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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Google's Android 5.0 restores SD card functionality


Over the years Google has tried to phase out SD cards by not not including them in their Nexus lineup and continually removing the functionality from Android. This hasn't stopped users from wanting this functionality in their devices, and it looks like Google is going to give the users what they want with Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Google started to bring back some SD card functionality with Android 4.4, but has admitted that it didn't go far enough. While the company's flagships, the Google Nexus 6 and Google Nexus 9 still lack SD card support, Android 5.0 includes new APIs designed to allow easy access to SD cards in a secure way. Basically, developers will once again be able to fully access SD card directories and files. Users will have to allow access one time for an app, but afterwards, everything should work seamlessly. Apps will also be able to create directories to store media on an SD card much more easily.

SD cards are especially useful to those who purchase budget devices, which don't offer a lot of storage. Now all we have to do its wait for developers to update their apps and manufacturers to push out the latest version of Android and we will be able to enjoy full SD card functionality on our Android devices.


source - Android | Android Police
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