Both personal and enterprise mobile storage are on the rise, as the number of applications and different types and amounts of data proliferate. Expandable memory has become an important concern for IT teams seeking to handle this influx of data in the hands of their mobile workforce.

Higher-resolution photos and videos substantially increase the sizes of files, and enterprise applications can require the use of large data sets. As mobile devices replace both laptops and desktop computers for users who travel frequently or work in the field, all the data that used to reside on those systems must find a new home on a smartphones, tablets or in the cloud. However, the cloud can pose security issues and can lead to large data charges if files need to be continually accessed and returned to a cloud storage site.

Many new Android smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, include microSD slots to accommodate additional storage. As business users utilize more work-related apps and rely on devices for more productivity tasks, expandable memory becomes increasingly important, especially for larger institutions that wish to share files among users. For example, sharing 200 GB SD cards is much faster than downloading 200 GB in files to multiple mobile devices in an enterprise.

26 Apps Per Month

While many businesses institute limited personal use policies for corporate-issued mobile devices, the reality is employees will use their company smartphones for both work and personal tasks. According to Nielsen, smartphone users access over 26 apps per month, both work and play. The monthly time spent engaging with those apps increased from 23 hours in 2012 to over 37 hours in 2014. At the same time, the average file sizes for both photos and videos have quadrupled as resolutions double from 2K to 4K, and 8 to 16 megapixels. Apps and media files have driven up a smartphone’s internal capacities, but the microSD slot allows for expansion and for users to keep separate SD cards for different groups of apps (i.e., one for business and one for personal use).

Sales reps in the field increasingly use mobile devices to showcase product videos or collateral to customers. Even a small library of product videos or presentations can quickly eat up limited internal device memory. But expandable memory in the form of a 200 GB removable SD card can easily house this, and users can switch them in or out, enabling multiple collections of data.

Future-Proofing

The proliferation of personal and enterprise apps is set to continue, and the size of the files being stored will keep on rising, making the need for expandable mobile storage for business more critical than ever.

Rather than looking for mobile devices with internal storage of 64 GB or 128 GB, it may be more effective to choose a device with a microSD slot. Additionally, users should check to see what size of SD card is supported, as some devices may not allow cards larger than 32 GB, while others support 200 GB or more of storage per card.

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