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Google While Microsoft is unveiling all about Windows Phone 8, Google ruined the party a little bit by 'leaking' all about Android 4.2, the Nexus 10 tablet, and the new Nexus phone, the LG Nexus 4. There's some pretty awesome stuff in here from Google - except for the fact the devices themselves are kind of ugly.
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And no micro-SD
by emarkp on Mon 29th Oct 2012 18:44 UTC
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Member since:
2005-09-10

The entire reason I got my Nexus One was for the standard: earphone jack, MicroUSB plug, and micro-SD card slot.

I don't get it, why do away with micro-SD?

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RE: And no micro-SD
by No it isnt on Mon 29th Oct 2012 18:50 in reply to "And no micro-SD"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Two reasons: instability and Microsoft extortion money. Removable storage means VFAT, which is patented.

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RE[2]: And no micro-SD
by smashIt on Mon 29th Oct 2012 19:19 in reply to "RE: And no micro-SD"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

and Microsoft extortion money. Removable storage means VFAT, which is patented.


doesn't count
you don't need VFAT to use sd-cards (and i think the patent in question has been invalidated)
and i'm sure lg and samsung already own an unlimited license for vfat

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RE[2]: And no micro-SD
by chithanh on Tue 30th Oct 2012 01:57 in reply to "RE: And no micro-SD"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

Removable storage means VFAT, which is patented.

I agree that it may be related to patents. But the devices all support USB OTG mode where you can connect a USB flash drive with VFAT. So that can't be the reason.

SDXC cards however may come with exFAT, which indeed requires royalty payments. The SD card association has really painted itself into a corner by choosing a patent encumbered filesystem.

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RE[2]: And no micro-SD
by dsmogor on Tue 30th Oct 2012 09:11 in reply to "RE: And no micro-SD"
dsmogor Member since:
2005-09-01

I also though so, until I realized that if they support mass storage mode are eligible to that anyway.
Besides MS wont bother to go after such a niche device risking clash with Google lawyers.

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RE: And no micro-SD
by Kalessin on Mon 29th Oct 2012 21:17 in reply to "And no micro-SD"
Kalessin Member since:
2007-01-18

No micro-SD? 16GB is pitiful if you there's no external storage (let alone 8GB). It drives me crazy that my current phone only has 32GB external storage. I can fit only a fraction of my music on there, and while I can certainly live without being able to put it all on there, it's really annoying to not be able to. And streaming services (including Google Music) don't cut it, because streaming all of that data is a total waste of money in comparison to putting the songs in local storage (it also requires have a good connection, which I don't always have).

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RE[2]: And no micro-SD
by chithanh on Tue 30th Oct 2012 02:01 in reply to "RE: And no micro-SD"
chithanh Member since:
2006-06-18

No micro-SD? 16GB is pitiful if you there's no external storage (let alone 8GB).

That there is no external storage is not entirely correct. You can use an USB OTG cable and connect normal USB flash drives.

This is of course much less convenient than having an SD card inserted into the device.

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RE[2]: And no micro-SD
by JAlexoid on Wed 31st Oct 2012 11:17 in reply to "RE: And no micro-SD"
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2009-05-19