Apps on SD in the works for Android

Joel Evans at The Mobile Gadgeteer (who, in comic book parlance, might be called the “Silver Age” Mobile Gadgeteer) has uncovered that the ability to store apps on an SD card has been given “FutureRelease” status at the Android factory.

The urgency to deal with Issue 1151 “RFE: Support install of apps on SD cards” has increased steadily since the initial call on 10/30/2008 and for good reason. Onboard storage on early Android devices has been limited, insufficient for upgrades in some cases, forcing some users to delete apps to make room for new ones. A solution to the problem, called Apps2SD, already exists, but it is not without compromise and complication. The upcoming native solution will be integrated into the platform, so it should be more widely usable.

Truthfully, I’m surprised this wasn’t a priority in the earlier releases. Openness and third-party support are part of the platform’s big draws. The hard limit on app storage detracts from that, but a fix is now on the list.

Alleged Apple fanboi, accused Android apologist, and confirmed Microsoft MVP for touch and tablet Mark Sumimoto a.k.a. Sumocat dabbles in all areas of mobile computing with a focus on Windows-based Tablet PCs and pen input. A mobile computing enthusiast since 2004, he pioneered the field of ink blogging via his personal blog, Sumocat's Scribbles. His current tools include a Fujitsu Lifebook T900, TEGA v2, and iPhone 4. Email: sumocat [at]


  1. From what I remember, a lot of the reasoning behind not letting apps run on the SD was due to fear of pirated software and how that would hurt developer movement to Android. Why on earth google just doesn’t setup a database for paid apps to ensure that the app you purchased is on the device you purchased it for is beyond me.

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