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Google Play will suggest neglected apps for you to uninstall

Engadget Engadget 1/06/2016 Daniel Cooper
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When you add an app from Google Play and space on your phone is tight, you're often stuck wondering which of your darlings programs you should kill delete. According to Android Police, Google Play is going to help your decision-making process by offering up suggestions as to what you no longer need. When you've run out of on-board storage, you'll be given a list of your least-used apps, ranked in order of weight. So, in the example, the store suggests that you wipe Google Translate or Facebook Messenger and free up some much-needed space. It's not clear if the feature is rolling out to users worldwide or if this is a limited trial, but we've asked Google to let us know.

App size is increasing at a time when many mainstream phones are losing their microSD card slots, and that's causing a headache for plenty of users. Devices from companies as diverse as OnePlus and Samsung have moved away from providing expandable storage, and last year Hugo Barra told Engadget that "SD cards will disappear." It doesn't hurt, of course, that manufacturers can charge a premium for built-in storage that it can't for third-party cards. Then there's the fact that the threat of an app being nominated for deletion might just inspire developers to start trimming the fat from their products.

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