how to fix: android has not enough space for updates (after many updates)

After some time android updates stopped due to insufficient space. After a short investigation I found out that the problem is google play

google play saves every update intern in its cache. This way the cache grows to a enormous size.

The fix is very easy: clear the cache of google play. For this go to settings -> apps and open google play in the list of apps. There should be a button: “clear cache”. Pressing it will solve this problem


Android Autosync

Sorry it was late yesterday. I rewrote this article:

Checklist adding a google account to android:

  • deactivate Autosync by tapping on the email address (in accounts) and deactivating every sync option
  • deactivate in google preferences: check device for malicious apps especially the option beyond that you send them data

This is why I cannot recommend Android. It’s a clear breach of trust (you see the first thing never if you don’t know it and google doesn’t say it anywhere that autosync is active by default)

As I said in my former blog post I wouldn’t recommend deriviates either (same hyper-commercial App community)

I think the same is true for IOS and Windows 8 smartphones.

What exists and looks good is firefox os.  There are even some cheap smartphones. But I have no experience with it.

But I need App: xy
Install android-x86 in a virtual machine. I think it’s straigthforward so I don’t explain.
But be careful, don’t forget the checklist.
Anyway this is also a good way for non-smartphoner to have access to apps.
One difficulty is to install apps which doesn’t want be installed on tablets.
An approach is to install the apk file. Better would be to tricking android in believing a smartphone (sorry I didn’t find out how yet)

android and admins

The Android userbase is an hostile environment for admins and developers. Even android is technically a very good idea (except java).

Firstly every problem is appified. You don’t get any usefull information about internal stuff (e.g. where files lay around) by searching after the problem. The solution for every problem is: install app xy (and boost the download score of someone).

Secondly most android developers come from the windows world. They don’t share for free. Saying: this world doesn’t give anything for free why should I do so? Many apps say: hey I fix this, but lacking information how they do it. Sadly there is no filter to filter them away.

Thirdly transferring knowledge is risky. Some important features/bugs could be “fixed”. Or you could get legal trouble. Even android is under gpl this discourages people from transferring knowledge.

Fourthly you get logged and recorded on every step. I never thought about the normal world implications: Every app you looked, you installed, deinstalled is haunting you. Not the secret services, but the companies. They push advertisment crap. On a small display this is especially annoying.

Fifthly some apps have advertisements. They put you into the risk of beeing hacked by their advertisment crap (happened often enough). Also eating your internet, display space and battery. Imagine this on your PC. Every 10 Minutes something pops up and annoys you. I hadn’t this for years (since I switched to linux).
(I heard from a prof that the internet speed improvements are mostly for advertisments (that the speed penalty by them is noticed less))