Friday Poll: What do You Primarily Keep on Your MicroSD Card?

Thanks to numerous polls we have conducted in the past, we know where on the list of importance your phone having a microSD card is; extremely high. In fact, we have many readers who will apparently skip a device entirely if it does not feature expandable storage, but for others, it is much less of a deal breaker.

With Google and Motorola releasing the Nexus 6 with only two models, a 32GB and 64GB storage option, the lack of a microSD card slot may be a big deal. For the larger 64GB storage option, the price goes up another $50 to $699, which could be a deterrent to a few potential buyers. Keep in mind, 32GB of onboard storage will likely leave you with 22-27GB depending on the size of the system.

To make this short, we want to know what you need all of that additional microSD storage for. Do you need to have your music library with you at all times, unwilling to use precious data to stream it? Do you need countless photo galleries on your person at all times? Do you enjoy downloading large file games to your device?

The question is, what has you folks absolutely needing a microSD card on your phone? In the comments, please feel free to elaborate on your particular situation.

What do you primarily keep on your microSD card?

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Yes! The “Clear All” Notifications Button has Returned in the Latest Android 5.0 Build

That’s right, in the latest Android 5.0 “Lollipop” preview build that went live today, Google brought back the “clear all” notifications button. If you weren’t running either of the previous Android L previews, then you likely do not care at all. However, if you did, you already realize how big of a deal this is. Having to individually clear away 10+ notifications after not looking at your phone for a lengthy period of time is not fun.

Thank you, Google. Thank you for bringing it back.

Intel-powered Samsung Chromebook 2 Pre-order Available on Amazon, Priced at $249

Chromebooks generally sell well, but Samsung’s Chromebook 2 may not have done as well as the company had hoped it would. Perhaps the aging Exynos 5 Octa processor or questionable build quality left consumers unimpressed. Whatever the reason, the Korea-based electronics maker is making another go of it with a new and improved Chromebook 2 model that ditches ARM for Intel silicon. (more…)

Pre-order a Nexus 9 From HTC, Ships October 31

If you needed another storefront from which to order a shiny new Nexus 9, HTC itself should do you quite well. The manufacturer began accepting pre-orders for the 16GB and 32GB Wi-Fi variants earlier today, with the choice of either black or white outer casing.

Interestingly, HTC is the only retailer so far to offer a ship date of October 31. That is not to say it is the best place to buy the Nexus 9, as Best Buy might suit your fancy, and Prime members will probably favor Amazon, but given how inconsistent Play Store deliveries can be, HTC might prove to be a little more reliable than some of the competition. (more…)

Google Updates Material Design Guidelines, Provides Downloadable Assets for Developers

As we inch incrementally closer to the final release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, Google has provided developers with updated tools needed to leverage new APIs and conform with top stylistic practices. In the case of the former, the search giant seeded the SDK this morning. In a separate blog post today, Google turned its attention to aesthetics.  (more…)

Yes, Verizon Will Carry the Nexus 6.

Shortly after Google and Motorola announced the Nexus 6, AT&T, Sprint, US Cellular, and T-Mobile all confirmed that they would carry the device. T-Mobile even gave us a date of November 12 and a full retail price of $649, which matched Google’s. But what about Verizon? They have remained quiet since Wednesday, leaving many of you with questions.

We reached out to Big Red today to see what we could find out and they confirmed to us that they would be carrying the Nexus 6(more…)

Nexus 9 Keyboard Folio Will Run $129, Cover Case in Multiple Covers for $39

Two official accessories for the HTC Nexus 9 showed up on Google Play today, along with pre-orders for the device.

First, we have the Keyboard Folio, an attachable case that protects your Nexus 9 when traveling, but opens up as a full-blown keyboard. It runs $129.

Second, we have the official Cover case for the newest Nexus tablet, a case that folds in multiple ways to provide you with different viewing angles. The Cover will be available in four different colors schemes for $39.99.  (more…)