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Why don’t Google’s Nexus devices have SD slots?

The launch of Nexus 7, Google’s 7 ”tablet has brought with it a good number of confirmations and, one of them, is that Nexus range models, regardless of who makes them, do not include a memory card slot to expand storage space. The truth is that it is a surprising decision and, what is the reason that has led Google to make this happen?

Undoubtedly, it is not a question of cost of production, since the inclusion of the card reader does not cost more than $ 5, so it is not an impossible expense. And the design is not either, since there is plenty of space inside both the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 7 so that this component can be incorporated. So? Well, it seems, simply, a company strategy decision: try to increase the use of cloud storage services.

And there, Google knows what it plays. It has services of all kinds. Since Drive, which allows you to save files and even edit them using Docs, to Music, which is Google’s streaming music service (which has not yet arrived in Spain, it must be said). So you have your reasons as a company, which makes sense.

More reasons for it

But there are some operational reasons that have also pushed Google’s Nexus not to include a memory card slot. And, this reason is none other than file systems (the way in which the information of the data that is saved is structured). The use of the combination of FAT and EXT causes the data transfer speed to be inadequate and, therefore, it is possible to cause some application access problems. Ideally, the system used is EXT, something that users do not do with their cards since their compatibility – for example with Windows – is very limited.

Other The advantage of EXT is that access from the computer does not corrupt the stored information, something that has been proven to happen with FAT on microSD cards. Therefore, to avoid these problems, Google has decided to dispense with the use of this type of storage device in its Nexus.

Do you think reasons are sufficient? Do you think the real reasons are for users to migrate to the cloud?