You’ll say OMG for Brando’s MicroUSB OTG 4-port hub

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If you think Brando’s MicroUSB OTG 3-port hub with smartphone stand which I reviewed recently is cool, you’re going to flip over the MicroUSB OTG 4-port hub also from Brando. It has one more port so that you can connect an extra USB gadget to your Android powered smartphone. Imagine connecting a regular USB keyboard, a USB mouse and 2 USB flash memory drives to your Android device. Laptop? Who needs a laptop. That’s what OTG can do for you. In case you didn’t know, OTG stands for On-the-go and it’s a feature that is built in to devices that have version 3.1 or higher of the Android OS.

This new hub from Brando doesn’t have a built in stand like the one I reviewed, so you’re on your own to prop up your device, but at $11.00 (the 3-port is priced at $10), it’s a very useful gadget to keep in your gear bag. It even comes with an adapter so you can plug it into your computer and use it as a hub there as well. I guess I should have waited a little while before buying 2 extras of the 3-port hub. Now I want a 4-port just because 4 is obviously better than 3. 🙂

24 thoughts on “You’ll say OMG for Brando’s MicroUSB OTG 4-port hub”

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  2. Passing Stranger

    Firstly, OTG is supported by Android versions prior to 3.1, perhaps you meant 2.1?
    Secondly, no stand. Silly idea.
    Thirdly cables delivering multiple USB Host ports via OTG have been around for at least two and a half years, I got one for ~€3 with my first tablet. It supported USB mini and micro for OTG connection also, unlike Brando’s device.

    As for power, OTG supports 0.5A current draw at most however most host devices further limit draw.

  3. So would these make it so you can add storage with flash drives to a Nexus? My husband eyes the new Nexus but without the expandable storage slot, its a no go.

    If you have a flash drive plugged into your android device, can you watch movies from the flash drive?

  4. @Ryan Chapman The answer is a qualified “yes”, meaning you might need an app to do it. On the old Nexus 7, the stock OS didn’t recognize USB drives even though the hardware supports them just fine — the new one may or may not have fixed that. There are three ways around this:

    – Use an app like Nexus Media Importer ($3.99) to stream movies and photos off the external drive. This is the simplest solution for a non-technical user since it doesn’t require root, and lets you do the most common thing you are likely to want to do (watch movies).

    – Root the device and use an app like StickMount or USB OTG Helper (both free) to mount the drive when you plug it in. This makes it appear in the filesystem somewhere so you can just browse to the drive in a file manager or use whatever app you feel like to open files off of it.

    – Replace the stock OS with a custom ROM like CyanogenMod that mounts the drive automatically like the apps above. Obviously this is a pretty drastic thing to do just to use a flash drive, but if you were planning to do it anyway it will incidentally fix this issue.

    In other words, yes you will be able to play movies from the drive but it may require some extra work to do. (Keyboards, mice, xbox360 controllers etc. just work when you plug them in FYI.)

    1. @Rob With your last comment, you have me wondering about my own setup on my SGS3. I have a custom ROM (Carbon), but I also installed StickMount. I’m wondering now if I even need it. I think that Carbon is based off of CyanogenMod.

  5. @Julie Yeah a lot of the custom ROMs, as well as manufacturer stock ROMs from Samsung and others, automount USB storage without an app. Try uninstalling StickMount and see what happens.

  6. Thinking about it some more, i guess it should work with anything that only need 0.1A (i think that is the minimum a USB device can request). The hub itself likely draws 0.1, leaving 0.4 to the shared among the ports. A HDD may even work, if it has an external power source.

    As for the Nexus series and external storage, i suspect the issue there is legal rather than technical. Microsoft have browbeaten just about every major OEM of Android phones into paying a FAT32 license. Google seems to refuse to do this for the Nexus range, and so leave out any support for SD or USB storage.

    In all honestly, Google should push for UDF to be made into a SD and HDD format and implement full support for it in Android.

  7. Thank you so much for this great breakthrough. Also I love the small USB keyboard, please could you tell me the make?


  8. Hi Julie, sorry for my bad english but… i have a question: How do I charge my phone?, if the hub is occupying my micro usb gs3 ? does de hub ave any dc port? thanks.

  9. I am trying to set up OTG with Nexus 7 (2013) using a keyboard and mouse. I am trying to avoid problems such as cables having loose connections. Any suggestions as to what I should use?

  10. can you go into more detail into why this hub can’t charge something like a Dell Venue Pro tablet if I connect the hub to it in the following manner? I want to plug the hub’s Micro-USB B male connector directly into the tablet’s Micro-USB B female port, and then connect the tablet’s AC/USB combo plug into a wall outlet and connect the other end of the tablet’s AC/USB cable (the one with the Micro-USB B male connector) to the Micro-USB B female port adapter that Brando includes with the hub so that the USB A-Type male connector end of the adapter is plugged into one of the hub’s four USB A-Type female ports – what do you think?

    1. @TabletFanz I had to read your description a dozen times before it finally made sense to me 🙂 Unfortunately, I can’t answer the question because I can’t seem to find that hub to try with my Nexus 7. My guess is that the hub isn’t designed to provide enough outgoing power to charge the tablet.

  11. hi,
    I just red that it would be a problem to charge your device from this hub. I wonder if it’s possible to use it with the laptop adapter to have at the same time a xbox controler and a micro usb \ hdmi adapter?

    It would be nice to play on big screen…

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