Why has Android abandoned USB Mass Storage?

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    I have been trying to figure out why the new phones are using MTP instead of USB mass storage. What was the problem with something that had become ubiquitous. With USB mass storage so popular, drivers are baked into every OS, TV sets, Cable boxes, Stereos, Cars and more. Just plug it in and go. This MTB crap barely works with anything. You need special drivers that work with specific devices. Basically, it sucks. I upgraded to an S3 last year and my car radio can no longer read my music files; I have to use Bluetooth. My little clock radio no longer reads my music and every computer I use has to have Samsung drivers installed. Does anyone know why Google doesn't like Mass USB?
     
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    I am surprised I am the only one affected by this. Lol.I guess that's why they got rid of it. Nobody uses USB mass storage.

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    In my opinion I think they're moving to mtp to make Android's os more similar to windows thus making phones and Android a complete computer replacement

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    Can't say I have any trouble with USB storage on my desktop. Auto installed, connected. I hate kies. Good in theory, way too cluttered for use.

    Don't know what MTP is either. Just know my phone also works fine with my BT transmitter in my car, which I occasionally plug in via USB to charge, but either way I can control the media with the device.

    Not saying this device is necessary or anything, just mentioning it works fine with my kinda random 3rd party transmitter (which is awesome btw!). Not sure if that's the same as what you're talking about though...
     
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    MTP doesn't require mounting the storage, therefore you can still access the data from your phone while connected to usb.

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    Yes. Like I said in my post. It works with Bluetooth, but that has nothing to do with USB. It will also charge fine. USB Mass storage allows your phone's data is treated like a usb drive. This means that practically any modern device can read it (xbox, ps3, computers, car radios, TV sets, blueray and DVD players, home stereos,etc.) You don't have to worry about compatibilty. If thw sevice reads a thumb/flash drive, you are good to go. For MTB to work properly, you must have special drivers installed or the device must support your device.

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    Link didn't work wind.

    Sorry, I should have emphasized the "via USB part." It's some random brand BT transmitter that also acts as an FM transmitter, has an SD card slot, and can be plugged in via USB to charge/play files directly off the phone. Still not sure if this helps at all, but just to clear up any confusion from my last post...
     
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    Thx, maybe I fixed it

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    Thx. I will check it out

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