[I9505G] MicroSD app compatibility
UPDATE: Google's API changes to KitKat means the following, as per Google:
- An application may request broad read-oonly permissions for external storage. This means that the application will be able to read the MicroSD only.
- Applications cannot obtain permission to write to external storage. This means that file managers cannot edit/create/delete files on MicroSD anymore. This is a casualty of a change meant for security.
- With or without requested permission for external storage, an application may now modify conents of its assigned folder on external storage (IE, /android/data). This allows an application to offload content to external storage if the storage is considered "permanent," Ie, MicroSD is considered permanent while OTG is not.
The benefits to this change means that applications required less tweaking to offload their data to external storage. We saw this with the recent Google Music update (and I'm loving that). Even now, it seems updates to recent Google applications are preparing to utilize this functionality. Google's camera.apk has taken up residence on my MicroSD so I suspect that a future update will allow you to store to external storage.
The downsides are that file managers cannot make use of MicroSD anymore, aside from reading the contents. Consider it collateral damage.