Here is why Nexus Android devices don’t support SD cards

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A common staple across Android Nexus devices is the lack of a SD card slot. Nexus users are forced to use the device’s internal storage and Google’s cloud services to store the content they want to access. In some cases, the 8-16GB of storage that’s equipped on Nexus devices aren’t enough. A simple solution to this would be to add a SD card reader. So why doesn’t Google go this route? Apparently, it’s all about customer confusion.

Matias Duarte, who is the Android User Experience Director for Google, explained why Nexus devices don’t have SD cards on his Google+ page.

“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.”

In my opinion, I don’t think SD card usage is as complicated as Duarte makes it out to be. It’s not like SD cards are anything new. Devices such as digital cameras have been using SD cards for years. As far as I can tell, this has not created mass customer confusion. Also, with a large enough SD card, most people will never need to replace it. The common person won’t care where their content is being stored. All they care about is how easy it is to access.

I think there are two main reasons why Google sticks to internal storage. 1) It makes devices slightly cheaper to produce and sell. 2) It forces users to use its cloud services.

I’m not one of those people who inherently hate smartphones and tablets without SD card slots. I have a 8GB Nexus 7 and I make that small storage work for me everyday. What I don’t like is Google’s explanation for skipping out on SD cards slots. Confusion over SD cards? I mean, who are they kidding?

Source [Google+]

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  • Charles

    I think the confusion they are talking about with SD cards pertain to apple users. Apple has never used SD card slots because they target the simple non-techy audience. I am guessing that Google is now trying to target that same audience. I for one, refuse to buy a device that limits itself just on the internal drive, that’s not enough space for me. Also, you can’t easily transfer your data from your old device to your new one without doing a long sync process, if even compatible to do so. I agree with you, SD cards are not a new technology and there shouldn’t be any confusion for anyone with common sense.

  • jay ducati

    just because there are complete morons out there, doesn’t mean ppl that know how to operate their devices should get ripped off…if someone is too stupid to use external media, then here is the solution: do not seat it…resolved, google….anyway, i think this is bullshit coming from horses mouth…i think its just so you buy their model more storage, since everyone knows that the more storage, the more profit, the more rip off, but i do not doubt there are ppl too stupid to work external storage, gawd, FN morons….i just really hope that this is BS from google, because it would really piss me off if such a great device has such a huge disadvantage just because of idiot consumers.

  • http://4l4v jay ducati

    yeah, i’m totally with u…with a tablet that has such close margins, the manu will be looking to put anything that is not absolutely necessary on the chopping block…what does it cost for the manu to install an sd reader, seriously? please, google, install the reader and up the price three bucks!!!

  • tom

    The real reason they don’t have SD slots is because they can sell you a 32gb version of the tablet for $50 more than the 16gb version. For apple iPads, that extra 16gb costs $100. And you wonder why they don’t have an SD slot? Hello?