Hi,I bought a Nokia 6 (2018) today and was asked to update to Oreo 8.1. After the update, I now notice in Storage that the system files take up 12G of space. On my trusted Nexus 5X (which I could also update to 8.1), the system files only take up 6G. I think that's rather strange but what do I know. Anyone out here that can shine a light on this? Thanks.
My thoughts exactly.
Same on my nokia 6.1
yeah, i was disappointed when i checked the storage. don't really need 64 gb, but with 12gb already taken, the 32gb is looking sort of small now
My thoughts exactly.
This is how it works:
The internal storage of each Android device is separated into partitions such as system and boot. Most devices have only a single copy of each partition, but devices that support seamless updates have two copies of certain partitions—slot A and slot B, hence A/B—so that one copy of the partition lies dormant while the other is in active use. Because each partition is a copy, they can be used interchangeably to boot into Android. This also means that you can update one partition in the background and then swap to it when you reboot—thus your update is seamless!
So since the phone has to keep two paritions with Android's copy in each of them, hence double the space.
I've just signed up purely to make this negative comment to Nokia. Having just purchased the Nokia 6 2018 and looking forward to the new phone, I have come across the same issue. Selling a phone described as having with 32Gb memory with almost half of it (45%) used up pretty much out of the box is mis-leading.
12Gb taken up by the operating system is HUGE by any definition for a mobile device. Even 5-6Gb for Android is well bloated compared to the 3.4Gb of my Win10 Lumia which I have had for the last two years, although I might just about live with that at a push. Desktop Linux upon which Android is based takes about 2-3Gb when installed and yet a mobile OS is twice that? and then twice again?
Sorry, but starting with 45% of storage used upfront is a big no-no and a massive home goal for Nokia. Unfortunately the vendor (Carphone Warehouse) will not answer technical questions even on this new purchase unless I purchase a support contract. With the storage issue and that attitude from Carphone Warehouse, sorry, but unless there is a way to disable seamless updates and recover that extra 5-6Gb of space, then the phone is going back for refund. Its a shame as otherwise I like its design and Android 8 seems a lot more polished than it was 3 or 4 years ago although it still has annoying niggles like managing application file associations properly.
It is rather odd when you consider the phone once set up has hardly any apps installed. And also latest Motorola G6 range their OS size is a mere 6GB