Adoptable storage? Samsung Galaxy S7 and LG G5 will have none of that

Now that the default absence of the iconic Android app drawer on the LG G5 is clarified and has a simple workaround, it’s time to discuss another glaring software omission from both the modular 5.3-incher and its arch-rival, the waterproof 5.1-inch Galaxy S7. Unfortunately, this little inconvenience can’t be ironed out as easily, at least until the independent dev community gets their hands on the two phones.

First things first, did you know that, in addition to Doze mode, Google Now on Tap and various security enhancements, Marshmallow brought a neat feature called Adoptable Storage to the table? Probably not, since it hasn’t been advertised… at all, given Nexus devices are physically unable to use it.

In a nutshell, what it does is combine the internal storage space of an Android 6.0 gadget with the digital depository provided by a microSD card in this huge collective pool you can hoard all the apps, as well as media files of any sort. That’s opposed to the two’s normal separation, and certain restrictions imposed on external memory.

Pretty cool, huh? Well, Samsung and LG don’t seem to agree, deactivating Adoptable Storage on their new flagships. The former OEM justifies the decision by bringing up a couple of flaws that it deems deal-breakers.

Number one, “with adoptable storage, the card may be erased the first time it is inserted into the device”, a behavior many users may not expect and cause them to lose precious files. Second, and perhaps more importantly, “once Marshmallow starts using a card for adoptable storage, it cannot be read by other devices, so it loses its ability to be used for file transfer.”

Fair points, but why ditch the feature altogether? After all, it’s not enabled off the bat in Android M, and we’re sure a few of you would love the choice between traditional portable storage and internal storage mode for microSD use. Wouldn’t you?

Source: Ars Technica

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Adrian Diaconescu
Adrian has had an insatiable passion for writing since he was in school and found himself writing philosophical essays about the meaning of life and the differences between light and dark beer. Later, he realized this was pretty much his only marketable skill, so he first created a personal blog (in Romanian) and then discovered his true calling, which is writing about all things tech (in English).