Fixed Android Design Flaw Still Haunts Users: System Memory Resident Apps I Uninstalled

Some mobile platform design flaws plague users even after the flaw is fixed. Take, for example, Android 1.0’s limitation of only being able to install and run apps in system memory. When the T-Mobile G1 was first released I found I ran out of application space after installing a relatively handful of apps (16 if I recall correctly). Increased system RAM in subsequent devices only slightly reduced this problem. Android 2.1 introduced the ability for apps to be installed in external flash memory (micro SD cards). However, this feature depends on the developer to support. Numerous large apps still do not allow themselves to be installed to external memory.

My Nexus One (which is now SIM-less and used more-or-less like an iPod touch) once again ran into low memory problems after a round of app updates. This led the latest round of uninstalling large ill-behaved apps that cannot be moved from system RAM to external flash memory. Here’s what I just removed along with app + data space recovered:

bitbop (streaming video) – 1.8MB
Photoshop Express – 2.14MB
State Farm Pocket Agent – 3.66MB
Seesmic (Twitter client) – 6.08MB

In total removing these four apps recovered 13.68 of precious system memory.