Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 29th Oct 2012 18:14 UTC
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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RE: And no micro-SD
by No it isnt on Mon 29th Oct 2012 18:50 UTC 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[3]: And no micro-SD
by No it isnt on Mon 29th Oct 2012 21:05 in reply to "RE[2]: And no micro-SD"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

You don't, except people will want to read their sdcards on their computers, which tend to run Windows. According to most accounts, MS demands some number of $s per device (usually 15). Last I saw mention of the vfat patent was when a court in Germany decided Motorola infringed on it.

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RE[3]: And no micro-SD
by JAlexoid on Wed 31st Oct 2012 11:15 in reply to "RE[2]: And no micro-SD"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

It's not vFAT. It's exFAT and other SD related patents.

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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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