How important is it to be able to save apps on the memory card


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  1. frankiepapa

    frankiepapa Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Looking at all the pros and cons from froyo got me wondering, how important is it to put the apps on the memory card? I was actually curious about saving some items in the phones internal memory, ie movies, etc.
     

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  2. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love VIP Member

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    Well, if you save the movies, and fun apps, like games, etc., on an SD card, you can keep your internal memory free for more important data, and useful phone apps. Also, when that SD card fills up, you can get a new one. That way, your memory becomes pretty much infinite. If you fill up your internal memory with movies, etc, it will slow down your phone somewhat, and internal memory will fill up pretty fast.
     
  3. 81_

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    yes, why, because of lack of interal storeage.
     
  4. TheAndroidWorks

    TheAndroidWorks Well-Known Member

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    It is not a huge deal unless you have a large amount of large 3D game apps and max out your internal storage.
     
  5. MaxOmus

    MaxOmus Well-Known Member

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    In comparison to say the good old G1, where apps2sd is pretty much a necessity the Evo has plenty of room for apps for the most part, yeah if your into gaming, alot of those will suck up your space fairly quickly, but as far as installing your standard apps, you should be fine for the most part, just keep your videos & music on the SD...
     
  6. AlwayzRight

    AlwayzRight Well-Known Member

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    Ummm if you get a new phone or your phone breaks how ele are you going to move them all on another phone?
     
  7. mynamewastaken

    mynamewastaken Well-Known Member

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    You just re-download them all. If they're free, they're free.. if you paid, just be logged in to the same google account you bought them with, and you don't have to pay again. There's no need to 'move' apps, per se.

    If you want to automate this, sign up with appbrain.com, install their app, and they'll keep track of what you have so you don't have to remember. It's sounding like Android 3.0 (Gingerbread) will have something like this native, too.
     
  8. mynamewastaken

    mynamewastaken Well-Known Member

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    As for the OP's question, I've moved a bunch of apps to SD just because I can, but even at 171 apps installed, I've still got PLENTY of internal storage available.

    This does remind me though, is there an option to put newly installed apps to SD automatically? If there is, I haven't seen it and I've looked for it.
     
  9. freeza

    freeza Well-Known Member

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    How do you have that many apps with PLENTY of internal storage left?
     
  10. damewolf13

    damewolf13 live~laugh~love VIP Member

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    I wondered that myself.
     
  11. GirlGoneGeek

    GirlGoneGeek Well-Known Member

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    I write articles and app reviews for a few websites so I am constantly downloading, installing, and uninstalling apps as I try them out. I'd love to be able to keep them all on the SD card so I can manage them (and mass delete them) from my computer instead of having to go one-by-one for each of the 15+ apps I try out every week.

    That and saving internal memory, easier to reinstall on new phone, etc., etc.
     
  12. Babbit

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    It's important if you want Android to get higher quality apps or games in the future. For example, right now you can download a hundred Android games and still have lots of space left over because most Android games are pretty simple. However, some iPhone games from big developers can get into the hundreds of megabytes. One of the reasons you don't see high quality games ported to Android is because of the space issue. No one will download a game if that one game takes up all your phone's memory.
    Also, apps with large data bases such as Navigation Apps with maps built in can take a couple gigs. Our phone's small internal storage can't handle things like this without an SD card.
     
  13. Super Noob

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    I ran out of internal memory on my Samsung Moment quickly, but I haven't had that warning on my Evo yet.

    There have been a few posts where people ran out of space on the Evo though.
     
  14. mynamewastaken

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    Because a large number of apps are in the hundreds of K.

    From AppBrain:

     
  15. mynamewastaken

    mynamewastaken Well-Known Member

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    That's actually not the problem.

    Just because the code of an app must live in internal storage (before 2.2), that doesn't mean it's data must. Think about it, when you take a picture, the camera app can quite happily save to your SD card, the Gallery app can quite happily load from your SD card. You just have to give your app permission to read/write the SD card. A game could quite easily download/install all of it's data on the SD card in the same way.

    Look at your SD card, you'll find tons of folders created by various apps (one grip is that many uninstall and leave their junk behind, that's bad coding.)
     

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