Why don’t Nexus devices have SD cards? Google’s Matias Duarte answers

Since the launch of Nexus S, all Nexus lovers had one pertinent question in their mind, why Google does not provide microSD card slots in Nexus devices.

The only Nexus device to have a microSD card slot was the Nexus One, since then none of the Nexus phones or tablets have microSD card slot.

Even the latest Nexus 4 comes with just 8GB and 16GB internal memory options and there is no expendable storage.

Well, we cannot answer that – why don’t Nexus devices have SD cards? But Matias Duarte, Director of Android operating system User Experience can and he did, on his Google+ page.

Here is his answer:

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.


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13 thoughts on “Why don’t Nexus devices have SD cards? Google’s Matias Duarte answers

    sushrut

    (November 1, 2012 - 9:57 am)

    each hd game consumes data in gigabyte.So if i have phone with 8gb fixed storage,then the phone will be useless for me.

    Sudip

    (October 31, 2012 - 1:56 pm)

    worthless , you provide as per your logic and let the user decide how much space they want.

    tousif

    (October 30, 2012 - 11:22 pm)

    rightly said by by google!!!!!!!!

      Amjath

      (October 31, 2012 - 9:20 am)

      thats the stupid explanation I have heard

      Sriram

      (November 2, 2012 - 9:22 pm)

      @tousif: Yes i too go with the better explanation given by Matias Duarte. BUT….. why cant they make phones with more built-in storage like 32gb,64gb. You see, i’m totally (very very much) happy with my 64gb iPhone 4S..

    Mohan Kumar

    (October 30, 2012 - 10:14 pm)

    It’s because, Google wants the users to get habituated with the cloud content available from ‘Google Play’ and there by see profit from it(Music, Videos, Magazines etc). Not any other reason that I can think of.

    Zuhaib

    (October 30, 2012 - 10:01 pm)

    @Pavan 16gb/32gb isn’t huge. I currently have more than 64gb and that isn’t enough. It’s not like these nexus devices come with more storage options (other than 8/16 gb)

    Zuhaib

    (October 30, 2012 - 10:00 pm)

    It’s the official BS about Nexus devices. Just think about it? Android users stupid enough to not know where their files are? Why Prompt? Set the internal storage as default.

    kaushik

    (October 30, 2012 - 9:05 pm)

    Nexus skips SD card so that a Nexus doesn’t affect the sale of rest of non-Nexus Android mobiles & tabs. Had Nexus 7 starts shipping with SD card, Galaxy Tab will immediately become a EOL item.

      Zuhaib

      (October 30, 2012 - 10:02 pm)

      +1 .. Exactly my point.

      ABHISHEK

      (October 31, 2012 - 3:56 pm)

      +1…
      thats true!!!

    Pavan Somu @ Blogging Tips

    (October 30, 2012 - 8:45 pm)

    I don’t think an external memory card is necessary for these kind of gadgets as they have huge amount of internal memory.

      Zuhaib

      (October 30, 2012 - 10:02 pm)

      @Pavan 16gb/32gb isn’t huge. I currently have more than 64gb and that isn’t enough. It’s not like these nexus devices come with more storage options (other than 8/16 gb)

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