Android 4.4 KitKat; death of the sd card?

By | March 15, 2014

Earlier versions of the Android Operating System prior to 4.4 KitKat allowed applications to read/write to almost any area of your removable storage (sd card), given permission. However since Android 4.4 KitKat you can no longer do this.

Many people feel that Google may be intentionally working towards making sd cards obsolete as to promote Google Drive (which they recently cut their pricing earlier this week), however Google says there are several reasons that the changes were made.

A lot of users still prefer expandable media, but Google has been making the move away from sd cards for quite awhile now. Apple customers have never had expandable storage, and iDevices seem to be for the most part alright.

I don’t have an sd card in my Xperia Z1 (which is running KitKat), and I think with the mobile data plans in Australia you would be pushing it to backup all your media in the cloud without WiFi. For music I use the MOG service, which is unmetered data on both the Telstra mobile network, and home internet services.

I’m wondering how you store your media? Do you use the cloud or sd cards or maybe both? Since the changes to KitKat, how do you feel about what you can do with expandable storage?

Please vote on my poll and leave a comment below.

Update: I found a neat little program that alleviates this issue, however root is needed. The application is called SDFix: KitKat Writable MicroSD which is available in the Play Store. However since I don’t have an SD-Card in my Z1 I cannot comment if it works or not.

What is your preferred storage method?

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