It has emerged that Android 5.0 Lollipop, the latest version of Google' mobile operating system, will restore a number of SD card features.
This is a welcome sign that Google is still committed to supporting memory cards that can be inserted into Android devices to expand storage space.
The ability to quickly and easily boost your smartphone or tablet's storage space from 16GB to 128GB, for example, is a key differentiator from its more closed competitor Apple, which doesn't allow its customers to manually upgrade their storage space.
Making SD Cards great again
Although the ability to boost storage using SD cards is popular with customers, there has been a worrying trend of Google limiting the use of SD cards in Android devices.
Changes to Android from version 2.3 onwards saw third party apps losing access to removable storage. Meanwhile, Google's own Nexus devices routinely shipped without an SD card slot.
While Android 4.4 KitKat brought some improvements to SD card functionality, Google itself has admitted it didn't go far enough.
With Android 5.0 Lollipop, even more features have been returned to SD cards and once again allows third party apps to access SD cards inserted into the device.
As Google's Jeff Sharkey explained "This gives apps broad, powerful access to manage files while still involving the user in the initial selection process. Users may choose to give your app access to a narrow directory like "My Vacation Photos," or they could pick the top-level of an entire SD card; the choice is theirs."
It's great to see Google returning SD card features to Android 5.0, giving customers the freedom that many feared they may be losing.
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