Samsung just announced that it has begun mass manufacturing of the industry's first 256GB Universal Flash Storage chips for high-end mobile devices. The new memory is nearly twice as fast as typical SATA-based SSDs found in PCs. Using two lanes of data transfer, the new chip can move data at up to a blistering 850MB per second.
Sequential writing speeds clock in at a rate of up to 260MB a second, or about three times faster than high-performance external SD cards. What this translates to is buttery-smooth frame rates when the chip is tasked with the playback of Ultra HD video files, even while simultaneously multitasking in a split screen. Read More
So, you've got a massive library of media, and you absolutely must have as much of it with you as possible at all times? Sounds like you need a gigantic microSD card (and a phone that supports it, but that's a story for another day). But oh, the cost! Well, there's a sweet deal on a PNY card today at Amazon. 128GB for thirty-five smackers. Read More
SanDisk has a number of products geared toward mobile devices, and two of the most popular are getting an update today with new top-tier storage options. The Wireless Stick now comes in a 200GB version and the Dual USB Drive has a 128GB variant. Both are already listed on Amazon too. Read More
Phones are increasingly shipping without microSD card expansion slots, but you can still stick it to the man by getting cheap expandable memory for plenty of devices. Today you can save a few bucks on Transcend microSD cards on Amazon. The 64GB and 128GB varieties are on sale for up to 72% off full retail. Read More
Samsung is upping its microSD card game. Today the company announced its new 128GB PRO Plus memory cards. Compared to the existing 128GB EVO Plus cards, these offer significantly faster write speeds. Read More
Last month, Microsoft made a very unpopular decision to cut back on OneDrive storage for all of its users, reducing unlimited Office subscriber plans to 1TB, replacing paid 100GB and 200GB plans with 50GB ones for newcomers, and taking 10GB back of free storage on all regular user accounts. The justification given was an "abuse" of the unlimited plan by some users who had created backups of multiple computers and stored over 75TB of storage. In response, the user uproar explained that "unlimited" is, by definition, unlimited, and Microsoft should have put a limit from the first place if it didn't want users to surpass a certain capacity. Read More
The price on SanDisk's largest microSD card just keeps dropping like a rock. I mean, like... a rock with another heavier rock tied to it or something. After hitting $135 about a week ago, the 200GB microSD card is now $99.99 on Amazon. That's a lot of storage. Read More
Google gives you a choice when you back up your images to Google Photos: do you save them at their original size or do you let Google store a compressed "high quality" version? The former counts against your storage space, while the latter doesn't. Unfortunately when you choose one, you're kind of stuck with the decision. You can opt to change how you save future photos, but you can't go back to compress those shots you previously saved at their original quality.
This is about to change. Tomorrow, Google will introduce the option to downgrade those previously uploaded images. Read More
Here's a piece of news that should revolt those of you who have been wooed by Microsoft OneDrive's generous storage options: the service is updating its plans to slash those storage options left and right. Insert whooshing sword sound effect.
Writing on the OneDrive blog, the team explains that some Office 365 consumers reaaaaalllllyyyy took advantage of their unlimited storage feature and uploaded about 75TB of data by backing up multiple computers and saving entire movie and DVR libraries. That's why you can't have nice things anymore. Some users abused the system and now the service is cutting down everyone's plans in order to focus more on the core of its experience: collaboration. Read More
Even budget phones are pretty good these days, but most of them suffer from an unfortunate lack of storage. 8GB seems to be the standard (with some going as low as 4GB), and that isn't helped by manufacturers' habit of including a ton of apps you might not need or want. Sony got some negative feedback for the Xperia M4 Aqua's 8GB on the base model, but it looks like they've taken it to heart: the latest update to the phone removes quite a few previously standard apps, freeing up some much-needed storage.
Xperia Blog did a pretty great breakdown on the phone's original storage situation, which left just 1.25GB of free space for users after Android 5.0 and all the included apps. Read More