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

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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20 Comments

1. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

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

4. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

Hope it will support Nokia suite an PC suite

6. kunyuk

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

And Bluetooth file exchange

2. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

13. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

15. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

19. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

18. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

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.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

9. neutralguy

Posts: 1152; Member since: Apr 30, 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.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17298; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

7. AndrewRamirez

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 24, 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! :)

8. kunyuk

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

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

10. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

11. fongy

Posts: 41; Member since: Feb 09, 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...

12. WinC76 unregistered

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.

16. DontHateOnS60

Posts: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 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.

17. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

20. andyboi_ph

Posts: 101; Member since: Mar 26, 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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