Samsung's Android 9 Pie update may also bring adoptable storage
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Adoptable Storage is a feature that has been available on most Android devices since the introduction of version 6.0 Marshmallow back in 2015. It allows users to use microSD cards as additional storage for apps, rather than just external storage for media and documents.
For some reason, Samsung never adopted this feature, despite the benefits it offers low-end users. As spotted by SamMobile, though, a post on the forums of XDA Developers has revealed that the feature may soon make its way to Galaxy-branded smartphones.
More specifically, the Android 9 Pie update for the Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9 will enable the feature for users. It was found in the software’s leaked builds but doesn’t work perfectly at the moment – it crashes when the used storage reaches 40%. Nevertheless, with the beta program for this software just around the corner, users should soon be able to take advantage of it.
As Samsung begins rolling out the latest Android build to more devices next year, older smartphones will presumably benefit from it as well. Considering the amount of built-in storage present in Samsung’s current devices, though, it will be users of entry-level devices such as the Galaxy J2 Core that benefit the most from this change.