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Can Apps be stored in MicroSD instead of Internal memory?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by TimMatrix, Apr 1, 2010.

  1. TimMatrix

    TimMatrix Member
    Thread Starter

    The HTC Desire has limited memory of around 570Mb RAM and 512Mb ROM. The MicroSD card can hold up to 32Gb.

    So, why can't HTC allow apps be stored in MicroSD card? If HTC/Google's concerned about piracy issues, i.e. copies of apps. from microSD card to another microSD card, etc. There is one way round to this problem: They could have installed some kind of unique crypto-key within the Desire's ROM, and any apps saved to the microSD card are automatically encrypted on-the-fly with this crypto-key. When apps are accessed, it is decrypted on-the-fly, too.

    In other words, apps will ONLY work with THAT phone it shares the SAME crypto-key. Putting a microSD card containing apps into another Android phone WILL NOT WORK, thus solving the piracy issue.

    Therefore, a message to HTC: PLEASE allow apps to microSD card (as much as 32Gb card) and BEAT iPhone/Nokia N900 at their game!


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  2. bulldog147

    bulldog147 Newbie

    Agree with you ! The internal memory of 570mb is a joke for applications as I want to use applications to expanding to my 8GB SD memory instead. Big disappointed ! Going to complaint this to HTC.

    Why is HTC desire cost
  3. DaveDesire

    DaveDesire Newbie

    I don't think you'll get very far with that "complaint".

    We are led to believe that this issue is something Google plans to address in a future update(although a long time coming). However, protecting the market from piracy will be paramount for them if the market is to keep on growing. More downloads = more/better developers = more/better apps.

    There are some clever people that use the OS that will be more than willing to find a way past encrypted files.

    Why HTC seem to be making phones with little internal storage I don't know
  4. nekromantik

    nekromantik Well-Known Member

    As far as I can understand, you need a rooted Desire to be able to install a custom Rom that can save apps to SD using AppstoSD.
  5. DaveDesire

    DaveDesire Newbie

    Correct. Which isnt an option just yet.

    Oh and dont forget that the iphone is bought by people who get off on how many gb's they've got in their pocket because that's what Apples clever marketing tells them is the most important thing in the world
  6. lazarus101

    lazarus101 Member

    Their so called anti-piracy protection is a bad joke anyway, if you root your device you can copy any installed app.
  7. lekky

    lekky Lover

    We'll post here when rooting your desire becomes an option, its something I will be doing straight away simply to gets apps2sd like you want!
  8. TimMatrix

    TimMatrix Member
    Thread Starter

    I agree, but I certainly don't want to root my Desire, as yet. I would do that, after the warranty has expired. I only got this Desire, less than a week ago, and to root it right away, would mean an instant "goodbye" to the warranty.

    I'd rather wait for the official position with Google/HTC for the anticipated Firmware Update. This way, we retain the warranty, et al.

    @DaveDesire says "I don't think you'll get very far with that 'complaint'" -- I disagree. The more people complaining directly to Google about lack of memory space for apps, the better it is for Google to be convinced and start resolving this memory limitation. After all, Google wouldn't want to lose its customer base to rival companies, would they? Customers are always KING as long as they know what to part their money on. When customers start telling (gossip, forums, etc) that Desire offers less memory space for apps than iPhone, people'll think, "Oh? That's not good, I'll look elsewhere".

    Pundits believes that 2010 is the Year of the Android. Google better not lose that reputation, and act FAST, to prove that Android is a FAR FAR BETTER option to go for, than Apple's or Nokia's.

    iPhone = 16Gb capacity.
    N900 = up to 32Gb capacity.
    All can store apps in them.

    Desire = 512Mb capacity
    Cannot use MicroSD card (potentially up to 32Gb) for apps.
    That's sound awful.

    Any thoughts?

    Hope this helps?will start considering this.
  9. Lukehluke

    Lukehluke Android Expert

    Root your device and then put them on your SD Card.
  10. TimMatrix

    TimMatrix Member
    Thread Starter

    No, I won't risk losing the warranty if I root my HTC Desire.

    The more we complain directly to Google, the better it is for Google to start working towards v2.2 or v2.3 which would fix the memory issue.
  11. bendip

    bendip Newbie

    of all the mooted fixes and upgrades ( hi def rec, divx etc ) that may or may not roll out over the next year, i dearly hope storing apps to sd isn't last on the htc list...i've had my desire for just over a week and i'm already deleting "old" apps to try out new ones...that can't be good for app developers or users
  12. dbennell

    dbennell Lurker

    Yeah same i have the HTC desire too and am loving it apart from the fact that I have run out of room for apps while still having gigs of free space on my micro SD!
  13. Quboid

    Quboid Android Enthusiast

    Rumour has it that a near-future version of Android will fix this. I hope so, it's a stupid limitation. That said, I've no idea how much space I've used but I haven't hit any problems on my Hero. Perhaps that's because developers are limiting their programs' art and other resources to fit, which would suck.
  14. lekky

    lekky Lover

    rooting is a good option, very safe procedure and you can also easily get back to the official rom.
  15. TimMatrix

    TimMatrix Member
    Thread Starter

    Where would you get the official ROM from? Where do you download this? I'm sure the official ROM may not have branding, i.e. T-Mobile's, and this may invariably invalidate the warranty.

    I don't know if it is easy to perform a rooted Android. Is there a clear, I mean, ABSOLUTELY clear step-by-step instructions SPECIFICALLY for the HTC Desire (not Nexus one, not anything else)?
  16. lekky

    lekky Lover

    Not yet, we can't root yet. But I'll make sure there's a clear step by step guide on here when we can. When I say official ROM i mean the official one for your device, so the t-mob version.
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  17. mr-mixalot

    mr-mixalot Newbie

    Well I look forward to this in anticipation

    PS - Thanks for the links in your signature
  18. dm4evr

    dm4evr Lurker

    Hi there, ok, for most anyone who purchased a new Android device this year (2010),
    It's official! according to google, the new Android 2.2 version (and later the 2.3 version) coming out the 4th quarter of this year (although rumored to come out this month ((June))), will fix this issue and allow apps and all of there files to be stored on our storage cards.
    You may not get an automatic upgrade over the air, but an article I read made it sound like any phone that came out this year with 2.1 should be eligible for upgrade.
    Here is the article:
    HTC Will Upgrade Most Phones to Android 2.2, Android 2.3 on Track for Q4 - Mobile and Wireless from eWeek

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