March 11, 2010, 7:30 AM — by Al Sacco, CIO - One of the major shortcomings of Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry mobile OS is that it requires a user to store any and all "active," or installed, third-party applications within a small section of their BlackBerry device's internal storage memory: the application memory.
Archived Mobile Apps from BlackBerry App World
In other words, BlackBerry users can only download and employ as many applications as will fit within their devices' app memory. And the largest amount of app memory available in any current BlackBerry device is a meager 256MB.
If you asked RIM about the issue, as I did last year, you'd hear some kind of explanation about security and the relative small-size of BlackBerry apps themselves. But even the BlackBerry-maker is aware the app-memory situation isn't ideal for users, and it's working on new methods to give BlackBerry users access to more applications.
In a recent upgrade to RIM's mobile app store, BlackBerry App World, the company addressed the issue by enabling "app archiving" for software downloaded via App World. BlackBerry users can now choose to archive, or save, any apps they don't use frequently but may still want to hang onto, to their external microSD memory cards--though each app needs to be reinstalled before you can access it again.
Archiving isn't a perfect app-storage solution, since it's only available for apps downloaded from App World and many BlackBerry users still choose to procure software elsewhere. The process of reinstalling archived apps isn't exactly speedy, either. But the option to archive App World apps is certainly a step in the right direction. Here's to hoping RIM takes it a step further and allows archiving of all BlackBerry apps. Who knows, perhaps the BlackBerry-maker will even let us store active apps on a memory card someday. (GASP)