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Windows Phone 8 might support mass storage mode, Zune sync begone

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Windows Phone 8 might support mass storage mode, Zune sync begone
One of the user-friendly features of Android and Symbian devices is that they support mass storage mode, i.e. you just plug the device into your computer and can transfer any file back and forth just like you would with a card reader.

Now WPDang, the perennial Microsoft plans leaker, claims that this feature will be available with Windows Phone 8 as well. When announcing the newest version of its mobile OS, Microsoft only said it will support removable microSD cards, where you can keep your photos, videos, music and install apps.

The way Windows Phone 8 will manage the mass storage mode is that it will apparently create separate music, video, photos and so on folders for your multimedia and apps, and when connected to a computer and its drivers installed, the new WP8 phones will let you just drag and drop files there, rather than relying on the Zune software. 

Certainly a welcome change, if it holds water, yet somehow we doubt you will be able to just drop a .xap file in any of these folders and sideload apps from there. There are a few more developer events until the first phones with Windows Phone 8 hit the market, where we could eventually learn more about this newfangled mass storage mode.

source: WPDang (translated)

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posted on 16 Jul 2012, 04:45 13

1. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


it would be like a blessing.
mass storage, usb otg, fm transmitter and other Nokia's goodies.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 05:09 7

4. dickwyn (Posts: 595; Member since: 07 May 2012)


Hope it will support Nokia suite an PC suite

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 05:29 11

6. kunyuk (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


And Bluetooth file exchange

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 04:46 10

2. tedkord (Posts: 4934; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This is a move in the right direction. WP's biggest problem is they've been emulating all of the bad aspects of iOS.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 08:44 3

13. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


That's what makes a phone secure and reliable. quality control. I can't agree with bad aspect because Apple makes more money than google will ever on the "1" iPhone. Frankly the mass consumers don't give a shit about IOS aspects. They just hunger for the iphobe.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 11:09

15. tedkord (Posts: 4934; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Apple has much higher margins. Android sells a ton more phones. And, Android haspects been okayed for military and government use based onday stability and security. IOS has not.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 17:54

19. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Apple making more money with that 1 phone doesnt mean the iPhone doesn't have what some consider cons.

Non removable storage is considered a con by some ppl. Even in Android land....you will see posts about ppl not liking X or Y Android phone because of non removable storage.

Because we all have preferences....everything will have a pro n con. Yes, even the iPhone has cons.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 17:51

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


My problem with the storage setup the way it is now on WP...its like a hybrid of iOS, the old Win Mo/Android.

I feel MS shoulda just chose one firm direction they wanted to go in from the beginning. Now it seems like they are.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 05:07 6

3. greatGreekGeek (unregistered)


wp8 is going to be an experience i suppose...lots of eye candy plus some seriously handy features...people might actually want to switch over to wp8 coz they'd get all the features they've been used to(plus some new ones) along with a beautiful UI.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 05:13 4

5. tedkord (Posts: 4934; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Metro? Beautiful? To me, its the ugliest UI in the market.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:11 5

9. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


lol. ugliest? it's one of the best. Why? It doesn't follow the usual UI of the smartphones.

Some people really need to know that if something doesn't follow a conventional look, doesn't really mean it's ugly.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 11:05

14. tedkord (Posts: 4934; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I didn't say it was ugly because its was different. I said its was ugly because its ugly.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 06:07 7

7. AndrewRamirez (Posts: 26; Member since: 24 Apr 2012)


THINGS THAT'LL MAKE ME CONSIDER TO BUY A WINDOWS PHONE 8:

- Support for MicroSD card---> mass storage mode; non-reliance to Zune
- Bluetooth File Transfer
- Further improvement of the Marketplace (like what most wise people said,"QUALITY is ALWAYS BETTER than QUANTITY."

that's all folks! :)

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 06:33 1

8. kunyuk (Posts: 56; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


And TV out and don't forget compatible with phonejoy for gaming

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:23 1

10. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Unbanned just in time.
YES, I'd love to see this on a WP8 device. The one thing WP8 lacked in my mind (other than being open source) is here!
Wow, Microsoft is doing a good job.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:23 1

11. fongy (Posts: 41; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)


for me, it's all about the drag and drop aspect... so if it's true, they're one step closer to another customer... ;)

but more importantly for me...

basic customisation - i.e. using own mp3s as ringtones, separate volumes for media / alarm, etc.

one notification centre - like android's dropdown feature

until they address these (very) basic standards - I'm out...

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 07:26

12. WinC76 (Posts: 55; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


That would be good. It's the reason why I like Android a lot. If WP8 gets it, WP8 might become a favourable platform for me.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 11:55 1

16. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 860; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


As long as we will still have the ability to seamlessly sync music, photos, and videos through a Zune type software that's just as fast and also allows for automatic syncs like Zune, this is a great move. That's one thing that Nokia couldn't get right with Nokia Suite. It's just too slow.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 12:37 1

17. Jyakotu (Posts: 821; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


If it'll make consumers more interested in the platform, then Microsoft should include this feature. I want Windows Phone to be a 3rd major player in the mobile phone OS game.

posted on 16 Jul 2012, 19:29 1

20. andyboi_ph (Posts: 101; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


finally MS makes sense on WP8, expandable memory means its not a closed ecosystem anymore. Users can easily modify their media files to their heart's content without relying on Zune software. A welcome change indeed!

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