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Google experimenting with a new uninstall manager that will suggest app removals when you run out of space

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The mobile market is currently flooding with Android smartphones. Most of these offer a handsome amount of built-in storage and majority allow expansion via a memory card. But there are still smartphones (mostly in the mid- to low-end range) that often saturate in terms of storage with no way out. Google is, reportedly, working on a way which will allow you to download new apps when you run out of space.

Android smartphones are becoming more sophisticated than ever. We get high quality video recording coupled with superb resolution snapshots, stereo music with uncannily high bit-rate and apps that require very high storage space, all packed in a smartphone that can be pocketed. Sure, there are smartphones that overcome these storage-related problems by offering high capacities and expansion slots, but there are still users who are stuck with what they have.

Users are stuck and whenever they need to download a new app from Google Play, they are prompted about a lack of space. The company wants to change this now, though. Apparently, the web giant is currently testing a new tool, an “uninstall manager” that will suggest probable apps that the user can uninstall to free up space in case he/she is trying to download a new app.

The service is currently under testing and is accessible to a limited group of users for the time being. It was first reported by the blog Android Police.

The service appears to be a new window that pops up when a user tries to download a new app despite having his/her hands full. It will bring up a list of probable apps that the user can get rid of to make room for the new app. The tool will select these apps based on your usage, bringing up only the apps which you rarely use, and sort them in descending order, according to size on disk. You can then check the apps which you’d like to remove and click on continue. The apps will then be deleted.

Additionally, you can also click on “Settings > Storage” where you can delete unneeded media files. While this is also a helpful feature, it would be more practical if there was an option to upload the files to a cloud.

The actual roll out date of this service is currently unknown and Google hasn’t officially acknowledged it yet. The best we can hope for is a release later this year.

|| Image Credits: Android Police


 

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