Why do devices like the Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 and Galaxy Nexus have no microSD card slot?
Update: You may also like to read ‘Multi user support could make microSD inclusion problematic for Android OEMs going forward’.
Earlier this year, we polled readers to determine with how much importance they regard microSD expansion. From the sample we took, it seemed that the majority would still be content without it. Now that the Nexus 7 has been announced, which does not have one, the debate about microSD slots has been started once again.
At a glance of the situation, it is not unreasonable to theorize that smartphone manufacturers are not including MicroSD expansion with their devices in order to get more people using cloud services. However, this is not the case and Android Central has today posted to explain Google’s reasoning for not including a microSD slot, and why it is not in fact a conspiracy. Below is a quote from Google engineer Dan Morrill, which explains in simple terms why microSD is not included. For more detail, check out the post over at AC.
We got tired of seeing OEMs include many GB of internal storage for music, while users were still running out of space for apps and data. This approach lets us merge everything on one volume, which is way better.
— Dan Morrill, Android engineer at Google