Motorola Droid Hack allows USB Host Mode


February 11, 2010

By now everybody knows that the Motorola Droid is running on Google Android OS, which in itself, is a linux variant. Linux, is of course, open source and provides a lot of potential for software hackers/hobbyist. This new hack for the Motorola Droid is not intended for the software, but for its hardware. Hacker Chris Paget figured out how to enable USB host mode on the Motorola Droid

What makes the USB host mode special is that it allows the Droid to act as the host computer to different peripherals plugged in via a USB port. Most smartphones and MP3 players, including the Droid, are designed to be passive devices and only act as peripherals when plugged into a host computer. But the USB On-The-Go (OTG) specification lets the Droid supply power and act as a bus controller.

How to do this hack? It’s a bit complicated that I doubt a lot of people would want to do this on their Droids. What you’ll need are a car charging cable, a Micro USB cable, and a USB extender cable. Once you’ve spliced, soldered, removed a resistor, and plugged the resulting FrankenCable to your phone, all you have to do is reboot and type one command into terminal to start having peripherals be recognized by your Droid.






 

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