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Old September 18th, 2013, 12:50 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by drexappeal View Post
Since ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), Google removed the ability to move apps to the SD card. So, even if it may indicate that apps are moved to the SD card (especially on older devices that got upgraded to ICS from Gingerbread), they might not work properly anymore.

On the Note 2, there is no "partition" of the internal storage, which was something that Motorola used to do with the internal storage (On the Motorola Photon, internal storage was split 8gb usable, 3gb apps, remainder for system). All of the internal storage is located in the same place (e.g. system files, app storage, and whatever else you want). So, out of 16gb, 6gb is used for Samsung's system info, as well as carrier bloat, and other miscellaneous files. That leaves 10gb of usable internal storage, which would be used for apps, games, and downloads that are not usable when moved to the SD, due to an app's protocol for reading the file.

As for saving "data" from apps, that's a different story. There are still many apps that allow for "backup" settings to be saved to the external SD. That still isn't an issue at all. Prior to ICS, users had the ability to completely (for the most part) move apps to the external SD card, so that only a minimal amount of internal storage was used for the app to still run. From my understanding, that is no longer a possibility to move majority of an app's protocol over to the SD, unless one roots the phone and performs the hack that identifies the internal storage as the microSD and vice versa.
Interesting thanks for the response. That explains some. Its a confusing move by Android to do that. And it partially explains why the external SD losses some of its value/appeal. I do plan to root my SN3 when it comes. I've not found the good forums to help with that, since its not out yet. Will need to look around for apps or hack that will mount the external sd to appear as an internal. I guess that what we would like right? then we'd effectively have a 96GB device.
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