Android User Experience Director, Matias Duarte, recently made headlines when he suggested/admitted that Android was only a “third of the way” to where he wanted it to be.
Now the talented chap is answering questions over on his Google+ account, and one interesting demand he chose to address is: “Why don’t Nexus devices have SD cards?”
That’s partly in reference to the three new Nexus devices announced on Monday, namely the Nexus 4 from LG, Nexus 7 32GB from Asus, and Nexus 10 from Samsung. Of course, the Google Nexus S and Samsung Galaxy Nexus didn’t have microSD compatibility either.
The lack of microSD support is also a common complaint levelled at Apple devices, while Windows Phone 8 welcomes microSD.
“Everybody likes the idea of having an SD card, but in reality it's just confusing for users,” begins Duarte. Well, confusing for some, but a deal-breaker for others. Need more than 16GB storage on your smartphone? Forget about the Nexus 4.
Duarte continues: “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.”
What do you think? Are you happy with Matias’ explanation?