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.
The latest version of Android offers a lot of performance upgrades and some new whiz-bang features. Phone Scoop takes it for a spin on the Galaxy Nexus.
Jun 27, 2012
Google today announced version 4.1 of its Android OS for smartphones. Nicknamed "Jelly Bean", the new OS is designed to be faster overall, and revamps keys parts of the interface.
Nov 14, 2011
Google today made the source code of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available to developers. This build of Android is the specific version that will ship on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, and is numbered 4.0.1.
Nov 21, 2011
Google confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone, does not ship with Adobe's Flash Player for Mobile. Flash is not preloaded on the Galaxy Nexus, and is not available for download from the Android Market to the Galaxy Nexus.
Nov 29, 2011
Adobe today indicated that it will provide an update to the Adobe Flash Player 11.1 and AIR 3.1 runtimes in December in order to bring Flash compatibility to the Galaxy Nexus. The Galaxy Nexus will not support Flash at launch.
Honestly, why would I want such a phone that is hamstringed out of the gate? For what, ICS? Not really worth it to me.