Android is a pretty cool thing.
Recently, Google added a feature to its Android operating system that allows SD card storage to be formatted with device storage as one partition, effectively allowing a user to store everything related to their phone on “one” drive. While testing out the G5 and S7 at MWC, however, some users noticed that the devices were not utilizing the feature, and were instead adding data to the internal storage and SD card completely separately. When asked about the feature, Samsung came right out and said they won’t be supporting it in this iteration, as they don’t want users to have issues with their data if they ever need to swap SD cards. Here’s the direct quote:
Samsung decided not to use the Android Marshmallow “adoptable storage” model. We believe that our users want a microSD card to transfer files between their phone and other devices (laptop, tablet, etc), especially the photos and videos they shoot with the camera.
With adoptable storage, first of all the card may be erased the first time it is inserted into the device. This behavior may be unexpected by many users and we don’t want our users to lose their files. Second, once Marshmallow starts using a card for adoptable storage, it cannot be read by other devices, so it loses this ability to be used for file transfer. Adoptable Storage is also primarily targeted towards emerging markets where devices with only 4-8GB of onboard storage are common. We think that our model of using microSD for mass storage is more in-line with our owner’s desires and expectations for how microSD should behave.
This reasoning is understandable, as Samsung want to avoid any issues their customers might have when transitioning between SD cards. However, the feature natively provides the user with the choice to have the SD card in “Portable Mode”, or “System Mode”, allowing someone to switch between them and hot-swap cards as they like. Looking to streamline the experience though, both Samsung and LG have opted out, and I can’t say I blame them.
However bummed I am about the loss of the feature, I’m confident that Cyanogenmod and other ROMs will support it once again, and power users are likely to use ROMs anyways.
via: Android Authority
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