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Android officially “adopts” external storage devices

Android officially “adopts” external storage devices

Google has been known to dislike the use of external storage on Android devices, which explains why none of the Nexus smartphones and tablets had a microSD card slot. Google's position is understandable from a software engineering point of view but clashed with popular consumer demand. In Android M, however, Google makes an almost complete U-turn and has found a compromise to the problem, finally providing an official way for users to move apps to removable storage. It has a strange name for it too, calling it "Adoptable Storage Devices".

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Samsung PRO Plus, EVO Plus memory cards ready for UHD content

Samsung PRO Plus, EVO Plus memory cards ready for UHD content

Our mobile devices are getting more and more capable, both in creating content as well as playing them, so it is only fitting that data storage should catch up to them as well. Samsung already unveiled its UHS 2.0 NAND storage used for internal memory, particularly in the Galaxy S6, and now it's turning its attention to external storage as well. Samsung is adding two new members to its SD and microSD card family, the PRO Plus and the EVO Plus, with the promise of smooth handling of UHD and FHD content.

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Sony has $160 microSD card coming for ‘Premium Sound’ lovers

Sony has $160 microSD card coming for ‘Premium Sound’ lovers

It’s all about sound. And noise. Well, to Sony it is, at least. In a bit of a head-scratcher, Sony is releasing a new microSD card, called the microSDXC. This 64GB card is labelled as being “for Premium Sound”, to which Sony hopes audiophiles everywhere will buy it. At $160, it’s a lot pricier than similarly specced microSD cards. That massive price boost (like five-times as much) is explained away, where Sony explains it has “less electrical noise when reading data”.

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Moto G microSD expansion? Not so fast

Moto G microSD expansion? Not so fast

Since the first announcement of the Motorola-made smartphone Moto G, there’s been chatter about the possibility of expanding its internal memory. This week a teardown of the machine has gone the extra mile in figuring out if indeed this smartphone would be able to work with a microSD card though its official specifications for the public suggest that this is impossible. The first big clue came in the suggestion that one piece of its internal configuration was hiding a microSD card inside.

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Google Music update brings save to SD card, sharing abilities

Google Music update brings save to SD card, sharing abilities

The Android version of the Google Music app has been updated this week to bring on several much-requested abilities to the masses. The first of these changes is the ability to download and save song files to your smartphone's SD card. This does not mean that you'll be able to pop the SD card out and have all the files ready to play on any device, only that you'll be able to store your on-device files on the card itself - they need the app to play.

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Omate TrueSmart smartwatch earns Sapphire glass, Google Play, and 1GB memory

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch earns Sapphire glass, Google Play, and 1GB memory

If you'd seen the Omate TrueSmart "2.0 Smartwatch" before but wondered why they'd not brought the best of the best specifications to the market as it hit the Kickstarter circuit earlier this month. What we're seeing now is a collection of updates to the device that - before the age of crowd-funding - we'd have never seen. Before this age, all of these changes would have been made behind the scenes, with only a final product released all at once.

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Samsung: Galaxy S 4’s app preload bloat is the price you pay for features

Samsung: Galaxy S 4’s app preload bloat is the price you pay for features

Samsung has defended the relative lack of user-available storage in the Galaxy S 4, arguing that the fact that the 16GB handset offers roughly half that amount as usable capacity is a welcome compromise given the usefulness of the preloaded apps. Users of the cheapest Galaxy S 4 were surprised to discover that, out of the box, a typical example of the smartphone had just 8.49GB of the billed 16GB available for use; Samsung says that's a side-effect of its "more powerful features" however.

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Transcend announces 64GB microSDXC Ultra High-Speed storage card

Transcend announces 64GB microSDXC Ultra High-Speed storage card

Ever-increasing storage demands prompt increasingly higher capacity storage cards, including the newest release from Transcend, a 64GB microSDXC UHS-I. This ultra-high speed memory card offers very fast transfer speeds in the tiny microSD shell, bringing high storage capacity to your small mobile devices. This is part of the maker's UHS-I line, which ranges from 8GB to 64GB.

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