Google just killed extra storage on Android phones

On way back..from top of the Enchanted Rock climb.

On way back..from top of the Enchanted Rock climb.

With the release of kit-kat i.e., version 4.4.2, Google is going the Apple way. That is, it won’t let apps access the external storage for writing. I had even issues with my PlayerPro music player reading content on the external storage. The advantage with Android phones was one could add-on to space by using a micro-SD card or such. This reduced the base price of the phone which was very attractive proposition for someone considering between an iPhone and an Android. But now that seems no longer a criteria. What is the point of buying, say, 64GB of storage when apps cannot fully utilize it. Geeks have figured out a way around this by hacking the Android settings. But this is something that a layman wouldn’t be able to do. Moreover, I have found with this hack (you need to essentially change settings in the platform.xml file in /system/etc/permissions folder) gets overwritten every so often. Meaning I will need to keep on applying the change again and again. The rumor is this issue of not being able to access external storage will be fixed in the next release of the Android OS, but that is still a rumor. Hope Google listens to feedback and sets this right. Else it makes it easier for folks to go the Apple way.

On another note, which is a good thing, Google just upped the limit to upload your music to its cloud servers to 50,000 songs. That is a helluva lot of music. And the storage is free. You can to use Google Music Manager to upload your song library. There are some limits such as all your music, where convertible, will be stored as mp3 files and if your songs exists on the Google Cloud servers, an upload isn’t necessary but Google will maintain track of the song(s) as part of your library. With all your music on Google servers, you don’t have to worry about backing up your huge library (assuming it is huge such as mine which is about 80GB) and secondly, you can listen to all of your music on either your smart phone or a computer or any device that has access to the internet. If you are using a cellular service provider such as T-Mobile, streaming data from Google Play Music doesn’t count against the bandwidth. Maybe with this expanded storage for your music, the need for additional storage on your device might be not so much necessary. But I like to have all my music on my smart phone just in case there is no internet connection.

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