Phone storage getting tight? Google Play suggests rarely used apps to uninstall

Phone storage getting tight? Google Play suggests rarely used apps to uninstall
Each year we get faster and faster phones, with more memory, higher-res screens, and all the bells and whistles a tech-fiend could ask for. But for all the advancements in smartphone hardware to come along, one that's been slow to grow has been total storage capacity. Don't get us wrong – there have been plenty of advancements in terms of flash storage performance, giving us faster access to our data, but so far as sheer capacity goes, progress has been hard to come by. So while we watch what's left of our 32GB (or 16GB, god forbid) slip away app by app, it's not long before many of us find ourselves hitting that out-of-space wall. Now Google's implementing a new tool in the Play Store to help users free up a little room when there's just not enough storage left for your latest app to install.

Google appears to have been working on this feature since late last summer, and while there's a chance you might have seen it already, reports suggest it's only now rolling out to wide availability.

The mode works simply enough: when you go to install a big new app but your phone doesn't have sufficient free space, the Play Store will now automatically suggest a list of infrequently used apps that users might want to uninstall in an effort to free up space.

For now, the auto-suggestion nature of the feature appears to be focused solely on apps – while the window mentions how users might also free up space by culling old photos or video, they're not similarly directed to specific files.

We appreciate what Google's doing here to make it that much easier to decide how to make room for the latest apps, but this is still one problem we'd prefer not to have in the first place. Who's up for 64GB becoming the new storage starting point?

source: Android Police

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23 Comments

1. Unordinary unregistered

Dr Obvious has entered the building.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

*Captain Just sounds better.

5. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Do they also suggest to remove those Google's own bloatwares which i never even opened......

2. SuperAndroid507

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

Totally agree with the 64GB entry model at minimum.

4. Mxyzptlk unregistered

16GB phones should not exist in 2016. It's starting to tick me off that OEMs continue to release such a variant knowing good and well the OS will take up some of that storage and that apps and some system resources are becoming more bloated. 32GB should be the bare minimum, no excuses. No exceptions.

7. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Only one company sells 16GB high-end phones.

8. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Storage Recent Sold Avg Last Sold Lowest Current 16 GB $281 $195 $200 https://swappa.com/prices/moto-x-pure-edition-2015-unlocked/us Storage Recent Sold Avg Last Sold Lowest Current 16 GB $263 $260 $240 https://swappa.com/prices/nexus-5x-unlocked/us

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

First, the Moto X Pure has expandable storage. Second, he said high end, the Nexus 5x isn't intended as a high end device. That would be the Nexus 6p, the p stands for premium. It's base model was 32GB. Third, the company submar is referring to, Apple, priced it's 16GB phones at $649 for the 6s and $749 for the 6sPlus. Compared to the base models of the phones you referenced, the Moto X Pure 16GB went for $399, the Nexus 5x 16GB went for $379. On the 6s that's a difference of $250 higher than the Moto X and $270 higher than the Nexus 5x. On the 6sPlus, it's $350 higher than the the Moto X 16GB and $370 higher than the Nexus 5x. Again, the Moto X Pure has expandable storage and for another $60 you could buy a 200GB microSD card. At least with the 2 Android models you referenced, you're not paying flagship prices for the 16GB models like you are with the iPhones.

12. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

It's still going right over your head

13. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Really, then enlighten me, what point am I missing?

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I think you know.

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What he said.

16. Mxyzptlk unregistered

First thing's first, I have legitimately called out Apple to end 16GB iPhones. I've said it should be ended for any OEM flagship and budget brand. Second, the Moto X has expandable storage but you can only save certain types of data onto SD cards. Yes, you can adopt the sd card to storage but it doesn't format it as one such as 16GB with a 64GB SD card won't be 80GB. And don't forget, SD cards are not as fast or as reliable as onboard storage. That is a proven fact. You're right, the higher storage option iPhones are expensive, but you fail to acknowledge that they keep their value far more than any Android phone, especially now that the iphone is universally unlocked.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

To answer all of your posts, no, I actually don't know. If you want to accomplish like a woman and do the whole, well if you don't k is I'm not going to tell you, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. So what if it's a proven fact? I have had videos, music, and pictures stored on SD cards and have had no issues with playback. Since those three things represent the majority or large files stored on phones, that shouldn't be an issue. So it's OK that they have little storage to start out with and no expandable storage, if they don't lose as much money as something that costs roughly half as much as they do? So say I bought a Nexus 5x 16GB for $379 and sold it for $260 or I bought an iPhone 6s 16GB for $649 and sold it for $555, I would've lost $119 on the 5x and $94 on the 6s, for a difference of $25 in the iPhones favor. Bit let's not forget, you're still shelling out $270 more for the 6s in the first place. I also think it's ridiculous to have 16GB as a starting point, however that wasn't the point of post 10. Submar was saying highend devices, and like it or not, neither the Nexus 5x nor the Moto X Pure are highend devices. You have even said that about the Pure, saying as I recall, it's a good midrange phone. So why are you comparing midrange phones to highend devices? All I was doing was setting facts straight, that's all. I wasn't trying to champion 16GB devices.

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

The point was that Apple isn't the only company that sells 16GB phones. I guess I shouldn't be surprised that you missed that considering you decided to go on about high-end. If I'm not mistaken, weren't you the one of the ones who were talking about the iPhone specs not being high end? Shouldn't be is easy said on paper, but in reality, it isn't. I just explained why SD cards aren't as reliable as you think. You can store those files on Dropbox and Google Drive. Are you seriously comparing the iPhone to the 5X after you just said the 5X was a midrange phone while the iPhone is considered high-end? Seems like you're contradicting yourself. Oh and btw, the 5X doesn't have expandable storage either and its value is plummeting really fast. You're wrong. The Moto X is a high-end device. Now the previous ones were pretty much midrange, but the Moto X PE now has the same specs as the Note 4, the G4, and the V10. It doesn't have the SD810 but the more manageable 808. But it has the same battery capacity as some of the other flagships, it has a QHD screen and a 21MP camera with an 8MP front facing camera. Sounds pretty high-end to me.

19. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Wow, talk about missing something. You said I was going on about high-end phones. Here is the post (submar post #7) you replied to that started this" Only one company sells 16GB high-end phones." Now tell me, what are the last three word in that sentence? Right, high-end phones. Then in post #8 you started going on about the Moto X Pure and the 5x, both midrange phones. Maybe take your own advice. I'm not talking about on paper or theoretical situations, I'm talking about real life experience. I've never had any issues with speed using microSD cards for pics, music, or videos. So you can save the internal memory for apps. Oh, and thanks for introducing me to cloud services like Dropbox, I'd never heard of them. /s Once again, submar said he knew of only one company selling high-end phones with 16GB of storage. YOU were the one who brought up the Moto X Pure and the 5x in post 8. Again, not just any 16GB phones, he said high-end phones, and you replied with midrange examples. That's on you, learn to read. You were the one who was saying it was a midrange phone before you got it. Here you said it yourself, comment 21.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Motorola-Moto-X-Pure-Edition-unboxing_id74109 And here again, comments 2 and 17.http://www.phonearena.com/news/Poll-Is-the-Samsung-Galaxy-Note5-worth-300-more-than-the-Moto-X-Pure_id73867 You stated the Moto X Pure was a midrange device yourself. So don't rag on me for agreeing with you.

20. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Lol, I don't get it? What are you arguing about? I said Apple and other OEMs should do away with 16GB phones, but you're still arguing. I don't get it. Yes, I brought up the Moto X. It is a high end phone with the specs. I don't quite understand why you are arguing that in the first place let alone bring up something that is even relevant anymore. As for your SD card argument, I'm pretty sure the words of the many outweigh the words of the one. Why do you think Google stopped supporting SD cards for so long before marshmallow? Simple, security and reliability. Onboard storage will always be faster and superior. That's a fact.

21. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Yes, you don't get it. You're complaining about me taking about high-end devices, when that's what submar was referring to. He didn't say all OEMS, he said high-end ones. Not according to your own words. Go to the links I posted. You yourself said the MXPE was a midrange device. You're arguing the point when I'm quoting your own words. Many people just go along with what they read or others say, without investigating it for themselves. I haven't had any issues using expandable storage for media. I wouldn't use it for apps that require faster speeds, which is why I said that people could use expandable storage for their media, because that will make up the bulk of what they use storage for. They can reserve their onboard memory for their apps. It is a fact, but that doesn't mean you need that transfer speed to view an image or listen to an mp3. But what is one of Google's main products? Cloud storage, and not having expandable storage means that becomes a more viable option. And they've recently added expandable storage back into Android, so if it's so horrible, why would they do it? OEMs like Samsung were able to make use of it expandable storage without it being supported by also, so why did they add it back in if it's so horrible? Like I've said ad nauseam, I'm not saying 16GB should still be used by anyone. I've said as much in the recent iPhone articles. What I have said is that expandable storage is a viable option for media that doesn't require faster transfer speeds to access.

22. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't think you're arguing for a purpose other than to misconstrue something I said. He said high-end OEMS, I said ALL OEMS because it really does need to end. For the record, just because a device is built for prepaid networks or to be sold on a prepaid network doesn't mean it can't be called "high-end." Compared to devices of last year and the years before, those devices could be considered high-end. Technically, there's no official definition for what can be considered a high-end device. You're dwelling in the past. I have admitted to making a mistake about the Moto X Pure and have called it the first and last great Motorola device. It is, for all intents and purposes, a high-end device...with 16GB of memory. Just realize you were wrong and not beat around the bush with it. I like how you mention SD card as an option when devices such as the Nexus 6P, which if memory serves me correctly, you have said device and it does not support SD cards. Google sells cloud storage, but so does Dropbox. Google gives like 14GB of cloud storage free along with all kinds of deals and promotions. And it's fairly inexpensive btw, a 100GB is about the same prices as the cheapest SD card. It's a far better bargain than worry about SD cards corrupting and losing data, some of the flaws that you seem to want to avoid acknowledging. https://www.reddit.com/r/MotoX/comments/3mxyx4/help_my_moto_x_play_isnt_recognizing_my_micro_sd/?ref=search_posts https://www.reddit.com/r/MotoX/comments/3snxbg/rebooting_my_moto_x_play_corrupts_the_sd_card/ https://www.reddit.com/r/MotoX/comments/45hv2c/128_gb_sd_card_problem_with_mxpe/?ref=search_posts https://www.reddit.com/r/MotoX/comments/4lxv14/anyone_else_having_issues_with_their_sd_card_on/?ref=search_posts https://www.reddit.com/r/MotoX/comments/4d0aa0/moto_x_play_stopped_reading_sandisk_sd_card/?ref=search_posts https://www.reddit.com/r/MotoX/comments/3w0ekg/adopting_sd_card_as_internal_storage_fails/?ref=search_posts Proof that SD cards aren't as reliable as you think. Btw, I use emulators on my phone and they will not read files off the SD card. I have to move them onto the more reliable onboard storage in order for my emulator to recognize them.

23. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

For the record, and as I said in my last post, I agree that 16GB storage should end. I've never said it should be kept around, only that expandable storage is a viable workaround. I never said anything about prepaid devices, so I don't know where that's coming from. And of course anything new will be considered highend to something made years earlier. A new economy car would be considered highend to a sedan made a few years previous. Thanks for admitting you make snap judgments. I never said the 6p did have expandable storage. I said phones I've owned had it. I have owned more than one phone, in fact I have three right now, one of which has expandable storage. But thanks for assuming I know absolutely nothing. Yes they do, but cloud storage isn't always convenient. There are many aces with no cellular connection, and using cloud storage counts against your cellular data allotment when you don't have access to wifi, something that also isn't everywhere. People post about all different devices having a variety of issues, it doesn't mean every device or user has those issues. If they were as bad as you make them out to be, they wouldn't sell because of how many issues they have. Since they're still selling, one would think they're not that bad. I never said anything about games or emulators, did I? I said phots, music, and videos, all of which can be read off an SD card by any device that supports expandable storage. I then said, that other apps (which would include games and their corresponding files) should be kept on the internal storage.

6. Shubham412302

Posts: 578; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Google removed jit with aot whuch was causing storage problems for many after update and now they are bringing it back in android n

9. dalabi

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

Shoot, I'very been up for 64GB being the starting point for a while

11. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

I thought captain obvious worked for hotels.com

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