With the next Android update, Google has made some changes to the way storage works in phones, combined with larger app sizes and more common 64GB models, means you should think twice before buying a smartphone with 4, 16 or 32GB.

As we usher in a new year, and anticipating new flagship smartphones from the top phone makers, it’s time to start the new year with a paramount resolution: We feel in 2017, its high time to stop buying flagship phones with 4, 16 and 32 gigabytes of storage.

We all have to admit, the stuff on our phones gets bigger and bigger every year and a 64GB smartphone won’t disappoint or more is that the stuff on your phone is getting bigger, and not all of

Storage Usage on phone
How Apps hog Internal storage on phones

this can be offloaded to an SD card (if that option is even available). Lets put this in perspective, in my case, Spotify takes about 3.14 GB the Google Play Services app can hog about 631MB or more just by itself. And staple third-party offerings like Snapchat and Facebook Messenger are storage hogs too, weighing in at between 1.47 GB and 347MB. Others, like WhatspApp, come with a massive archive of what could be months of your personal chat history, photos and video, which can’t be offloaded to an SD card. Other Apps like Instagram, Twitter and Chrome also store hundreds of megabytes, in the internal memory cache which means even your shinny new phone will fill up in a few weeks time.

More Features more storage

With better cameras that are 4k capable having us taking more photos and shooting gigabytes of ultra-high quality video, you’re going to be using much more, not less storage in future. And the option for cloud storage is not a common thing for most Ugandan smartphone users due to the poor state of data services in the country.

If you are currently doing just fine on a 32GB phone that shipped with Marshmallow, that all good. But Android devices shipping on Android Nougat and beyond (the latest Android versions) put more internal storage out of your reach, because of the way seamless updates work.

In order to be able to quickly upgrade to a new version, the space taken up by the OS on a Nougat-shipping phone could be double that of a comparable model on Marshmallow.

In a nutshell: Consider that the firmware and related stuff takes up a little over 7.27 GB on my Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. In the Nougat world that could double to over 14GB — almost half of the phone’s marketed 32GB of storage. Consider how much extra stuff other manufacturers add to Android, and how much space it takes up. It’s easy to see how 2017’s flagships could lose more than 10GB of space to just the OS before you’ve loaded a single app. That’s less space than ever for your own apps and media.

For this reason alone, we’d expect 64GB to become the standard for Android flagships in the new year. For those planning to upgrade to a new flagship device in 2017, kindly neglect any storage space less than 64 GB, assuming you can afford it.

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