Samsung re-introduced the microSD card slot in the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge. Memory cards up to 200 GB are supported in the handset. But one curious thing to note is that the adoptable storage that was one of the key upgrades in the Android Marshmallow is not supported by either the Galaxy S7 or the LG G5, the two top phone of 2016 apart from the iPhone 7.
So what is this adoptable storage?
Google’s Android operating system has fragmentation problem and mainly depends on low cost devices to popularize itself. with the low cost, the memory capacity is also low. Installing a few apps and storing a HD movie will top your phone capacity. To solve this problem, google introduced a feature called as adoptable storage in the Marshmallow.
This feature will format the entire content of a microSD card and treats the available memory on it as internal memory to store system files and install apps. This memory becomes similar to the system memory. But there is a good reason for removing this feature by Samsung. Here is the statement explaining the reason for not supporting adoptable storage.
“Samsung Electronics decided not to use the Android Marshmallow “adoptable storage” model. We believe that our users want a microSD card to transfer files between their phone and other devices (laptop, tablet, etc), especially the photos and videos they shoot with the camera.
With adoptable storage, first of all the card may be erased the first time it is inserted into the device. This behavior may be unexpected by many users and we don’t want our users to lose their files. Second, once Marshmallow starts using a card for adoptable storage, it cannot be read by other devices, so it loses this ability to be used for file transfer. Adoptable Storage is also primarily targeted towards emerging markets where devices with only 4-8GB of on-board storage are common. We think that our model of using microSD for mass storage is more in-line with our owner’s desires and expectations for how microSD should behave.”
Agreed that some user will be furious at the disposal of the adoptable storage feature but Samsung did think this through before foregoing the feature. I personally think the phones with 8 GB or 16 GB would find this feature valuable. The Galaxy S7 has 32 GB or greater amount of internal storage and installing few large apps will not dent the phone in a significant way
What are your thoughts on this issue?