Some of the best Android phones and tablets on the market don’t feature out-of-the-box support for removable storage. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard people say they’d pick up a Nexus phone or tablet if only it had a microSD card slot for extra storage.
Now the folks behind a Kickstarter campaign plan to offer a Mini MicroSD Reader designed to work with most Android phones and tablets.
Make a pledge of $12 or more, and the developers of the project hope to be able to ship you a Mini MicroSD Reader by July.
Basically it’s a tiny card reader that can handle SD cards, SDHC cards, and SDXC cards in capacities up to 64GB. It plus into the microUSB port on your phone or tablet and supports a range of devices… but not all Android devices.
For instance, the Google Nexus 4 smartphone isn’t expected to be supported anytime soon. On the other hand, plug it into most recent Samsung, Motorola, or HTC phones and it will work right away.
You can also use it on most other Nexus devices (such as the Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7, or Nexus 10 — but you’ll need to root your phone or tablet and use a third party app.
The Mini MicroSD Reader has even been confirmed to work with Amazon’s Kindle Fire — one of the most popular tablets that lacks an SD card reader. The only catch is that you’ll need to install a custom ROM on the Kindle Fire before you can use the tiny card reader.