Android 4.0 Supports Mass Storage, But Galaxy Nexus Won't
According to Google, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich does support USB Mass Storage mode for external storage, but not for internal memory. The reason for this is because all systems running Android 3.0 and up unify how they see internal memory (meaning no longer separate memory for media storage and for applications). The code for Android 3.0/4.0 uses a protocol called MTP to manage internal memory. Windows-based PCs can recognize MTP and see it as a separate drive, but Apple computers do not. This means any device that has only internal memory for apps and media — such as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus — won't support USB Mass Storage. Devices that have external memory cards (i.e., microSD cards) will still be able to support USB Mass Storage. Using the new unified view of memory allows users to access their full storage allotment for applications while keeping the operating system safe. The trade-off is that many devices will no longer have traditional USB Mass Storage support. Instead, Android users will have to rely on a third-party syncing client that supports the MTP protocol to gain direct access to their device storage.
Lumia 950 is Microsoft's Flagship Windows 10 Phone
Microsoft today announced the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, its own flagship phones for its new OS, Windows 10. The phones support Windows Continuum for an optional full Windows Desktop experience when connected to a desktop monitor.
Sony's XA1 and XA1 Ultra Find a Home In the Middle
Sony today announced the XA1 and XA1 Ultra, two mid-range Android smartphones. These devices rely on the same design language seen on Sony's pricier handsets and share almost all internal components.
Google Play Music to Be Default Music Player on All Samsung Devices
Google and Samsung today said starting with the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Google Play Music will be the default music player and music service on Samsung phones and tablets globally. Consumers who buy the S8 or S8+ will receive a free three-month trial of Google Play Music, which offers ad-free access to some 40 million tracks.
Apple Retunes Apple Music for Android Devices
Apple today released Apple Music 2.0 for Android handsets and the app introduces a number of features found on the iOS version. To start, Apple Music for Android drops all elements of Google's Material Design in favor of Apple's app design language.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
Honestly, why would I want such a phone that is hamstringed out of the gate? For what, ICS? Not really worth it to me.