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Windows Phone 8 coming with microSD card support

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Windows Phone 8 coming with microSD card support
Windows Phone 8 - yes, that’s what Windows Phone will evolve into after the Apollo update - is expected to come with plenty of new features, but probably one of the biggest novelties that went a little bit under the radar, is its support for microSD cards. Apart from multi-core processors and new screen resolutions which were expected, the support for expandable memory is a pleasant surprise.

This would mean that you can not only have more memory on your handset, but have a really quick and efficient way to transfer music and pictures between your phone and computer. Currently, you’d need to go through Zune or resort to fancy stunts as uploading or emailing pictures only to get them on your computer, and it’s even tougher to transfer your music without Zune.

Currently, that’s one of the features that makes Android stand out in what Microsoft wants to see as a “three-horse race” between iOS, Android and Windows Phone. And Google’s platform stands out with how easy it is to transfer files between devices without being locked in a particular piece of software like iTunes or Zune.

Now, how do you personally feel about having to deal with your phone via iTunes and Zune? Is that an easy way to exchange files between devices, or is the traditional drag and drop easier?

source: PocketNow

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posted on 03 Feb 2012, 07:26 9

1. mambocream (Posts: 27; Member since: 10 Jun 2011)


I love my Samsung Focus, but this has got to be one of the only things that is a downside to using WP7. It looks like MS is going to make a great OS even better.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 21:57

18. snowgator (Posts: 3237; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


And it is a surprise for sure, mambocream. (Fun screen name, by the way!!) I had heard not a hint of memory card support. Matter of a fact, I believe a site called Windows Sauce had a very good explanation on why WP would never allow it, as it introduced all kinds of freezes and problems if you needed to remove the card. If I were to take a shot in the dark, I bet the use of the same kernal as the Windows 8 version on the PC may have solved some of those problems. I think this is all shades of great!!!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 07:28 1

2. ChrisTheTechGuy (Posts: 84; Member since: 04 Nov 2010)


or you could just set up the wireless sync to your computer once...or use the skydrive and windows live accounts to not depend on Zune....WP7 doesn't really depend on the software, except for updates.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:00 4

6. Victor.H (Posts: 443; Member since: 27 May 2011)


So what happens if you use Mac or - God forbid - Linux?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 16:25 1

15. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)


Microsoft will laugh at you, then ask why you didn't get Windows

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 07:35 7

3. MickDM (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


so...basically, android & wp8 will have expandable memory and iOS will not... nice downplay on that one... ijs :)

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 11:29

21. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)


Wrong Android is killing their removable SD cards.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 07:43 4

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


That's an amazingly great news. Now i know when there will be a true WP to buy.
Next year!
Gotta wait so long...

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 07:56 2

5. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Those balding, middle-aged, beer-bellied bozos at Microsoft should all be fired.
I had the FIRST Windows Mobile smartphones in the earlier part of the last decade starting with the Audiovox Thera 2032; then, the Audiovox XV6600; and, just for fun I bought a Samsung i700. The latter one I successfully upgraded from Windows Mobile 2002 to Windows Mobile 2003. The former already had Windows Mobile 2003. Ironically, my old Audiovox Thera 2032 had a full HTML browser and both the XV6800 and XV6850 (as well as the XV6900) had watered down mobile browsers. So many other features were removed from Windows Mobile with WM6.5 and WM7 (yes, I insist it is still 'Windows Mobile 7' that the OS completely devolved from it's earlier efficient version. Microsoft engineers (and, CEO's too) progressively peeled away the capabilities and funtionality of its' own OS. And, finally, they took away external memory functionality. Now they're crying we want users back. I say, if you want to improve the performance of your stock then go buy your own phones and self-invest; I'm not giving you one more dollar (for that pathetic attempt at a mobile OS).

And, YES, "drag and drop" is way better than "looney toonz"; external and swappable memory gets my American dollars!

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 11:05 1

10. aphrophyre (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


The reason why drag & drop is not the ideal method for transferring files is because it then puts a strain on the device itself for deliniating and sorting metadata that is needed for files to be recognizable on the device.

Having a desktop client like Zune or iTunes takes care of this for you, so that when you push files to the device, they are there, sorted, and it doesn't have a negative impact on the operation of the device as it has to manually crunch this data after transfer. You see a lot of complaints from android users about lag or long boot times, because all of this is done while the OS boots and launches. That "preparing SD Card" message is in direct link to having a lack of Synced data transfer.

The overhead becomes a problem when you constantly move files back & forth, and thats why devices are moving to cloud storage instead of SD cards or desktop clients, because this data arrangement can be done in the cloud on very powerful machines.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 11:23 2

11. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


How much did MiCroslush and Apple pay you for that nonsense. And, more importantly, you're gullible enough to believe it. All OS's have boot time; it's part of the, GUESS WHAT, boot process. I've had iPhones that have taken longer to boot than my RAZR™ or any of my old Windows phones.
You're basic flip phone (with or without external memory) has a delayed boot process. So, EiNsteiN, what happens when you want to retrieve content from your cloud and you have NO network connection? Do you use iWiFi; what if there's no iWiFi (guess you can't Cloud connect or FaceChat™)....?

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 12:59

13. aphrophyre (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)


I think your missing the some of the point. Cloud storage isn't a be all end all solution obviously because cellular/wireless connectivity isn't garuanteed.
And sure there are other reasons for the disparity of length of boot time, but my point wasnt about the boot time, its about the preparation of the file system after boot where their system is bogged down and perceived "laggy" which you dont incur on the iPhone or on Windows Phone.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 18:11

16. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 816; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


LOL someone is really butt hurt... probably screwed up his stocks portfolio, and now that MSFT is on the rise he is kicking himself.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 08:09 3

7. mercorp (Posts: 972; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)


YES!!!!!!now if only there is flash....:(

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 09:07 2

8. fervid (Posts: 173; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I had a Quantum Windows Phone for almost a month. Loved having a keyboard (although it needed a few improvements) and it was a very durable phone that didn't crash or freeze. The IMAP email actually worked on it where it did not on previous Android phones...especially the Atrix 2. ATT never let it get the HSDPA it was capable of and even on fast WiFi the Netflix videos still looked blocky. I loved how it read text messages over my vehicle bluetooth and let me reply by talking. No true file system really killed it for me though. It wouldn't even do something simple like let me upload a picture through a web form! Zune being required for everything was really annoying too. It was almost 400MB of junk to download...half of which was useless and just downloaded the 2nd half. It also only worked on XP SP3 and Vista+, so all my systems with Win XP 64 bit and Linux were useless for it. Hopefully they make something cloud based and not tied to Win8 only like it is sounding so it will work on any platform.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 09:34 1

9. Victor.H (Posts: 443; Member since: 27 May 2011)


I obviously second that, but what really puzzles me is how non-techie users interact with all that software. Somehow, I feel they just don't, but maybe it's just me.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 11:52 3

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7118; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Wait... so all this time WP has gone without microSD cards? Holy s**t. That's a huge omission.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 05:38 1

19. RazaAsad (Posts: 100; Member since: 24 Nov 2011)


and it does not support BT file transfer like iOS.

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 12:54

22. jbash (Posts: 341; Member since: 07 Feb 2011)


not entirely. i believe the focus had a memory card. it had to be a windows approved micro sd card. plus once it was used it couldn't be used with any other device.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 13:55

14. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 861; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


The Zune software, once set up makes syncing your music, photos and videos so easy it's ridiculous. Did I mention it's lightning fast too? It's nothing compared to trying to use Moto's software to sync music to my XT860 or using Nokia Suite to sync music, photos and videos to/from my N8.

It sucks however for trying to sync a movie file over to it. I can drag and drop faster than it takes to do it through Zune.

If WP8 is designed in such a way that the microSD card will become one with the memory on the phone, as is the case with the Focus, and still keep syncing as flawless as it is, and still be removable and usable after that, it would be amazing.

posted on 03 Feb 2012, 18:13 2

17. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 816; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)


Windows Phone platform is moving higher and higher up. All I know is somewhere in Redmond, Charlie Sheen is running around yelling "WINNING!!!"

posted on 04 Feb 2012, 09:00

20. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1100; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


wow it looks like by the end of the year the Windows metro interface smart phone will be up to par at last with Android and Iphone smart phones this great news because dispite what Android and Iphone fans say there is a need for more choice in the smart phone market place and before the year is out microsoft smart phones will be good enough to buy with confidence because they have all the bells and whistles. Microsoft OEMs could sell 8 gig models by the end of 2012 that can be upgraded with a 32 gig micro sd card.an upgraded HTC radar or Nokia 710 with a front facing camera and Micro sd expansion capability would be an affordable way to get a smart phone

posted on 10 Feb 2012, 01:33

23. Bokisa333 (Posts: 9; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Windows 8 on Smartphones!

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