Android and Me

3 Ways To Get More Storage Space On Your Android G1

6 years ago 11

Did you know the 71MB available for installing applications on your G1 is actually a feature?  By limiting the number of apps you can install, you can also limit peoples purchases.  This way only the top apps will get used and all the small developers will stop making apps.  Sounds kind of stupid, right?

Take a quick scan of any Android related site or forum and you will most likely find people complaining about the limited internal memory for the HTC G1.  I have actually seen people try and defend the storage space, but there is no logical reason I see for not allowing apps and games to be partially installed on the users SD card.  If you ever want to see games like Spore Origins(80MB) make their way to Android then the SD card must be untilized.  There are however, 3 things you can do to address this frustrating issue.

1. Gain root access to your phone.  The most direct measure to get apps installed on your SD card is to do it yourself.  You can install a prebuilt environment that already supports apps on your SD card that you have formatted to accept.  Gaining root access does not take much time for the advanced user, but it is not suggested for the beginner.  The mod does prove that this feature is possible, but it needs to be implemented by Google to allow the option.

2.  Uninstall everything and do not purchase paid apps.  I have seen several people and devs say they are going to boycot the Market, but I think that is a little harsh.  I instead suggest that you select the “I need more space on my phone” option when you remove an app.  This information is collected by Google and available to the devs.  If they see a majority of people removing paid apps because of limited space, I think the devs will become more vocal in their support of this feature.

3. Contact Google and make your voice heard.  Previously, one of the biggest complaints against Android was the lack of moderation on comments found in the Market.  It took several months, but after many people complained the feature to mark comments as spam was finally added.  Since then, the number of spam has been significantly reduced.  This does show that if enough people make noise, then priority is given to an issue and it is addressed.  If you would like to share your opinion with Google, I suggest posting on the 3 following threads:

If you are content with the current storage space, then do nothing.  If you would like to see things change, then I suggest you speak out and make a post.