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Google Explains Lack of SD Card Support For Nexus Devices

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Google has explained that Nexus devices only offer fixed storage as the company wants to avoid "techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing".

Upon answering questions about the Nexus lineup on Google+, Google's director of user services on Android, Matias Duarte, said offering consumers expandable memory through SD cards was apparently too confusing.

"Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it's just confusing for users," he said. "If you're saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card? Should there be a setting? Prompt every time? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It's just too complicated."

Instead of implementing SD card support, Nexus devices offers a fixed amount of space that "apps just seamlessly… use", with users not having to "worry about files or volumes or any of that techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing".

As for Jelly Bean's transition to consistent system buttons and status bars, Duarte explained that it's due to usability research and muscle memory. "What mattered most of all was muscle memory – keeping buttons where you expect them, no matter how you hold the device," Duarte explained.

Google recently announced the Nexus 4 smartphone (which won't feature LTE support), as well as the Nexus 10 tablet and a 3G 32GB variant of the Nexus 7.

 

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    kracker , November 2, 2012 1:16 AM
    Nice try google on calling it confusing.
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    tramit , November 2, 2012 1:18 AM
    Poor excuse, at least give the phones larger standard capacities if you are going to omit the SD card. 16gb should be the base version at the very least.
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    blader15sk8 , November 2, 2012 1:21 AM
    I feel another reason Apple and Google leave out the option is because people buy these cheap class 2 cards off Amazon or Ebay that are barely even class 2 speeds that degrade the overall performance of the device. It's not a very good user experience if the photos stored locally on your phone take a while to load while you scroll through them.
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  • 45 Hide
    kracker , November 2, 2012 1:16 AM
    Nice try google on calling it confusing.
  • 43 Hide
    tramit , November 2, 2012 1:18 AM
    Poor excuse, at least give the phones larger standard capacities if you are going to omit the SD card. 16gb should be the base version at the very least.
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    pyoverdin , November 2, 2012 1:20 AM
    Someone contact Matias and tell him to google 'How to use SD cards' and 'techy nonsense'. He might come up if you search the second one.

  • 38 Hide
    blader15sk8 , November 2, 2012 1:21 AM
    I feel another reason Apple and Google leave out the option is because people buy these cheap class 2 cards off Amazon or Ebay that are barely even class 2 speeds that degrade the overall performance of the device. It's not a very good user experience if the photos stored locally on your phone take a while to load while you scroll through them.
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    Anonymous , November 2, 2012 1:22 AM
    No Google. It's NOT too confusing. It means my phone is more future-proof, and this is pretty much the only reason I'm not buying any Nexus devices. They're starting to sound like Apple, which is rather disappointing.
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    icepick314 , November 2, 2012 1:24 AM
    uhmm....

    can't you "Google" how to use SD cards on devices?
  • 25 Hide
    abbadon_34 , November 2, 2012 1:24 AM
    whaaaaaaat!!!! great another Apple
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    mayankleoboy1 , November 2, 2012 1:26 AM
    blader15sk8I feel another reason Apple and Google leave out the option is because people buy these cheap class 2 cards off Amazon or Ebay that are barely even class 2 speeds that degrade the overall performance of the device. It's not a very good user experience if the photos stored locally on your phone take a while to load while you scroll through them.


    +1
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    chuckydb , November 2, 2012 1:28 AM
    For once, I've got to say:''FU Google, I thought you cousidered us smarter... We ain't so dumb you know.''
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    halcyon , November 2, 2012 1:28 AM
    LOL. Using a class10 32G micro-sd with my 64G Transformer Infinity hasn't proved confusing to me and I'm no genius.
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    freggo , November 2, 2012 1:28 AM
    How do you back up the content of the tablet?
    How do I move photos, videos or audio files back and forth ?
    How do you unload stuff when you are on a trip and you filled up
    the memory with pics and vids of the sight seeing trip or the recording of a business seminar?

    Sorry, but without any means of external storage my wallet stays in my back pocket.
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    Anonymous , November 2, 2012 1:30 AM
    And while we're at it, let's just replace math classes with a calculator.
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    A Bad Day , November 2, 2012 1:30 AM
    blader15sk8I feel another reason Apple and Google leave out the option is because people buy these cheap class 2 cards off Amazon or Ebay that are barely even class 2 speeds that degrade the overall performance of the device. It's not a very good user experience if the photos stored locally on your phone take a while to load while you scroll through them.


    Windows xp warns me of degraded flash drive performance when I plug a USB 1.1 into a USB 2.0 port. Why can't Google do the same?

    Apple? You really think they want some users upgrading their iPads' storage capacity cheaply?
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    lemlo , November 2, 2012 1:37 AM
    "Paleolithic era" huh.. here's another sarcastic remark I can come up with: "Crock of "
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    hiryu , November 2, 2012 1:43 AM
    "If you're saving photos, videos or music, where does it go? Is it on your phone? Or on your card?

    Of course, I will save photos, videos on the card. It is easier to manage the data stored on the card. I don't need to restore the data after the reset or changing the phone.
    Also, tit is more likely and easier to of retrieving the data if the phone is crushed or broken when the data is stored on the card.
    If I buy the card with large capacity e.g. 32GB and it's not expensive nowaday, I hardly need to take the card out.
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    webbwbb , November 2, 2012 1:47 AM
    It seems a better approach would be to get rid of user-accessable internal storage and make each device come with an SD card so you don't have to worry about the locations of files but you have the freedom to upgrade.
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    Marco925 , November 2, 2012 1:48 AM
    If they think Phones and tablets will replace the Desktop and Laptop, they're sorely mistaken if they continue to be dependent on PCs if they are limited in their inputs and outputs.
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    JOSHSKORN , November 2, 2012 1:48 AM
    I can see where he's coming from. That said, just put a USB 3.0 port on the thing and a 3.5 mm port for headphones and call it a day.
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    halcyon , November 2, 2012 1:50 AM
    Its just an excuse for them to cut costs and charge whatever they want for memory. I'd be hard pressed to buy an Android tablet without expandable memory as long as the option exists.
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