You won't be able to install apps on microSD cards on Windows Phone 8
Turns out, the latter is not what you think it is. Quite the opposite, you can’t actually install applications from the Marketplace directly on your microSD card. What Microsoft means here is something completely different - you can use the microSD card to install application ON the phone’s internal memory FROM the card, not the other way around.
The benefit that comes with this is that if you’re a developer you can physically distribute your application without going to the Marketplace, and bypassing that might be an interesting solution for some corporations. This will also eliminate the sometimes lengthy app review process.
So if you want to have a couple of those graphically intensive games that often weight in the vicinity of a couple of hundred megabytes to a gigabyte or so, you’d have to rely only on your internal storage. That means that 8 gigs should really be the minimum for you, and if you’re a gamer that would hardly be enough, and we’d recommend getting a phone with even more.
8. PAPINYC (Posts: 2273; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
It's not side-loading, it's backwards-loading: a backwards process for a backwards OS.
32. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
Can I do this? No. Can't do that.
How about this? No. We can't allow it.
How about this? Uh-huh, no.
Screw that, I'm gone for good to the other side of the fence.
33. CharlieAtInfinity (Posts: 253; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)
That's Why the latest Symbian is still way ahead of current Windows Phones!!
At least i get my USB storage and i can install whatever i want and where i want... also i can send files through Bluetooth also there is a file-manager :)
35. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
And they killed Symbian, MeeGo and Meltemi for THIS? For THIS? This piece of s**t with Live Tile sprinkles that are glorified sub widgets that don't really function quite well?
No thanks. Not buying. Moving along.
3. tigermcm (Posts: 712; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)
I took my arrive apart found the sd card and changed it to 32g last wk. I dont need apps like that but they seem to be going on the sd card with no prob
19. Jillsandwich (Posts: 43; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
rofl. Is that the biggest word you've ever used? Too bad it has nothing to do with the article.
25. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
I've course it does. No WP8 upgrade... like Phone arena said
101 reasons; of disadvantages!
27. Jillsandwich (Posts: 43; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
lol. no. have you even read about wp8 upgrade? no? thought so!
you should leave. you're not very knowledgeable about the os.
5. cdgoin (Posts: 367; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Come on.. really is it that hard to figure out...
It's for business and enterprise applications that are sensitive or expensive. That they don't want in the Marketplace at all.. and will have a small captured device use.
They are FINALLY replacing WindowsCE applications and enterprise hardware.
7. Schmao (Posts: 302; Member since: 05 Jul 2009)
I didn't know people had more than 8 gigs of games on their phones. That should be more than enough for most customers. The majority of memory needed is generally for photos, videos, and music.
Will 64GB cards work?
26. haseebzahid (Posts: 1826; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
yes it is for now but u would have heard wp8 will support DirectX features now wht u think are the games gona be still in stoneage for moblies
9. lpratas (Posts: 98; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
Still criticize the Symbian! Almost since that Symbian exists we can install applications on expandable memory. Today still there are operate systems that don't allow this option, like Windows Phone and Ios. Only could be the systems of the mobsters!
18. rnk.khch (Posts: 86; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)
That's very true!! every time I install an app on my Symbian phones, I get the option of phone memory, mass memory, or memory card. That's why Symbian has always been the best, is the best, and will be the best!!
android and ios are mere children's toys. But, I really hope that Windows Phone 8 will eventually improve to become as capable as Symbian!
10. hunted (Posts: 324; Member since: 21 Sep 2011)
Hello, if i cant install apps in my sd card then for what heck i should buy this phone??
16. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
and you think smartphones dont have typical 8/16/32/64gb of built in memory? well said.
21. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
True agree.... Android u can.
11. snowgator (Posts: 3205; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
So, if you have 16 GB of storage on your phone, and put in a 32 GB memory card, you can store 32 GB worth of movies, music, videos, and pictures, and 16GB of apps.
Which is ...... Bad? Somehow?
It is strange, I will spot you that. But 16GB even for heavy gamers is plenty, isn't it? I am not offended by this. It isn't something that will detract from the experience. If you change devices, you can redownload your apps anyways. And your personal photos and such come with you on your memory card.
31. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)
Nope...I have a 64 gb 4th gen ipod touch with only 5 gb of space left. I need more!!!
12. Life_Engineer (Posts: 8; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Seriously guys you are pathetic!
Who needs to install apps on SDcards?!?! I never did that and never will!
It's completely against logic and stability of the phone experience!
Suppose that your SD got dead in the middle of the day what would you do?!
Always use SD for data/photos/storage/media etc...
(BTW i'm an android fan!)
13. newuser1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
I think that is fine. apps installed on SD card can run slow, storage is for data only.
22. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)
Well there is SD speed which should be class 10, which is very fast...
14. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1139; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
THIS IS JUST RIGHT
pc hard drive = mass storage for phone
flash drive(USB)/CDs = memory card for phone
computer games = apps for phones
>>I THINK YOU GET THE IDEA NOW... installing/playing it on permanent drives are better(i guess even the security of it).. also, a great +1 that you could put those installers at your mem card aswell (backup purposes, etc.,you decide)
17. gwhyte01 (Posts: 44; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)
Apparently they want WP to transform into Android.
23. Snoobab (Posts: 174; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)
My guess the decision was to avoid degrading the user experience - Some time or another we've all seen apps installed on SD card slow down or lag to a certain extent. Having them installed on phone memory will avoid this.
29. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)
Not being able to put games on my SD card isn't that big of a deal to me, I don't play games that much, and I save my SD card for my jango music and all my videos.
Pa you guys should change the name of this article, very misleading.
34. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1080; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Microsoft why do you have to be strange on the range. I hope you dont do this on your surface tablet computer. Microsoft the desktop PC and laptops use DVD read and writ drives on them for people to put programs, Music Videos, Documents and games in and out of the computer. Microsoft today flash memory is the way to go
are your technology people slow or retarded your smart phones and tablets need to be able to read and write data to different types of flash memory Media or else they will be useless to some people Damn why do you want to weaken your product be fore it even hits the market. you need a new technology staff the guys you have now
made a good "surface tablet" but damn don't they know it needs a medium to put data in and out of the the Tablet or smart phone let us know the reasons for this action