Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Oct 2012 20:07 UTC
Windows Interesting little tidbit from the Reddit AMA session with Microsoft's Surface team. One Redditor wondered just how much disk space Windows RT takes up - in other words, if you buy the 32GB Surface RT tablet, how much space is left for your stuff? It turns out that while Windows 8 RT is considerably smaller than its Windows 7 x86 predecessor, it's still huge by mobile standards.
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RE: Comment by kurkosdr
by anevilyak on Sun 21st Oct 2012 12:41 UTC in reply to "Comment by kurkosdr"
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I believe that's actually only the case on pre-4.0, and there is actually a technical reason for it. For user access to the filesystem via e.g. a PC, the older revisions only supported the USB mass storage protocol, which uses block-level access to the underlying partition. This means that while the latter's mounted for use via USB, it's inaccessible to the OS itself, which is why system and apps were partitioned off separately. In 4.0 and up MTP is supported which means this kind of separation is no longer necessary, e.g. on my Galaxy Nexus all of the on-board flash storage is available for apps and data (minus the overhead of the OS install).

In any case, even on older android revisions there was never a "partition per app", there was just one system partition for the OS and one apps partition for everything else, + possibly the sd card partition if your phone supported it.

Edited 2012-10-21 12:42 UTC

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