here are 3 practical uses for those

here are 3 practical uses for those

If you look inside the box your Galaxy S8 or LG G6 came in, you’ll find a thumb-sized thingamajig with a USB Type-C connector at one end and a full-sized USB port on the other. That’s a USB adapter. Its purpose – or at least the one Samsung and LG had in mind – is to let you plug your old handset directly into your new Galaxy S8 or LG G6 and transfer all your data. If you’re a geek, however, you surely know that the little USB gizmo holds greater potential.

USB On-The-Go is a feature of the USB standard allowing one USB device to have other USB devices connected to it – most often over a special USB On-The-Go cable, but also achievable using the adapters Samsung and LG are providing with their flagship phones. Both the Galaxy S8 and the LG G6 support this feature, and in the paragraphs below, we’ll explore three of the more practical ways of taking advantage of it.

1. Connecting a USB mouse, keyboard, or gaming pad

Yup – if you have a USB controller laying around, you can use it to play certain mobile games. There shouldn’t be much to set up, as Android would recognize the controller automatically when it is connected. You don’t need a controller to play Angry Birds, of course, but it could be suitable for racing, platformer, or first-person action/adventure titles. Keep in mind that not every mobile game will be compatible with gamepads.

Other USB input peripherals, including mouses and keyboards, can also be connected through the USB adapter. When a mouse is plugged in, a cursor appears on the screen and a left click acts as a tap. Pairing your smartphone with a USB keyboard could be a hip alternative to carrying…

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