Why can't I add an SD card to my Google Nexus device?

Why can’t I add an SD card to my Google Nexus device?

Since the launch of Android handsets one of their strengths was the ability to easily expand the memory via the addition of an SD card, this allowed you to potentially double your storage capacity for very little cost. In addition this was also one of the supporting arguments in the whole Android vs Apple debate.

So why have Google (and HTC for that matter) decided to omit the ability to expand your memory with their Nexus range? Matius Duarte (Director of User Service) has recently hosted a Q&A on Google+ and I will let him explain:

“Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it’s just confusing for users.

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 everytime? What happens to the experience when you swap out the card? It’s just too complicated.

We take a different approach. Your Nexus has a fixed amount of space and your apps just seamlessly use it for you without you ever having to worry about files or volumes or any of that techy nonsense left over from the paleolithic era of computing.

With a Nexus you know exactly how much storage you get upfront and you can decide what’s the right size for you. That’s simple and good for users.”

So there you go, one of the reason is that it’s too confusing for us mere users!

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