The first Android-based smartphone debuted this week, and users have discovered what many will consider a significant flaw: all applications have to be stored in internal memory.
This means that all third-party software has to fit in the 70 MB of internal storage that the T-Mobile G1 has set aside for this. The device comes with a 1 GB removable memory card, and it supports at least 16 GB ones, but none of that storage capacity can be used for holding applications.
The storage card is used only for holding files, like music and video.
Other smartphone operating systems, such as the Palm OS or Windows Mobile, do not have this limitation. Many users of these platforms enjoy carrying around numerous software titles, but Android is going to put a cap on this for G1 users.
What about the Android Market?
This limitation seems odd, as Android’s creators, including Google, have been talking up its ability to run third-party software.
It has even created the Android Market, an online store to help users find, purchase, download, and install various types of content on their Android-powered devices.