Android 5.0 Expands SD Card Functionality, Increases Security, Allows Full Directory Access

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  • 05 Nov 2014
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  • Android 5.0 has more features hidden under the hood, compared to what you’d expect and you better believe it! Aside from the improved battery life and new animations, the platform also expands the functionality of SD cards and the way they’re handled on Android.


    Even back in the days of the Android L Developer Preview, new APIs were added to allow applications to request access to directories owned by other providers. This has turned into new functionality in Lollipop, so for example the Storage Access Framework has expanded from offering third party apps the ability to ask for access to a single file or directory, to offering apps the option to never request access ever again.

    This means all future operations can occur seamlessly. But there’s more: apps that have to do with photos, music and video will have an easier time pushing content to the SD card. If an app places a file into a folder returned by getExternalMediaDirs, it’s basically available to any other application via the MediaStore service. This applies to the camera app or sound recorder easily.

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    SOURCE: Android Police
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