08-28-2014 03:44 PM
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  1. jonnyships's Avatar
    ES is doing something tricky. Some files will delete, some won't, and you won't know until you reboot the device. I'd hate to copy a gig of photos over and find out only half of them copied over or none of them.

    It also doesn't solve apps like PocketCasts or my handful of emulators that can't write to the SD anymore.
    08-11-2013 11:54 AM
  2. planoman's Avatar
    ES is doing something tricky. Some files will delete, some won't, and you won't know until you reboot the device. I'd hate to copy a gig of photos over and find out only half of them copied over or none of them.

    It also doesn't solve apps like PocketCasts or my handful of emulators that can't write to the SD anymore.
    I saw your posts with the Dev of ez file explorer. I have not noticed this with es. I shut down every night and reboot every morning and all my changes to the external SD card have stayed. That is- moving photos from the camera folder in the internal memory to my pictures folder on the external SD card. I have also deleted older pictures from the external SD card (I have 1300 photos on it.)

    So it seems to be permanent for me unless I am missing something. Also Jerry mentioned he tested ES and it does work.

    Sent from my GT-I9505G
    08-11-2013 12:03 PM
  3. planoman's Avatar
    Anyone using the Amazon photo drive app to auto upload pics to? Thoughts about it?

    Sent from my kicka$$ GT-I9505G
    08-14-2013 11:32 AM
  4. maconsultant's Avatar
    So have we given up on getting this issue fixed.? I see everyone talking about work arounds, but the more work arounds we come up with the less they will feel pressured to fix this. I for one want this issue fixed. NOW
    08-15-2013 07:57 PM
  5. planoman's Avatar
    So have we given up on getting this issue fixed.? I see everyone talking about work arounds, but the more work arounds we come up with the less they will feel pressured to fix this. I for one want this issue fixed. NOW
    I have not given up but would feel better if they at least acknowledged the issue. The issue is this is such a small number of phones we have not had the impact.

    Has anyone hit them up on facebook or twitter? I do not use social media.

    Sent from my kicka$$ GT-I9505G
    08-15-2013 08:05 PM
  6. maconsultant's Avatar
    Planoman is 100% correct we are a small number of users that they probably just don't care..

    Sent from another Galaxy..
    S4 Google Edition...
    08-15-2013 08:07 PM
  7. maconsultant's Avatar
    So i just got off the phone with Samsung and the first rep wanted no parts of this and hung up.. The second rep spoke with a shift manager and he told me that they (Samsung) are aware of the issue (Thats good news) BUT he also said there is no fix coming from Samsung. He stated that Google will be furnishing the fix, but he has no eta. Now this news struck me as odd as Google wants to do away with the SD card so them coming up with a fix to re-enable write access to an SD card seems crazy.

    Ill keep a positive outlook..
    08-15-2013 08:55 PM
  8. planoman's Avatar
    So i just got off the phone with Samsung and the first rep wanted no parts of this and hung up.. The second rep spoke with a shift manager and he told me that they (Samsung) are aware of the issue (Thats good news) BUT he also said there is no fix coming from Samsung. He stated that Google will be furnishing the fix, but he has no eta. Now this news struck me as odd as Google wants to do away with the SD card so them coming up with a fix to re-enable write access to an SD card seems crazy.



    Ill keep a positive outlook..
    Good news I guess...I guess this phone is kinda in no man's land...in between Google and Samsung. Both can point the finger at the other. This should be Samsung's issue to fix and google pushes the update. If we have warranty issues with this they would go to Samsung not Google.

    I requested a refund on day 15 of having this phone and have not heard anything back from Google and that was last Friday. I probably will not send it back because even with this issue it is still a kick a$$ device!
    08-15-2013 09:04 PM
  9. maconsultant's Avatar
    Funny I just got an email from Google asking me to wipe my phone and if that doesn't fix it they want to send me a replacement device. I don't get them for a tech company they really seem to not have a clue.

    I told them to get a S4GE and test it themselves.. Rather than trouble shoot they want you to wipe your phone and waste your time. Such foolishness.

    Sent from another Galaxy..
    S4 Google Edition...
    08-15-2013 09:07 PM
  10. spacolin's Avatar
    For me the biggest problem with apps not being able to write to the external sd card for me is camera apps. The only camera app I found that had the option to save pictures AND videos directly after taking them to the sd card was "camera jb+" Which worked great before the 4.3 update. Right after I got the 4.3 update I emailed the developer of the app and explained the problem. He responded the next day and said he was working on a fix. If more people email him and ask for a fix maybe we can get this solved without a update from Google.
    08-16-2013 10:41 PM
  11. planoman's Avatar
    For me the biggest problem with apps not being able to write to the external sd card for me is camera apps. The only camera app I found that had the option to save pictures AND videos directly after taking them to the sd card was "camera jb+" Which worked great before the 4.3 update. Right after I got the 4.3 update I emailed the developer of the app and explained the problem. He responded the next day and said he was working on a fix. If more people email him and ask for a fix maybe we can get this solved without a update from Google.
    Yes the Dev for jb+ is awesome but I doubt he can fix the app. As I understand it the issue need root to fix and that makes it hard on developers. We need the OS fix with that kind of code added.

    Sent from my kicka$$ GT-I9505G
    08-16-2013 11:00 PM
  12. Laurie Dunnett's Avatar
    hi
    I have updated to 4.2.2 and can no longer write to the external sd card, I have tried using es explorer and various other apps without any success. I have been in contact via email with Samsung support and they advise doing a factory reset, but unless this downgrades to the previous android version I cant see it helping, has anyone found a fix yet?
    10-19-2013 03:56 AM
  13. Laurie Dunnett's Avatar
    have just updated to latest firmware version via kies3 and am now able to write to the sd card
    11-02-2013 05:53 AM
  14. crashvoodoo's Avatar
    If you're rooted. Download xposed framework and get a module that saves pics to the SD card instead of the main storage. There's one for Googles play music too.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 4
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    11-04-2013 06:55 PM
  15. neato's Avatar
    Hello folks, I have an ZTE Supreme, is a cheap phone prepaid, but I like it very much. It does have the same issue where you can only "transfer" media files to the 2nd External SD card then those files will be seen and you can access them, so currently I have a 16 GB Ext SD card and is full with music,video,movies and pics. It works just fine, I just have to be careful with the Apps I install and move them to the internal SD card. I played around with link2sd but it's a pain, you must partition the External SD card then link the Apps, Games and Utilities/Tools and it works ok but I like to keep things simple.

    This is taken from the Official Google Play Store product page:

    Use a microSD card (not included) to import photos, music, movies and more. <-- Notice nothing about saving to it.

    ....and, if that wasn't enough evidence (also from the official page):

    MicroSD card only compatible with select third party applications. Not compatible with Google services.

    Dunno, 16GB is just not enough for me to use WITH the camera. For apps only sure because I don't use too much, but not with the camera or HD video.
    01-10-2014 02:52 PM
  16. sjlitel's Avatar
    I got my GOOGLE PLAY (I9505G) version of he phone in December and struggled with the same issues. Within the 15 days I got the update notifications on the phone and did them and they rendered my S4 useless to write to the SD Card. They tried to blame the card so I took it to a local ATT store and the lady there had her ATT version of the S4 (dont know what ver of OS she was running) and the card worked fine. So Google replaced my phone and only told me they would replace the phone to me so I would go back to the original delivered OS of 4.2.2.

    So here is some interesting facts also.

    Did anyone ever did deep and find this page https://support.google.com/playediti..._topic=3450759

    Features not included:
    Air Gestures
    AllShare Cast Dongle
    Easy Mode
    External SD card compatibility with Google services
    Flash Player
    Group Play
    S-Beam
    S-Health
    Smart Dock
    SmartPause
    WatchOn
    Visual Voicemail


    Google support pointed this hidden gem out to me after my 15 days was up on the return.

    Also on the top of the Page for the main phone page https://play.google.com/store/device...sung_galaxy_s4 it says: All your Photos, Movies and Videos on a brilliant 5" FULL HD Screen. Now featuring the latest version of Android from Google

    Well there is your lie. It is NOT the latest as of when I bought it and in fact when you try to update the latest it kills functions on the phone

    Also there is more functions / settings missing on this phone for a standard S4 then we have. Have any friends who have the ATT or Verizon version? they seem to have about 2X as many settings. My favorite one I think is missing is the quiet time. You can set a time so the phone does not disturb you.

    Sounds to me like a bunch of us got taken. Nice company. they get so big and screw the customer. Oh yes has anyone ever found the real manual for this phone? Only one I can find is on the Samsung site and that manual lists a boatload more in this phone that when I asked Google they sent me an email telling m a BS answer on how the phone is optimized so they removed all the extra stuff we dont need. And oh yes in an email they admitted that the memory write issue is a bug with no known fix.

    Thank You Google. I know where next time I will not buy a phone. How to get screwed and played..

    Hopefully a google search will catch this.
    WARNING read this before you buy from Google an S4 Play edition of the phone. it is not a full version of the phone and it has memory write issues and it cannot be updated to any newer OS than 4.2.2... read this.

    Advise any friends stay away from this phone.
    03-02-2014 11:31 AM
  17. anon(522296)'s Avatar
    the greatest post of misinformation ive read ever....
    03-02-2014 11:13 PM
  18. jayess99's Avatar
    so, do we have to all be techies in order to use these damn things or could it be that samsung and the rest just don't give a hoot, they're more interested in impressing themselves? Because most of this stuff is unintelligible to the average person. So why bother having it if you can't use it? I've seen tv sets come up in size for the past 10-12 years and I damn sure aint going to watch tv or anything else on a 2 inch screen. These things, for the most part, are not good for making phone calls, so really, why bother?
    08-28-2014 03:44 PM
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