Samsung's Android Pie update could contain a neat feature as old as time

Samsung's Android Pie update could contain a neat feature as old as time
Samsung has obviously been hard at work on Android Pie updates for its newest flagship devices ever since Google brought the latest OS version to its in-house Pixel phones, but now more than ever, the global market leader needs time to smooth things out before starting an official rollout.

On the bright side, a public beta program is confirmed to open its doors later this week, and an add-on discovered in leaked Pie-based Galaxy Note 9 firmware files may catch you by surprise.

As initially reported by SamMobile, Samsung seems ready to bring back the adoptable storage feature. This would basically allow the system to treat SD cards as regular internal phone memory, accepting all kinds of app installs in addition to other files and media, which you would then only be able to access on a single device.

That sounds pretty cool, given the usual restrictions and limitations of SD cards, but unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know this has been a thing on Android since Marshmallow was released... three years ago.

Samsung's Android Pie update could contain a neat feature as old as time

Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge users who wanted the functionality badly enough could enable it back in the day with a little effort and dedication, but afterwards, most of Samsung’s fans forgot all about this adoptable storage thing.

If anyone still needs the feature, it’s owners of low-end Galaxy handsets with 8 or 16 gigs of actual internal storage space. Unfortunately, very few of those are likely to score Pie goodies in the foreseeable future... or anytime at all, for that matter.

It also remains to be seen if the Galaxy S9 and S9+ will get the ability to “adopt” SD cards as a natural extension of their internal memory right off the bat in beta previews or later on. For the time being, the leaked feature appears to be rather unstable, so our money is on the latter option.

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28 Comments

1. nikhil23

Posts: 418; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

that's a pretty nifty feature. I remember using custom rom especially for this feature long time ago.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2891; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why wouldn't this feature be available on Samsung flagships? It's a thing even on the $120 Nokia 2.1.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 850; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Cause, SD cards are a lot slower and it has more than enough starting storage at 64GB.

4. Tech-shake

Posts: 211; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

because this feature makes no sense on high end devices. the internal flash storage is much faster. when you install apps on the sd card, they will be slower to launch and more sluggish compared to when they run on the internal storage. since samsung decided to bring this back now, i assume they are ready to mass produce their UFS microSD cards. Only when used with UFS microSD cards this feature makes sense on high end devices.

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2891; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

It's not about speed genius. It's about the fact that you can buy a 16GB phone and add storage for cheap without having to pay an extra 300$ for more storage. SD cards are wayyyy cheaper! Not to mention having the option to add as much storage as you like, especially when phones with higher storage aren't available around. I wish iPhones had this feature too.

8. nikhil23

Posts: 418; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

It's always about the speed genius. SD cards are cheaper and slower. The max speed of SD card is close to 100mbps (both read and write). Whereas max speed of UFS 2.1 is around 150 mbps for write and 500 mbps for read. If they just used sd card for all apps, phone whould lag quite a lot.

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2891; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not everyone is able to afford that speed for several hundred dollars. If you are rich enough than go buy a 512GB phone. But don't leverage other companies to not allow expandable storage for apps.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2891; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Not everyone is able to afford that speed for several hundred dollars. If you are rich enough than go buy a 512GB phone. But don't leverage other companies to not allow expandable storage for apps.

9. maherk

Posts: 6717; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

"I wish iPhones had this feature too." Your iPhone don't even have expandable memory, so start complaining and crying about this before you criticize Samsung for not offering extra features that comes with expandable memory.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3099; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

64GB is more than enough for storing APPs, you'll need 200 apps (each 200MB in size) or 50 high-graphic games (1GB each) to fill that storage. (assuming system take 14GB from it) And you don't need to pay extra $300 to upgrade from 16GB phone to 64GB smartphone (and there are many 128GB android smartphone for under $300) While microSD is good for storing photos, video and music (and enabling quick swap when it's full or when you want to back it up to PC)

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2891; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Stop trying to tell people that 64GB is enough for them. Apps aren't the only things to take space.

12. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

because people would complain that their 1000 dollar phone is as slow as a 120 dollar nokia because they put a cheap ass 2gb sd card in it

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1827; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Right now, there isn't much need for adaptable storage on Samsung's flagship devices. 64GB allows for the installation of a lot of apps. But if you have 16GB or 32GB, this is definitely a great option, provided you get a decent SD card. The one in my S9 is a UHS-1, which I use to store media. I wouldn't go any slower than UHS-1 if you were going to use adaptive storage.

15. middlehead

Posts: 447; Member since: May 12, 2014

Still wouldn't trust this. I've never had an SD card survive being in a phone or tablet. Never had them die in any other use case.

21. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Running some games that can be transfered to MicroSD card on my Note9 is just as good on my girls S9's internal storage. Lmao. Thew l whole thing about phone laging or loading when reading from a MicroSD is out dated af.

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