• Nov 23, 2011
Android owners with a USB-equipped vehicle might not get all the connected benefits of their iPhone-touting friends, but at least they could plug in to access their tunes. Now it seems that Google's latest flagship won't even do that.

Speaking with the throngs on Reddit, Android engineer Dan Morrill confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can't support USB mass storage. Unlike other Android devices equipped with an SD card, your vehicle's infotainment system would mount your smartphone and recognize it as a drive. That's not the case with the Galaxy Nexus due to a new partition setup.

Thankfully, other devices upgraded to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) won't be affected by the issue, so Nexus S owners can sleep soundly. Of course, Bluetooth playback will still be supported, so that long drive to Grandma's house on Turkey Day won't be a tunes-free affair.

Interestingly, one automaker should be immune from the issue: Ford. The automaker's SYNC 1.0 and 2.0 infotainment systems supports MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), which the Galaxy Nexus uses to transfer files with Windows machines. And as you'll recall, Microsoft co-developed SYNC with Ford. However, representatives from Ford haven't been able to confirm if the new Nexus works with their system, and we've yet to receive word from other automakers about the issue.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Nexus was never competitive to begin with. My friend has it, and it is simply FULL of lag. Doing the same tasks takes his phone MUCH longer than my Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 to process. And I'm getting the Xperia pro soon which uses a more up to date, faster version of Android.
        Danny
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        This is the Galaxy Nexus which hasn't been released on any carriers in the US. Your friend must have a Nexus S or Nexus One which are older models. The Galaxy Nexus is completely lag free.
      gregmlr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Android is a rather limiting platform. I have a HTC Hero and it will not allow me to transfer files to and from my PC via Bluetooth, plus it's insanely slow. It will be my first and last smartphone.
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @gregmlr
        I wouldn't write off Android or "all" smartphones for that matter due to the performance of an older model smartphone that sports very slow processor speeds, low system memory, and older versions of software... that's like saying, I didn't like my Windows95 comp and I will never use a computer again.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      "the Samsung Galaxy Nexus can't support USB mass storage" :facepalm: Not that I would buy another Android device after my contract is up, but that's ridiculous that the supposed new "flagship" can't be used like this.
        Jeremy PHAN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        It's a byproduct of allowing applications to access the entire memory space. Before, the space for apps was separate than for other files (e.g. photos, music, etc.). Android v4.0 combines it all but the side-effect is that phones with internal storage can't allow outside devices to _directly_ access the partition (since you can't suddenly split the internal memory into apps, media, etc. for outside access). The issue is only limited to phones _without_ expandable memory (i.e. microSD cards).
      Maxximtl
      • 3 Years Ago
      I know that this isn't Engadget, but this phone is pretty disappointing on multiple fronts. I was an early adopter on the original Nexus, and I wouldn't consider buying any of the Nexuses that have followed. Google's decision to abandon HTC as the manufacturer was asinine. While it looks pretty good on paper, this is far from a flagship phone.
      zzg
      • 3 Years Ago
      ever heard of something called A2DP? Blame auto makes for not supporting it universally, because you know, it's a standardized interface specifically for this purpose.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @zzg
        [blocked]
          flychinook
          • 3 Years Ago
          Who buy Android's what? But yeah, I guess spending hundreds less, with the only bad point so far being the lack of a shiny fruit on my phone, makes me a loser. Yup.
      Andre Neves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Uh...thanks for the info AutoCatalog.
      John Johnson
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://phandroid.com/2011/11/23/usb-mounting-achieved-on-galaxy-nexus-high-praise-for-battery-life-due-forum-talk/ it is possible. & i cannot wait to get this phone
      clquake
      • 3 Years Ago
      Since Android is open source, someone will fix the problem, and it will get adopted by the next version of Android.
      FRED
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have no worries they will find a fix in no time....
      hohumsmaster
      • 3 Years Ago
      In previous post I meant to add that I have a Galaxy Nexus as well.
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