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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hadron, Feb 21, 2016.

  1. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    According to AndroidCentral the S7 models do not include the Marshmallow option of incorporating your microSD card as a full extension of the phone's storage.

    Now personally it's a feature I'd rather not use - I'd prefer the flexibility of not having it encrypted and being able to use it in any device. But do others disagree?

  2. 1080p

    1080p Android Enthusiast

    There goes Samsung, stripping Android of it's native features again.
    #2 1080p, Feb 21, 2016
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  3. Richard51

    Richard51 Lurker

    The ability not to use the Adoptive Memory feature of Marshmallow, where an SD card can be formatted to act as internal memory, may be a DEAL BREAKER for me! Can others confirm if this is true or not? Come on Samsung, I thought you had LISTENED to your customers.....no 128GB internal memory option at least if Adoptive Memory is not allowed?

    If the S7 had 128GB internal memory this would not matter , but ONLY 32GB internal memory, without any other options, is pathetic! My poor 16GB S5 Active, which I love, is totally full even with a 64GB SD card. I can't even update ATT updates let alone a later version of Android. I'm a power user so right now I would need 60GB just to install my existing apps, etc on a new phone, and I don't even know if I can install the apps on Marshmallow SD card that I can on my S5 SD card - does anyone know this?

    So, NO SAMSUNG, or LG G5, FOR ME (hopefully the reports are wrong or this feature will be updated SOON). Looking at upcoming Sony, HTC and Motorola phones that will HOPEFULLY have Adoptive Memory. Otherwise will just keep my full but useable S5 and hope for a better phone in 2017!

    Does anyone know if you can still install SOME apps onto the SD card as can be done in Android 4.4?

    Thanks for anyone who may have this information.
  4. Snakeyeskm

    Snakeyeskm Android Expert

    I believe the HTC A9 has adoptive memory capability. Apparently many manufacturers are concerned about the durability of existing SD cards when they are facing extensive read/write/caching activity in this mode. Any failure of these cards would create major issues across the phone. Best of luck.
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  5. KupKrazy

    KupKrazy Android Enthusiast

    The last article I read said that the GS7 will not support adoptive memory but who knows in the future if they might enable it via firmware update. I certainly see the utility in it, but I likely wouldn't use it since I use the extra memory primarily to store music/photos/docs. I've only seen the 32GB for pre-order so it would suck for people who like to save a number of games since the 32GB would fill up very fast. There is still eventually going to be a 64GB version right? Or did I misread.

    My Note 4 has 32GB and a 128GB microSD card. I have about 7GB remaining internally, and about 20GB remaining on my microSD card.
  6. Snakeyeskm

    Snakeyeskm Android Expert

    It's interesting, as a non-gamer I would not like to extend the vulnerability of my phone to a failing SD card, as a gamer I would really miss that feature and the ability to load several games.
  7. Nick The Great

    Nick The Great Well-Known Member

    I generally put pictures and music on a card, but would like this to at least be an option. Oh well, what do I know . . .
  8. ChadWilliam1

    ChadWilliam1 Well-Known Member

    The lack of this feature. Will cause me to go to something else. I was considering this even though I really wanted a 64 gig phone. I can not see why this is only a 32 gig to begin with. It is suppose to be a top of the line phone. 32 gig is too small and with out the adaptive memory feature it is useless to me. I would rather have the lack of a micro sd slot and a 128 gig option like the S6.
  9. Pinhead117

    Pinhead117 Newbie

    I don't game on my phones...is 32 GB going to be enough storage? Obviously I can put tons of music and pictures on an SD card and these will still be accessible on this phone??
  10. Snakeyeskm

    Snakeyeskm Android Expert

    Without games and with music, photos and video on the SD card, 32 GB will be more than enough space for your apps. Nongame apps tend to be, relatively, very small in size.
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  11. Pinhead117

    Pinhead117 Newbie

    Thank you because I wasn't sure after reading a few articles on this topic. Perhaps Google will allow the adoptive SD support with future software updates?
  12. ChadWilliam1

    ChadWilliam1 Well-Known Member

    I don't game and my 32 is full. It is not like you have 32. Format size will be less and the operating system will eat up half of that or more
  13. ChadWilliam1

    ChadWilliam1 Well-Known Member

    A top tier phone should come with at least 64 gigs of internal storage plus an sd slot
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  14. Pinhead117

    Pinhead117 Newbie

    So what exactly is Samsung trying to do with the S7?
  15. jack58

    jack58 Android Expert

    Not an issue for me! 64GB (will have choice of 32-64GB here in states) will be enough for stuff that can't be put on the microSD card. I put my pictures, video, music and other files on the SD card. I have a 128GB ready to use right now that's in my Note 4. That is more than enough.

    BTW Hadron, I got booted off the AndroidCentral forum twice now the past year. :( The moderators over there are waaaay too strict and controlling over there... never had a problem on this forum. I actually posted the same exact thing on this forum that I got banned for over there.
  16. Snakeyeskm

    Snakeyeskm Android Expert

    Are you saying that your app's alone use 20+ gigabytes in storage capacity?
    That's a lot of apps. Normally, without an SD Card, it's photos music etc. that jam up the internal storage.
  17. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Nothing to do with Google. They provide the feature, Samsung decide to remove it.

    LG have done the same with the G5 by the way.
  18. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
    VIP Member Thread Starter

    Well I guess it's up to them how they play things ("their house, their rules" as EarlyMon would say), but yeah, they do wield the ban hammer more freely than we do here :(.
  19. ChadWilliam1

    ChadWilliam1 Well-Known Member

    Here are my totals

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  20. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guest

    Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings,but,US Carrier models only come in the 32GB flavor:

  21. jack58

    jack58 Android Expert

    Well, no matter... 32GB is still enough as I only use half that on my current Note 4. I'll have 128GB microSD that will be more than enough for my photos/music/videos. I'm just glad they brought back the microSD support.

    The Best Buy is misleading then as on their Huge Samsung poster, they list 32/64GB.
    I'll take a picture next time I'm there.
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  22. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guest

    They may very well sell the 64GB option,but,an unlocked/carrier free model,as they do sell some of those currently on other models.............
  23. Riche101

    Riche101 Android Enthusiast

    "Apparently many manufacturers are concerned about the durability of existing SD cards when they are facing extensive read/write/caching activity in this mode. Any failure of these cards would create major issues across the phone."

    Hmm sounds a bit of a serious risk if falils, or sd card getting corrupt or lost. Before it becomes mainstream would need serious testing.
  24. sincere11105

    sincere11105 Newbie

    I think they should have implemented it but understand why. It will be stuck to that phone and not able to place it on the PC. They should have added it by turning the option off by default and allowing you to enable it in developer settings
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  25. ChadWilliam1

    ChadWilliam1 Well-Known Member

    Size of apps are only growing I am downloading mortal kombat which is 1.25 gigs. I had to delete some apps to make it fit and transfer some. I would like to see a 128 gig internal and a slot for a 200 gig micro sd.

    I am leaning towards the v10 at this point unless htc offers more storage than what is rumored at the moment.
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