Chris took us back to the early days of driver information systems at IFA:
Better guidance for drivers is an old dream. Already at IFA in 1973, a new technology was shown, ARI “Auto Radio Information”. When the broadcasters introduced the service one year later, car radios identified stations with traffic information with a yellow light. In 1981 the car radio got station identification and at IFA 1983, Travel ARI was introduced, which informed the driver that travel information was available even if he was listening to another station without such information.
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Listener Tom in Erie, Pennsylvania listens on 107.1FM WPSE and asked us about the memory on his Samsung S4
Great question, Tom. Samsung does sort of hide that option on you. Here’s what you do. Open the Camera app. Look for the settings icon in the lower left corner. It looks like a gear. Tap that.
Now look for and tap on Storage Location. This the tricky part because on a lot of Galaxy phones, it seems you have to scroll down some to find it. Once you do, however, it’s a simple thing to select your memory card as the location where all future photos will be stored.
This works on all Galaxy phones from the S2 to the S5. It does not work on the S6 because, for some reason, Samsung decided that expandable memory was not a feature worth keeping.
The real culprit might be Google. Google has been pushing for phones with larger internal storage that don’t have to rely on SD cards, and they have legitimate reasons for wanting to get rid of them.
SD cards have limitations that they can’t easily get around, for example, any app that resides in an SD card can’t be started automatically, that means that users may not be able to see push notifications they expect to see, or they may not be able to use widgets, for example.
Google wants everything to open quickly and they want the user experience to be reliable and predictable, basically they want the phone to “just work,” so they’re having to adopt the same compromises that Apple did when the original iPhone came out. So, Tom, for now, enjoy the fact that you can get your photos onto an SD card, but when you replace your phone be ready to need to look for a device with more internal storage, because external SD cards are on Google’s hit list.