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Why Google wants to kill SD cards, and what's holding them back

0. phoneArena 22 Nov 2011, 15:30 posted on

Many have been curious as to why Google has left out SD card slots in the last 3 flagship devices, and while we don't have the official answer, we have a pretty educated guess...

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posted on 23 Nov 2011, 01:41 1

45. Rotate (Posts: 26; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


i heard quite a lot of bad things about iTunes backup when upgrading to iOS5... lot of people lost their stuff, because of iTunes disconnecting and etc...

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 02:07 1

46. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


5GB is really easy to fill. Have fun buying more space.

If you don't use the 5GB doesn't mean others won't go over it as well. I like the idea of a completely free cloud service or I'll even settle with a small fee for unlimited storage.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 02:11 1

47. Scuba_Steve (Posts: 79; Member since: 16 Oct 2011)


I like to see the "Cloud" services as a back up option. If you lose your phone you can't really save your sd card.

I also don't like a cloud service being my only option if I have to save something last minute. *This is only for a 16GB phone. I would be fine with a 32GB phone. Even then, I'd still like to have a 2-4GB for back up.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 02:20

48. fredje (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Google music should be very nice, if only it would be available outside the US.
It's like everything in the world turns around the US. There are other countries too!!

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 02:22

49. fredje (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Google music would be nice, if only it would be available outside the US.
It's like everything in the world turns around the US, there are other countries too!

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 03:54 2

50. harsh_732006 (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


these days the games from gameloft are usually taking around 1gb of internal space..so we really need the external memory

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 10:09 1

58. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 791; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


There will always be a need for microSD cards in phones. Even with all these new cloud storage solutions, people seem to be forgetting the simple fact that even if you have 25GB of cloud storage with your Windows Phone, your data plan on AT&T maxes out at 4GB. So if you can't fit your whole music collection on your phone because Microsoft won't provide enough storage from the get go, and/or the ability to expand that storage via microSD, you're left with putting almost all of it on your Sky Drive, which in turn requires that you stream it from there every time you want to listen to your music, which not only requires a high speed data connection, but also eats into your data allowance for the month. Watching a movie would be even more data consuming. Unless this is some monster conspiracy between some manufacturers and carriers to force consumers to pay more, which would be epic, microSD expansion is not going to go anywhere, even if most users don't need it.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 10:38

60. ericsorensen (Posts: 44; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


Thanks for that essay. Very well done.

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 13:20

65. dallas90733 (Posts: 35; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)


Google,Google,Google.....You have a great product and a large fan base, don't blow it by removing the MicroSD slot...

posted on 23 Nov 2011, 21:52

66. cyberstoic (Posts: 1; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


SD Cards allow me to decide what content I want to put on the cloud and what is personal. SD cards allow me to easily back up content to computer. SD Cards allow me to keep my HUGE music library with me without using data. SD Cards allow me to load custom roms, which is WHY I ACTUALLY STAY WITH ANDROID. A lack of an SD card is why I am still on my nexus one and have not moved to nexus s and will not move to galaxy nexus. Google is free to do what it wants, but then, so am I. Perhaps I will wait for the next HTC with ICS that hopefully will have an SD Card.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 02:08

67. speckledapple (Posts: 877; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


(And, before you all start crying, please remember that many of you in our readership are not the "majority of users". You are mostly advanced users with unique requirements, and there will always be manufacturers catering to you. )

That is a great statement. And its true because most of us are leaning towards the more advanced. The issue I have always had with SD cards is that moving data can be cumbersome, similar to how there are so many different ways to stream files from here to there but few very effective ways to do it without hacking. I would not mind moving from a system where I must depend on a card to just using what is there. I think a healthy 16 to 32gb is a great mix of space. At the same time though it is important for other things to then become more efficient (the OS, the apps, etc).

I think in the next few years as the cloud becomes much more integrated in our lives, we should see some improvements on all fronts indeed. Goodbye to SD Storage.

posted on 26 Nov 2011, 10:25

68. DerekMorr (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


This would be much more feasible if Android developers adopted the Data Backup API -http://developer.android.com/guide/topics/data/backup.html. As it it, there's no easy way to migrate settings from one device to another.

posted on 06 Jan 2012, 00:48

69. trev186 (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Cloud storage is BS

I am using an SDXC card for 64 GBs in my SGS2. It also worked in my nexus one

Checkout Sandisk they sell them direct on their site.

I keep all my apps on internal storage and have my SD card filled weith movies and music and whatever.

Cloud storage does you know good on an airplane for 9 hours.

Addtionally SDXC has the potential to go up to 2 TBs

Imagine that That is huge

Do you want to have to wait until a phone maker comes out with a phone with internal storage of 2 TBs or just shove the SDXC card straight in your phone.

Also if the phone's screen breaks it is a pain to get to the internal storage and take out all 16 GBs of stuff you have there

I would rather have internal and SD cards. I will not buy a phone without one.

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 21:13

80. SteelRat (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


My thoughts exactly.

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 06:47

73. dr.sosua (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


dear google i and my army will never buy a phone ever again without sd slot

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 06:49

74. dr.sosua (Posts: 3; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


somebody pease tell me if the new galay nexus google phone has an sd card buried inside

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 19:13

76. lyndon420 (Posts: 1641; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


First learn english...then worry about sd card.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 19:14

77. lyndon420 (Posts: 1641; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I'm pretty sure if you google it, you will find your answer.

posted on 12 Jul 2012, 19:43

78. lyndon420 (Posts: 1641; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


I used to be big on demanding an external sd card, but I never filled the darn things up when I had them in my htc Dream, Magic and Dell Streak. I still can only listen to one song at a time (when I'm not listening to the radio) so having a huge library of music on my phone isn't a huge priority to me anymore since I don't have music piped to my head 24/7. The car stereo has Bluetooth and everyone in my family has their own Android phones with their own libraries of favorite music, so those long drives aren't an issue music wise. Out of all the available apps, only a handful are used on a daily basis, so having a ton of apps on my phone is not practical. I love my new HTC One X despite the lack of an external card. Anybody experience formatting problems when taking a used sd card from one phone and putting it into a different brand of phone?

posted on 28 Sep 2012, 21:11 1

79. SteelRat (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)


I'm a little late to this discussion (ok a LOT late), but it REALLY irks me that newer devices aren't equipped with SD card slots.

Cloud storage is all well and good, but it's slow. It's a bottleneck. And as others have pointed out, not everyone lives in perfect coverage areas. I live right on the edge of my TMobile coverage area. Fortunately I can connect via wifi with my phone, but if I'm out in my yard, I may not have coverage. There are a lot of areas like that where I live.

Cloud storage may be nifty in the future, when phone broadband is as fast as accessing RAM, but that is a LONG way away.

posted on 14 Apr 2013, 03:42

81. Snarky1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Apr 2013)


Google already reads my mail, sniffs for wifi signals when driving doing street views. I prefer my info on my media, not their cloud which may not be accessable just when I need it. i was choosing between two 7" tablets, the google nexus by Asus & a Samsung 2.
I bought the Samsung.
Two things made my choice-no external memory on the nexus & poor Asus service on two items, a certain motherboard (striker3 I think) fought as it was deemed fine but after 3 new boards I forced to the next model up.
The other a issue with a new TF 101 tablet that is going back a second time. I asked if it was even reset they looked it up and said yes-not! It still had info on it & it had no sd card.

posted on 14 Jan 2014, 16:45

82. Solun (Posts: 4; Member since: 18 Nov 2013)


Great article, well written and explained me some stuff that I didn't understand before. Thanks!!

posted on 06 Feb 2014, 02:58

83. bobouistic (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 Feb 2014)


Even if cloud was possible for me i would rather have my 32 Gig or 64 Gig card storing photos and such, i really hate iphone for the whole sync and itunes business, plus when im stuck in traffic i like quickly popping out my laptop copying a file to the card and watching from there, im on note 2 and even with the OTG cable i dont want to use my phone with a flash disk hanging on the side. I hope google dont start that trend and i dont want to always pay for storage plus killing my battery always online accessing a file that can just lie in my mem card. I have experienced these force closes though so i dont know whats going on there.

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 17:18

84. flipper88888888 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)


Everyone here, on your android's, get es file manager on the play store, on the left side option bar, press on tools, app manager, press and hold on an icon of an app, press backup, then go to the file backups, apps press and hold on icons, copy/cut and paste the backup of the app any where, including the backup on an sdcard, VERY USEFUL, GOOGLE IS STUPID FOR GETTING RID OF SDCARDS!

posted on 23 Mar 2014, 17:19

85. flipper88888888 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Mar 2014)


For more help, email me at nanographical@gmail.com for ANY questions needing an answer.

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