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How Windows Mobile Handles SD Cards

The Windows Mobile Team Blog has a very interesting post by Mike Calligaro about what happens when you insert an SD card in a Windows Mobile device. It explains why that song you paused ten minutes ago isn’t paused anymore: if the phone display switches off and the phone goes into suspend, then when it resumes, Windows Mobile checks the card to make sure it is still in there, losing your progress in that hour-long podcast.

Okay, if this is a well-considered design decision, and not a bug (as I had always assumed), then the development team needs to consider finding a work-around. If you have to essentially reset the SD card, why not give Windows Media Player on Windows Mobile a save progress feature that remembers the last place you were, and one-click lets you get back to that point. Or, at the very least, let me save my own progress. Even if I remove the SD card, what’s the worst that could happen?

I’m hoping someone at Microsoft is planning a major media player update to Windows Mobile. Phones are slowly going to take a huge part of the portable media market, and that means the music interface on Windows Mobile needs to be as good as the one on the iPod, if not the iPhone.

January 14th, 2007 Posted by Nathan Weinberg | General, Windows Mobile | no comments
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