Google Changes Android To Kill SD Cards

KitKat will make your SD Card completely useless: per the Android API specification, apps can no longer write files to your SD card.

People have already been complaining on the HP Support Forum that they can’t store apps on a microSD card with the Slate 8 Pro. The Support staff (mostly volunteers) have to keep repeating that it’s Android 4.x doing this, not HP.

And now this.

The entire point of my wanting an Android tablet over an iPad is the card slot.

This move by Google to dissuade hardware makers from including such a slot is just jaw-dropping.

It’s already bad enough that people who want to view multi-GB videos in HD are running up against 4GB file limits with card storage — and this is just pouring salt in the entire wound.

I hope the outcry will be loud enough to make Google change its thinking. Card storage is the ace card that makes many people choose Android over iOS devices.

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4 Comments

Filed under Android, Google, Stupid

4 responses to “Google Changes Android To Kill SD Cards

  1. Something like this really doesn’t affect me. I don’t use many apps and SD card storage is for photos, movies and music files.

  2. Cory

    SD cards suck. I am glad Google did this. And hope SD card support in future Android devices dies

    • D401D

      What? Without an SD slot, it’s vastly more difficult and in some cases impossible to flash your own custom firmware. Go get an iPhone if you like living in a cage. Most informed Android users prefer freedom of choice.

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