can follow our guide: Root Samsung Galaxy Nexus Using Odin and CF-Root Insecure Kernels [Step-by-step Guide]. You might also want to have a look at the related article: Samsung Galaxy Nexus Browser & GPU Performance Comparison to Samsung Galaxy SII (S2) and iPhone 4S.
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