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

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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  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4460, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1750 mAh(8.33h 3G talk time)

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34 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1120; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

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

27. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

28. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 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.

2. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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

4. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

its only an issue if you use a mac. get rid of the mac, solve lots of problems. :)

8. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 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.

19. LewsTherin006

Posts: 140; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

11. The_Miz

Posts: 1496; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, such a funny hippocrit itroll.

14. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 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

21. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

34. aergern

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 17, 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. ;)

3. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

that sucks ! :S

5. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

6. Derekjeter

Posts: 1465; Member since: Oct 27, 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

7. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

Why there is never sd on nexus

31. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

9. jdrevolution

Posts: 87; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

10. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

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

12. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 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...

13. Vzw_employee

Posts: 42; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

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

15. 1eye4u

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

20. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

22. tacohunter

Posts: 408; Member since: Nov 06, 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.

16. warlockz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

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

17. beatsandmelody

Posts: 109; Member since: Nov 01, 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?

23. warlockz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Good question.....

24. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Getting a RAZR - end of discussion....

25. gotti88

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 06, 2011

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

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