Android 2.2 Apps2SD: Not what you were expecting

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Now that Froyo is here (sortof) we’re starting to get a look at all the goodies that Google has put into Android 2.2 (aka “Froyo”), and Apps2SD is one of them.

“Apps2SD” is the ability to install downloaded apps to the sdcard, thus freeing up phone storage (which we’re going to need more of now that we can run Flash and Air apps). Of course, Cyanogen and his colleagues have enabled installing (or moving) apps to the sdcard through varied methods for some time now, but nothing “official” was available before Froyo.

The “problem” with the way Google implemented Apps2SD in Froyo that it’s up to the developer to toggle the switch to allow the app to be installed externally. Translated: not a single app of the 50,000+ in the Market today can be installed to the sdcard!

I would have preferred the opposite: for the user to select the preferred installation location (internal vs. external) and have all apps abide by that except where a developer specified otherwise.

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.