We have been seeing a trend with all the Nexus brand of products from Google that they all come with just an in build flash storage. In fact, most of the devices today are doing away with extendable storage such as SD cards. Why such a sudden shift of trend? Firstly this maybe down to the fact that most of the devices today come with a much larger internal memory as the devices made say an year ago. Even a medium cost range handset today minimum does pack a 4GB of internal memory which is not too bad when compared to 128 MB that most of the earlier devices shipped with. However, having an extendable memory is a very convenient way to be able to store more files on your device than just having them on the internal memory. However, where flash memory does help is that all your files are stored at one place and the applications definitely load faster when placed on internal memory as compared to SD card. But why do none of the Nexus devices ship with an ability to add an external card? This question which most of us had after the launch of Nexus 4 which again did not come with an SD card slot was answered by Matias Duarte of the Android development team.
This is exactly what he had to say about the matter:
“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.”
Do you agree with the reasoning Matias has give? Do let us know your views on having SD cards on smart phones in the section below.