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SD Express and SD Ultra Capacity promise nearly 1GB/s transfer rates and 128TB cards

The varying bus types, speed classes, and specification standards for SD cards can be confusing for the layman to navigate, but performance for the diminutive storage devices has been making a lot of progress over recent years. You can even buy one with over 500GB of capacity in a package smaller than a postage stamp, and now the SD Association is setting its sights on even bigger and faster cards with the new SD Express and SD Ultra Capacity standards as part of the SD 7.0 spec.

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Google Photos v3.12 prepares to redeem free storage codes, better support SD cards, and lets us know Austin is up to his most mystery-er feature yet [APK Teardown]

With that other major news event out of the way, it's time to move on to more interesting news – Google app updates. Late last night brought us a version bump to Google Photos. While there haven't been any notable changes popping into view yet, a teardown does present some pretty interesting revelations for the future. Fans of the free original storage promotion might soon have some options to enjoy that with other phones. If you've felt like SD card support wasn't up to snuff, there's reason to think that might be getting better soon. And finally, Austin has reappeared with the most curious of features yet.

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SD Association announces new 'App Performance Class' for SD cards

The SD Association is the trade group which oversees the specification for (you guessed it) SD cards. SD Specification 5.1 is about to roll out, and there's something of particular interest for Android users in there—a new app performance class for cards that have been certified to be fast enough to run apps on your phone.

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Google Maps v9.31 Beta promises SD storage for offline maps, installs to N Preview 4 with fix for Android Auto, and more [APK Teardown + Download]

A brand new update for Google Maps just started rolling out last night and it's definitely a big one. Perhaps the most important detail is that this is the first installable on the Android N Developer Previews. The Timeline screen has also gone through a partial redesign and gained a couple of new tricks. However, the really interesting things are coming in the teardown. In fact, there's so much stuff that the teardown portion is going to be split into a second part. Let's get to the good stuff.

Note: according to a post on the issue tracker, this could be a beta release.

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[Deal Alert] PNY MicroSD Cards And Other Flash Memory Up To 70% Off For Today's Amazon Deal Of The Day

I'm a fan of microSD card slots. I know, I know, there's absolutely no reason to have this debate right now. You either prefer to have expandable memory or you don't particularly care.

If you're on #TeamGiveMeMoreCheapStoragePlease, then now may be a good time to head over to Amazon.

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Facebook v37 Is The First Version That Can Be Moved To An SD Card, But It's Kind Of Weird Right Now

Google may not love SD cards anymore, but there are still plenty of users who do. If you're packing an SD card in your phone or tablet, there's a surprise coming your way. The v37 beta release of Facebook can be moved from the internal storage to the SD card, but there are some weird things going on with the implementation.

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Left: on internal storage, Right: on SD card

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[Android M Feature Spotlight] External Storage Can Be 'Adopted' As True Internal Storage Or Accessed Normally With No Additional Apps

You know how Google hates microSD cards and everything they stand for? Well, Android M might signal a change of heart. In the dev preview, there's support for adopting removable storage as part of the system and treating it as internal. You can also plug in and use USB drives on stock Android without any additional apps.

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[Deal Alert] Lexar UHS-II SD And UHS-I MicroSD Memory Cards In 32GB, 64GB, And 128GB Sizes At Deep Discounts For Amazon Gold Box Deal Of The Day

Today's Amazon Gold Box daily deal is all about Lexar memory, and in not-so-modest sizes and speeds. Nope, these are not your bottom of the barrel memory cards and flash drives on offer. Those most relevant to your phone needs, the microSD cards, boast UHS-I/U3 speeds, meaning they meet the second-most rigorous speed specification in the industry. The deals are good too, matching the lowest price Amazon has ever offered for them.

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You'll see 32, 64, and 128 gigabyte variants of the microSD and the larger two sizes for the SD card. The microSD cards are, as previously mentioned, rated for 95MB/s read speeds in accordance with the UHS-I specification.

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[Deal Alert] Amazon Has A 64GB MicroSD Card For Just $26.49, And A Bunch Of Other Memory On Sale Today Only

You can never have too many SD cards. By the time you have one in all of your devices, the next thing you know, you have another device. After that, an old one gets filled up. What's a person to do? Simple, wait for deals.

Today Amazon has a big heaping helping of memory cards on sale for as low as $7.99 (16GB). For people with more demanding storage needs, the 64GB MicroSD card is marked down to $26.49. That sure beats paying anywhere from double to quadruple that price elsewhere.

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Much of the available selection doesn't apply to phones, such as full-size SD cards and USB drives.

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