It was in January 2015, almost four years ago, when Google first introduced the Android feature called Adoptable Storage, which would allow users of devices compatible with microSD cards, to use these expansion media as an extension of their own internal memory. of the phone, so that users could install all their applications without occupying the internal space of the device, in addition to other added advantages such as greater security thanks to the content would be encrypted, in addition to improving performance when accessing the data hosted on the card.
However, for some reason, Samsung is one of the few brands that over the years has refused to introduce this feature in the software of their phones … and with Android Pie that will not change.
This has been assured from SamMobile, and is that in the latest builds of Android Pie for the Samsung Galaxy S9, Note9 and Note8, it has been discovered that this useful functionality is still not present, which indicates that one more year the holders of any of the South Korean models can not take advantage of one of the most important advantages developed by Google for all those who use a microSD on their phones.
Four years later, Samsung still does not include Adoptable Storage on their phones
On several occasions, Samsung has argued that the reason why this feature is not included in their phones, is because “it is a function dedicated to cheap terminals with low internal memory, and that most users use microSD to store files and move them from one device to another. ”
This statement, in part, makes sense because when using a microSD on Android with Adoptable Storage, the card is formatted to be used as an extension of the internal memory, and if you want to use it on other devices, it would be necessary to reformat the card or else it will not work correctly. Still, that Samsung does not offer this feature as an option that the user can choose whether to activate or not, is unjustifiable in my opinion.
The doubts about whether Samsung would have decided to retract and finally introduce this function, arose from the fact that in the first betas of Android 9 for the Galaxy S9 and Note9, there were indications that suggested the possibility that this feature was enabled. However, this has not been the case in the end, and users will not be able to take full advantage of their microSD, even with Android Pie.
Anyway, this is not the first time that Samsung refuses to introduce native features of Android in the software of their phones. As I mentioned in my analysis of the Samsung Galaxy A9 in 2018, it is unforgivable that by the end of 2019 Samsung still has not adopted the Seamless Updates system, which considerably reduces the time that an Android device becomes inoperative while installing an OTA update. Function that, from Android Nougat, is available in almost all Android smartphones of all manufacturers.
We do not know if Samsung will change its mind sooner or later and finally decide to give the option to activate Adoptable Storage to users of their mobile phones updated to Android Pie, but today it seems quite unlikely that the company will give its arm to twist.