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Galaxy Nexus can't do USB mass storage, but other 4.0 devices will

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Galaxy Nexus can't do USB mass storage, but other 4.0 devices will
This news isn't as terrible as it sounds, unless you are a Mac owner, in which case it's pretty annoying. It has been confirmed that the Galaxy Nexus doesn't support USB mass storage mode, although other Android 4.0 devices should.

The explanation comes from Android engineer Dan Morrill in a comment on a Reddit article, who says that the Galaxy Nexus doesn't support USB mass storage mode for the same reason that the Motorola XOOM didn't with Honeycomb: there's no expandable memory slot. Morrill says that devices with SD card slots will support USB mass storage. However, devices that only have internal storage like the Nexus or the XOOM will not.

As we mentioned though, this is really only an issue for Mac and Linux users because those platforms don't have native support for the standard media transfer protocol (MTP) used by the Galaxy Nexus. Windows users will be fine, but Mac users will need something like the Android File Transfer app in order to transfer files.

source: Dan Morrill via The Verge

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posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:32 2

1. tuminatr (Posts: 656; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


come on guys fix this one, makes me not want the gn

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 13:58

27. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


here's one thing I would recommend you to try. Switch off the phone and connect it to the laptop , I think it should enter into the usb mass storage mode. I haven't tried it yet but if your friends has one tell them to try it that way too.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 14:02 2

28. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


but it would be more better for android to make galaxy nexus support usb otg so that you could transfer files to nexus eventhough you have a mac or windows . thumbs up if you agree.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:33 1

2. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


okay that\'s it... i\'m not buying this anymore... the lack of SD slot was okay for me, but no mass storage mode makes this a no-go in my book... *waiting for SGS3*
i have the SII (European), and its good enough...its getting ICS anyways

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:39 13

4. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


its only an issue if you use a mac.

get rid of the mac, solve lots of problems. :)

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:56 2

8. Synack (Posts: 660; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


truth, but this is kind of ridiculous. im currently test driving the 4S because of Verizon's epic holiday return policy. I originally got it to tide me over to the GNexus but I kind of feel like I might just keep it. This phone keeps getting delayed and random downers keep getting announced, such as this. I love Android to death but I feel like I might get the iThing to tide me over until a super amazing Android comes out next year that'll stomp all over the Nexus. Funny how I've been holding out these past few months for the Nexus Prime > Droid Prime > GNex and now I'm almost sure that I'm sticking with the iPhone. I'll tell you one thing, I'm seriously unhappy that I can't change a lot of settings on the iPhone and ringtones?? Really? I have to jump through a million hoops just to get a damn custom ringtone. Peace.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:30 1

18. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Shouldn't be an issue reading/writing files:http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/11/18/impromptu-qa-session-with-android-engineer-dan-morrill-brings-to-light-reasons-behind-galaxy-nexus-lack-of-usb-mass-storage/

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:34 2

19. LewsTherin006 (Posts: 140; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


blame verizon. they keep delaying it because they released so many high end phone in a short time frame. i would just wait till the gnex comes out and test it out then.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:09 3

11. The_Miz (Posts: 1496; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


No just no. Perhaps Google and Samsung need to stop limiting features in the SGN.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 09:29

33. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, such a funny hippocrit itroll.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:14 2

14. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


@ Remix, i don\'t have a mac, never will... don\'t like their UI :P
but still... i don\'t think i\'m buying this... waiting for SGS3, or i might just go for a note, if it arrives quickly enough

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 13:11 1

21. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


now i have to disagree with you remix. Personally if i have the nexus i won't have a problem with this. But linux (ubuntu) and mac are great. you've probably never seen linux OS never closly enouph and in all it details.

posted on 17 Dec 2011, 03:26

34. aergern (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Dec 2011)


Change the mode from MTP to PTP (camera) and Linux IS juuuuuuuuuuust fine with mounting the phone as mass storage and puts a nice little camera icon which can be changed to a HD icon if it suits you. It will pop up a KDE or Gnome file manager window which shows the EXACT same directories as Windows Explorer would. I copied 22G of music and a bunch of other stuff to my Nexus today with just a drag and drop from one window to the next.

So it's just basically Mac users who are getting screwed by Google/Samsung. They COULD write a driver for MTP that works fine in OS X ... they choose not to. Just like Samsung's KIES program SUCKS butt on my MacbookPro for use with my Galaxy Tab 10.1 ... Samsung could fix this by writing drivers as they do for Windows and having decent sync software.

Would I give up my shiny new GN ... ABSOLUTELY not this phone KICKSASS .. microSD card or not. ;)

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:33 3

3. abdane (Posts: 474; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


that sucks ! :S

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:48 3

5. protozeloz (Posts: 5369; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


i think they are trying too hard to make the device computer free

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:51 3

6. Derekjeter (Posts: 189; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Ok this phone is just the worst launch in the history of Android. How is it possible that I can go from being the most wanted phone in November to the least wanted phone in December

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:54 1

7. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Why there is never sd on nexus

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 16:07 3

31. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2650; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The answer got bigger than I expected:
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Why-Google-wants-to-kill-SD-cards-and-whats-holding-them-back_id23986

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 11:58

9. jdrevolution (Posts: 87; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


That's not that big of an issue. All my android phones so far have attempted launching on my computer with the software anyways. And with all the crap I end up putting on my computer, one more isn't going to hurt.
Not the end of the world for the phone, but it would've been nice if they had found a way around this.
And plus, I don't have a mac :P I have a PC for the same reason I have an android, I like customizing my stuff and having variety.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:09 5

10. kshell1 (Posts: 1143; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


i just got an sgs2 epic touch from amazon so i dont really care :D

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:09

12. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


So... can you move non-media files back and forth between a PC and the GN using MTP? I'm not really familar with any of this stuff...

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:13

13. Vzw_employee (Posts: 42; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


I run Linux Gentoo on my dell XPS, I find this a cool way to show up my nerd side,

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:18 1

15. 1eye4u (Posts: 33; Member since: 17 Nov 2009)


Some of the MAIN reasons why I switched to Android from an iPhone:

1. expandable memory using SD cards
2. removable batteries.

Now these Android manufactures like Nexus & Droid Razr which were in my sights to replace my Droid Incredible have become no-goes are starting to take away these options and trying to prove iPhone correct. Might was well go back.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:50 1

20. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


Those were two of my three original reasons for switching as well, the third being the physical keyboard on my D1 which was when I switched over.

Since then, after using Android for the last two years there are many more reasons why I would never consider going back to iPhone.

My girlfriend's mom has an iPhone4 and she's not very "technologically inclined" so every time we see her she needs help with it. Whenever I use her phone i'm reminded of why I will never own an iPhone again... it's just too basic.

But then again i'm the type of person that likes to constantly tweak things and make changes just for the fun of it.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 13:21 2

22. tacohunter (Posts: 408; Member since: 06 Nov 2011)


Mhh wow that are a lot of reasons thought.

But at the start the iphone was just an ipod touch made a phone of it. Now I see more and more improvements, yes apple is slow at some things, other things they're ahead. I'm just eagerly waiting what the future of thechnology will be.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:27

16. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Cool and no sd card good now there is no chance getting a sd card read error.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 12:28 2

17. beatsandmelody (Posts: 109; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


Hold on, guys! At first, I was kind of freaking out too, because I need to cop Titanium Backup data to my SGN so I can restore various apps and their data (for example, game saves). Wikipedia kind of mentions MTP only being used for media, but read this Q&A with Dan Morrill:http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/11/18/impromptu-qa-session-with-android-engineer-dan-morrill-brings-to-light-reasons-behind-galaxy-nexus-lack-of-usb-mass-storage/

It kind of sounds like for Windows users, it will be no problem reading/writing to the storage on the phone from the PC. Thoughts?

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 13:22

23. warlockz (Posts: 156; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)


Good question.....

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 13:24

24. networkdood (Posts: 6252; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Getting a RAZR - end of discussion....

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 13:26 2

25. gotti88 (Posts: 101; Member since: 06 Jul 2011)


this is not to bad... thats just common electronics.....

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 13:55 1

26. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1555; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


yea me no want no more

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 14:29

29. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Samsung/Verizon would be smart to just release the dang phone before any more leaks get out. Even though this isnt a big deal, I dont think all the he say-she say, name changes and omitted feature are making this device look very desirable right now. Not to mention the GS3 and Quad core Exynos rumors cutting the legs right from under it. This defiantly will not be the techie's phone of choice now.

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 15:17

30. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)


DAMNIT ALL TO HELL!!! i got excited with the 32gb back... now I will be unable to use this phone the way I use mine to do my work.. I have 16 gigs filled on my sd with programs i use for computer servicing books for gaming (D&D) music and other docs that are a must have with me at all times. NOW i cant just plug my phone in and open up those programs as i normally would.. I enjoyed being able to boot from my phone on a dying laptop... I really dont want the rezound was a bit too heavy in the hand without the otterbox. the razr is nice but the locked bootloader on VZW is going to stop some of what i need.. looks like im stuck with my POS a little longer... GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!

anyone wanna donate an older android device that hits at least 800mhz with an unlocked bootloader? please

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 18:57 1

32. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


no problem at all. just launch it now

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