Running Out of Space Need fix to move games and app to sd card
When the next OS updates come to do you think they will address sd card issue . Where we can move games to SD card as of right now we can't.
I need more space
- CrackBerry Addict
03-24-13, 10:09 PM #6
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- 03-25-13, 12:08 AM #8
Running apps from an SD card is a security issue. I doubt they will ever allow it.
Imagine someone gets your phone and doesn't have your password. They could pop in their SD card with a malicious app, that can hose your phone or steal your info.
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- 03-25-13, 08:37 AM #12
- 03-25-13, 08:49 AM #13
This issue boggles me.. granted I don't play games, and I get that they are a little bigger then some other the other apps due to the graphics and whatnot, but I have 11 pages of apps installed, loads of pictures, 5 email addresses synced, loads of attachments, extra ring tones, thousands of contacts.. you name it. And i'm sitting at 6.3GB used of my 16GB.. no complaints whatsoever over here..
- 03-25-13, 08:51 AM #14
- 03-25-13, 08:55 AM #16
- CrackBerry User
03-25-13, 11:11 AM #18
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If you could save applications on an SD card, it means that the SD card could be a vector for executable binaries from unknown sources, or a way to allow rampant application piracy.
Not going to happen if BB10 doesn't want to become another Android.
Not to dismiss Android: as a phone owner it is nice to know you can do whatever you want with your phone and customise it to the extreme, even tweak the OS or install an image downloaded from unsupported sources.
But this level of customisation also makes the platform inherently insecure and very fragmented, making IT support a nightmare.
Also, I don't know what the deal is with Gameloft games, but I wonder why they are so huge. 1GB is A LOT of data, and that is a bit much for a car racing or golf game IMHO.
- 03-25-13, 11:26 AM #20
- CrackBerry Master
03-25-13, 01:34 PM #21
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I'll chime in.
Given the excessive size of games for the Z10, I would also echo the OP's request
Over 2GB for Nova installed, Asphalt heat is 1.3GB - heck, I hab one game installed ans only 7.8GBof free space - ah, I forgot, Osmand maps take another GB or so...
Given that games are identified as an individual category in BlackBerry world, I would not think it too difficult to allow games to be installed on the SD card.
I do agree that applications on the SD card can be a security issue however for games only this should not be an issue. Maybe even require an encrypted card for this to work - which would then also identify the card to the device.
Alter alternatively, if the OS could be slimmed down that would help with space as well - the same is true for games and Nova got a lot smaller with the last (removed it since) .
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- 03-26-13, 02:06 AM #24
I don't think allowing apps to be moved to SDCard has any security threat not already possible if you lose your phone. Specially because you can select the SDCard to be encrypted.
I have just installed Nova NFS some Golf game etc and around 20 apps and my usable space on device is down it 4-5GB ! While my 16GB micro SDCard sits there idle. There is an option in setting saying 'save to sdcard by default' but it doesn't seem to save apps to sdcard just app data and media.
The only issue with apps on SDCard is that having usb mass storage mode is problematic if both your PC (connected through usb cable and mounting the SD Card as a drive) and your phone are accessing the SD Card at the same time and doing different operations.
That is why nexus device now have only MTP mode for accessing the device/sdcard storage. MTP has its own share of issues though.
Maybe somebody needs to write an app to make softlinks to app folders on the sdcard. Or BBRY needs to give us some option to save non essential apps/games to SD Card at least.
- CrackBerry Abuser
03-26-13, 05:42 AM #25
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Whilst I agree that there would be certain security risks with allowing apps / games to be saved to a memory card, I do actually think BlackBerry needs to find a 'solution' to problem of 16gb of on board storage not getting you very far (in some use cases). As many have pointed out you could be maxing out after downloading a few premium games. You'd have to imagine the issue will be exasperated with time as developers pack more and more into their games. Game sizes will only increase.
I understand the suggestion that some have made re deleting apps / games not being used (and re-downloading when needed) but I'm not sure how wise that is. I did that a few times on my PlayBook and got stung. If a developer changes the price and essentially re-lists the app / game then you will have to pay for it again to be able to download it. Paying for something twice does not make for a happy customer.
Having devices so near full capacity after only 2 months is not a good sign. It's bad for the user to not have the hardware support the way they want to use their device (which is not unreasonable by any means). I have already had to think twice about purchasing apps as I do not want to max out my device memory so early into its lifetime. That's money still in my pocket and not in the pocket of the developer because of hardware limitations.
Bigger and better apps will come and users thinking twice before downloading will not do BlackBerry World or the developers any favors. BlackBerry needs to find a solution or sales will suffer.
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