Originally Posted by jimweda
What gives them the right to take that away anyway?
It's not really a matter of "right". Google believed that allowing apps to write to the SD card unrestricted was a security risk. The turned this ability off in an OS update and you could have chosen not to install it if you wished. There was certainly a lot of noise about this before it actually happened.
If you are rooted, there is a free app that will restore the earlier functionality. See here [APP][4.4][ROOT] SDFix: Modify device permis… | Android | XDA Forum