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WTF is up with Google's war on SD cards?

I'm firing up for a rant, so strap yourselves in kids, it's Google-bashing time! This week the thing that's been bugging me revolves around the whole war on SD cards that Google is perpetrating in the latest versions of Android. I get why cost-cutting means the Nexus 5, Nexus 7 etc don't have a microSD card slot, but Google is now telling us that their microSD vendetta is because SD cards are insecure and corruptable. You know, the exact thing that companies are not.

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I've got Google in my crosshairs for this week's rant. / © AndroidPIT

The pathetic excuses date back to some paper-thin ''explanations'' about just how complicated and confusing storage volumes are for us poor idiotic smartphone users. Like we're so damaged that we can't find something if there's two places it could possibly be. ''Those file managers are sooo intimidating,'' thought Google, ''our users have no chance of navigating such a complex setup as two storage locations.'' And so they decided, in their infinite wisdom, to protect us from the threat of brain explosions when we realize that our just-saved file is nowhere to be found on the internal SD card. Those excuses were for Nexus devices, but now the same logic is extending to Android in general.

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Google seems to think we're too inept to figure out two storage locations. / © AndroidPIT/Google

The simple fact is that Android users are not idiots, and half the twelve-year olds out there right now that Google is trying to protect from themselves are the same upstarts that Mountain View will be throwing million-dollar contracts at in about 5 years. And users love SD cards: they are cheap, reliable, removable and infinitely better than relying solely on internal storage or the freaking cloud. Because we all know just how reliable and secure the cloud is right? Just do a quick Google search for ''NSA cloud'' and see how confident you feel.

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Affordable, reliable, removable: why wouldn't consumers love microSD cards? / © SanDisk

Would it come as any surprise to you to know that Google has invested heavily in the cloud and has strategies underway to ''convince'' (read: force) manufacturers to step away from offering secondary storage options? Right at the same time that every manufacturer is now putting SD card expansion in their phones because that's exactly what users want! Insecure? Sure, I want it! Corruptible? I'll take my chances! Being forced by a company with a vested interest in pushing a new technology for their own benefit is not what I want from my mobile OS-maker of choice. See how I used that word ''choice,'' Google? That's right, we have a choice and we like to exercise it. You've been warned.

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  • Two years later, where do we stand?

  • Just like Anything in America: when a company gets big. forms a black hole and you can't escape.
    Have you seen the south park episode of "Wall-Mart"? And that it was like a living thing controlling humans??
    Well Google has been a private NSA and who's to say that it isn't on a black funding from NSA itself!!

    Now the great imagination fucktards are telling you and me that we aren't allowed to create and move files in micro SD cards THAT WE BOUGHT WITH OUR OWN MONEY AND PAID TAXES ON TOP!
    Free will?? America is pushing communism from below. And it is happening in a way that most of us don't see, don't care to notice, or just plainly don't care.
    My money that I spent in our so called free economy on my 64gb SD card, just went to waste.
    What's next? Limit me on how far I can read in a book I bought and rightfully own?
    All of you spent your hard earned money out of free will to OWN what you exchanged that money for. Now we're being "rounded up" like cattle and herded towards googalism.
    A pseudo google/ communism on a massive scale.
    I miss the freedom of the dumb flip phones.
    But like kids, we were enticed to "take the candy" ,candy in form of electronic eye candy.
    The fact is: Google is a conglomerate and it does NOT CARE about you or your freedom.
    You THINK you own your phone, but your phone owns you.
    Vote with your dollars.

  • I like how they push cloud storage like Google play asif everyone has the data to stream movies and music all day. Local storage is for offline viewing. Go home Google your drunk 16 gb internal storage and the Os takes about half of that so let's see 2gig per 1 hour 1080p movie yea no ty. I'll stick with Samsung and there ugly physical button. Same reason I won't get iPhone or Amazon phone

    • My1 Oct 29, 2014 Link to comment

      honestly I like the physical home and the sensor buttons, but that's but my oppinion from having a tablet where those things alwys turn away if you are too fast, while the buttons from Samsung dont suddenly change their places...

    • I wouldn't trust a cloud unless: A I physically have the hard drive at home.
      Or B, drops of water falls out of it when its cold.

  • Michelle Aug 14, 2014 Link to comment

    I was a bit miffed when they blocked App 2SD, but blocking all apps from writing to SD takes everything to a whole new level. Wtf Google?! I run a video production company. I store a ton of video & eat GBs for breakfast, lunch, & dinner! I have cloud storage as well but take road trips out of cell range & need access to MY S**T! It's mine & I have a right to it! I have a Galaxy because of the external storage & I planned to upgrade based on the best internal & extrenal storage options. Now Google is taking away my right to use S**T I specifically paid for! If they don't want to put SD slots in their devices, that's their right entirely. But don't make the SD card I pair for useless! I need my SD storage, so I guess it's time to root!

  • My1 Jul 9, 2014 Link to comment

    update, update, update, update, UPDATE!!!!!
    well this is nothing safe yet, but it certainly sounds intresting...

    • This is great news @Philipp, not that it means that Google will actually implement anything. Still, it shows that they are willing to at least look at the possibility, so it's a better outcome than we currently have.

  • Hi all, an interesting discussion is going on in Reddit about the crazy differences in SD card speeds as a reason for Google's dislike of them. While it may be true, the commentary is interesting (people don't care how slow read/write speeds are as long as they have extra storage available):

  • Corey L Jul 3, 2014 Link to comment

    Read this, OP.... It explains everything. Enough with the 'War on SD' nonsense

    • I know the technical background. My point was that Google is selling a service and it makes sense to provide options that users want, not force a technical consideration on the entire industry. Something tells me Google is capable of fixing permissions management for SD cards if they felt like it. But they haven't invested in SD cards, so...

  • In my opinion Google is right. micro SD is not safe. Anyone can remove it from stolen phone and data is open for manipulation. Which is impossible on Android device with locked boot-loader(comes as a standard on any phone), no micro SD and with lock screen(anyone should have one). If you do not like that, you have so many devices with micro SD cards. Just do not buy nexus .To move files from micro SD 99% of people use USB to phone cable because most of the laptops and PC's/laptops do not support micro SD. so you need micro SD to SD adapter and most likely you have USB cable and not adapter next to you. So internal storage is just as much accessible as micro SD data. And if you complain about bad micro SD card support complain to your device manufacturer not to Google. Your device is based on AOSP and whoever manufactured your device must have messed up adjusting micro SD support and believe me it was not Google. Last thing regarding cloud storage you must understand that cloud is future and you should want be clean on cloud( that's from South Park ) :)

    • My1 Jul 3, 2014 Link to comment

      but some apps like navigation take up a lot of space and there is not problem with some maps or music or videos being unsafe.
      also it might be that the write on microSD problem is not only created but enforced by google, leaving the manufacturers no choice buut to implement it.
      and sometimes you dont have a computer nor a cable and want to DL a lot of data on my microSD which then wouldnt work if I would be on KK.
      and still how do you access the cloud when you have no reception or how do you watch videos with just 200MB of highspeed traffic? even with 1 or 2GB of highspeed traffic wouldnt be enough.
      since 5th June (essentially for a bout a month) I have had 28,87 GB of video downloads and 25,6GB of transfers in my network and 3,65 GB of youtube. and doing all that over streaming with the cloud, well no, I am using the (own) cloud a bit, but I cannot go around without grabbing a lot and stream everything with mobile internet.

  • im pissed off too, good thing thc decided to give me an expansion slot in the m8 but seriously. Look at the technology we have today... and were playing with 32 and 16 GB storage phones. im not trying to make a plot or something but, as phone calls are filtered, someone wants to filter our files, and so force everybody to use cloud services. correct me if i missed something. great post by the way :)

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