Windows Phone 8.1 may require you to upgrade your microSD card, three column support limited

Windows Phone 8.1 may require you to upgrade your microSD card, three column support limited
We are only a few days away from seeing all that Windows Phone 8.1 will have to offer. There is enough going on with this particular update that you could make a good case that it should be referred to as Windows Phone 9, but that would not fit Microsoft’s motive to bring “one experience” across its mobile and traditional platforms, so 8.1 it is.

With these updates it is likely we will see the ability to install and run apps off a microSD card if the developer so chooses. To make that worthwhile however, Microsoft had to set some specific requirements for the use of memory cards in such fashion, most notably for speed.

The minimum level of support for Windows Phone 8.1 will be Class 6 SDHC, but the recommended storage is Class 10 SDHC. If you have an older card you have managed to keep working for the past few years, Class 4 and below will not be supported.

Naturally, Windows Phone 8.1 will have the ability to detect and determine if your card will work or not. If the card is fast enough, users will be offered the option to move apps to the card. This will also likely help with video performance when those files are stored on the card, thus minimizing jittery performance.

As for three column tile support which will be widely available for most existing Windows Phone 8 devices, there will be some limitations there as well. If you own a Windows Phone with a screen size under 4.5-inches, you will not be able to use the “more tiles option” when you upgrade to Windows Phone 8.1.

That will affect devices like the Nokia Lumia 520, Lumia 525, Lumia 620, Lumia 720, Lumia 820 (along with its cousins the Lumia 810 and Lumia 822), Samsung ATIV Odyssey, Huawei Ascend W1, Huawei Ascend W2, HTC 8X, HTC 8XT and HTC 8S

The issue is clearly not just a matter of screen size, but also screen resolution. All of the aforementioned devices, with exception of the HTC 8X, have 480x800 pixel displays. The “more tiles” would just present extra-small, illegible, items on the display.

source: NPU



1. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Snap, fragmentation!

3. papss unregistered

It is a bit but all 8.1 but still a shame. Seems more akin to what apple does

15. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

Microsoft is smart, they are trying to avoid slow read/write speeds and omit lags, thought you guys would've thought of that. Smh You so blind you can't see the good in what Microsoft is doing

18. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"Microsoft is smart" ... But in this case, i think its the logical and right decision they made, considering that apps are going to be allowd on the SD card. I was thinking about the same thing when i learnt that Android SD card installs are disallowed, long ago.

26. sgodsell

Posts: 7535; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Root you Android device and then you can. Also their is USB otg and WiFi storage as well for Android. None of which work for any WP devices.

19. shahzadadil

Posts: 5; Member since: Mar 31, 2014

Oh dear. Apple does not allow an SD card at all. Forget about installing apps on SD card

23. papss unregistered

I'm talking about their update style.. Not the micro SD part :)

4. TheWolfpacker

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

They all get the update, some just cant use all the features. And judging by this list, so far its that some wont have 3 row tile support. Thats a good thing, i dont want to deal with trying to decipher little itty bitty writing. And the SD card limitations is a hardward not being fast enough issue. All Win 8.x phones will get the update.

9. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

No fragmentation, larger screens should benefit so makes sense to allow it while restricting it on devices that would ruin it. As for SD, well that is only if you want to install apps to the card. Other wise no worry it seems.

2. papss unregistered

I just ordered a new micro SD for my new one (that comes tomorrow and waiting for me after work)❕ I plan on using it with both my L1520 and one.

14. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I checked icon in Verizon store, tiles was looking awesome because of three mid size tiles, looks fantastic. Love it those tiles.

17. express77 unregistered

tiles looks good if designed well, but tile colours became mismatched on desktop windows 8.1 which were good in 8. wish they had wp 8.1 tile features in desktop too like change tile colours. now that wp is supporting sd cards and android is limiting it, wp maybe my next phone. would be good if they bring icon/tile choice in windows soon.

5. mrmooresince1979

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Am I the only one anxious to see what Windows update will consist of?

6. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014


7. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Maybe not anxious. I'm interested for sure. As much as I have knocked it, I hope to see it expand beyond what it is. Many are, but if it doesn't open up a bit more,.. its going to be a long tough road ahead for it still.

8. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Id much rather have my apps run directly off the system storage, sometimes SD Cards and Disk can have issues. Although most devices do just have a MicroSD built in it.

10. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

I don't really care if i don't take the three column support......Cmon Microsoft my Nokia lumia 920 is ready for the update.

13. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You r going to do three mid size tiles. Its coming in 8.1 for 4.5" to 5" devices. So don't worry. Dude.

20. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hmm I saw that the Lumia 928 on Verizon was omitted from that list. I hope it is included under the 929 listing, as that is supposed to be the global variant of that phone.

11. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 2012

bit of a rubbish grabber article title as far as the SD cards go, obviously you'd only have to upgrade the SDcard if you actually needed to put apps on the sdcard, it's not like you'd have been doing so prior to the update.

12. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I have a good feeling about this.

16. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

And I blamed Android be too slow coz it had class 1 support,,, Nice move WP8,,, u just saved your *ss

21. gabyteodor

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

My Lumia 1320 is already 3-tiled (3 big tiles on the same row/ 6 small) Am i missing something? This update will make it 4-tiled? :D

22. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Another column of tiles? Just like Apple with their extra row of icons! Excellent!

24. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Tiles and Icons are like night and day.

25. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks if you want to see smooth HD movies and store fast moving sports events on your smart phone or Tablet your memory storage medium has to be fast. that's the bottom line.

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