Samsung May Have To Re Think Their Galaxy Smartphone Strategy
Both the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are devoid of expandable memory slots. This is also a major turnaround for Google with both their last two Nexus smartphones having built in memory.
Android M allows microSD storage to be treated just like native storage which is ideal for music lovers and photographers.
The developer preview of the forthcoming Android M which was shown last week at the Google I/O conference revealed a feature whereby removable memory cards can be ‘adopted’ by the operating system and treated as though they were internal storage.
No special apps will be required to support the feature.
Recent smartphone flagships, such as the LG G4 and Samsung S6 are among a growing number to support saving photos in high-quality raw mode. Raw images contain the full amount of data captured by a camera’s imaging sensor without the lossy compression and throwing away of information necessary to convert them into the standard JPEG format most commonly used for sharing photos.
Raw images can deliver much higher-quality photos than JPEG, but come with two major disadvantages: The first is that raw images require post-processing in sophisticated software to get the most out of them, and the second is the sheer size of the files.
Taking the LG G4 as an example, a full-resolution JPEG will consume about 5MB of storage. Raw files, by contrast, always take up 19MB each per photo.
The G4 also supports shooting video in 4K UHD which, on the G$ takes up around double the storage of 1080p.
If you’ve purchased a 32GB handset, you may find your internal storage fills up very quickly, but with 128GB microSD cards available, you need never run out of storage space again. It can also save you money in the long run as you can take most of your memory with you to your next phone without having to pay for it all over again.
Unfortunately, this news is of no comfort to Galaxy S6 owners or indeed users of Google’s own Nexus range, it also leaves Apple iPhones out in the cold when it comes to expanded storage.