More Android devices now supported
After a pre-release version of BBM [BlackBerry Messenger] for Android escaped into the wild (see our previous story here), BlackBerry took virtually a month to restart the roll out of this app. But the firm has put out an new update to the official Android app in a matter of days. This is very good news for some handset owners because the release notes indicate that one of the main reasons for the update is support for additional Android devices. So if you couldn’t run BBM before, it may be possible now. The other reason mentioned is to provide bug fixes and performance enhancements. We hadn’t noticed any bugs but we ran into an Android OS bug when we tried to install the update. It’s the ‘insufficient storage available’ error.
The fact that BlackBerry has issued the update so quickly indicates how seriously it is taking the establishment of BBM as the mobile world’s leading social messaging app.
We’ve already reported here that BBM was downloaded by ten million users within 24 hours. But that was both Android and iPhone users.
Looking at Google Play today [October 28th 2013], GoMo News could see that ten million Android users have now downloaded BBM alone. And it could be anywhere between 10m and 50m downloads.
Now for that ‘insufficient storage available’ error which Android kept showing. There are some very complex cures for this but we can offer a very simple one. Kill some apps.
For some reason, by default Android (this seems to still apply on our loan Android 4.1 Jelly Bean handset) wants to install apps on the handset’s internal storage.
And being a big app fan, we have loads. So it is no good – as we first thought – merely fitting a larger capacity external (microSD) memory card. Android still insists on installing them on the internal memory chips.
That’s even though we have gone to the ‘Settings’ menu within Android, and selected the Storage option. And ensured that the (external) SD card is selected as the default write disk.
So we found a very enlightening posting on JbNote site here which outlines four possible ways out.
Three of them require ‘rooting’ the Android device which here at GoMo News we always warn is only for brave people.
The fourth ‘fix’ requires using Java and we are going to try that one out to see!
In the meantime, we can only suggest that if you get the insufficient storage available message you kill off some of the previously installed apps which you never or hardly ever use.
At least that enabled us to upgrade the BBM client!
Incidentally, we agree with Marc Willmore here that installing the App Cache Cleaner available for free from Google Play, will also help to free up some space.
However, how do you install that app when you’ve run out of space for apps?