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    Improved SD card implementation coming in Android 5.0

    Hey everyone.
    In these last few months as many devices received their KitKat updates there has been a considerable amount of complaints in respect to how apps are able to access files on external SD cards. As it stood, simple apps like file managers, music apps and photo galleries could not function properly. It looks like google is about to loosen the restrictions bound to SD cards with its latest OS update "Lollypop"

    This article in Android Central explains the situation best Android 5.0 Lollipop changes the way your SD card works ? and that's a good thing | Android Central


    Using this new method, a developer can now declare a permission*on installation (that's part of that list of items we usually gloss over) to do "things" on device storage — including removable (read: SD cards) storage. One of the things they can do is allow you to choose what folder(s) on the SD card you want the application to be able to change. This could be one folder — like "Music" — or the top level folder. Anything*inside*this directory can be read, written, and possibly deleted.

    Simply put, this means that an app like*Poweramp*can now edit tags on the songs you have in the Music folder. Or a photo editor can save to the Pictures folder, and not just its*own*folder. Or a file manager can move files around on the SD card. All the developer needs to do is update the app with the new methods.
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    this has me enthused. The only other question is if we can root to still enable exposed modules? I plan on skipping 4.4 entirely (currently on 4.3 tf701). I hope ASUS can provide us Android 5 in 2015!

 

 

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