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'Move to SD Card' is not available in Firefox for Android (Fennec) 55.0

RESOLVED INVALID

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Firefox for Android
General
RESOLVED INVALID
2 months ago
2 months ago

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(Reporter: Ricardo, Unassigned)

Tracking

55 Branch
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Description

2 months ago
User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.3; Win64; x64; rv:54.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/54.0
Build ID: 20170629111720

Steps to reproduce:

"Move to SD Card" is not available in Firefox for Android (Fennec) 55.0

Samsung phone running Android 5.0.2 ARMv7



Expected results:

Should be able to move app to external SD.
(Reporter)

Comment 1

2 months ago
Hey, no one will take look?
This should be High Priority.
Flags: needinfo?(s.kaspari)

Comment 2

2 months ago
This functionality was removed in Bug 1322029.
See Also: → bug 1322029
(Reporter)

Comment 3

2 months ago
Mehh
So, you guys think Firefox for Android is a small app that can fit on the internal storage of every phone?
50MB app + 45MB data + 66MB cache = more than 160MB.
Not to mention rendering performance is much worse than Chromium-based browsers.

Is this how Mozilla "fix" bugs, by disabling important features?
What a weird way to fix something that "only affects Android 6.0" when installing over "adopted storage".

So, my suggestion for users that need FFA for something is to stay at v54. Otherwise, tap Uninstall button.
Flagging for triage so that this can be discussed by the core mobile browser team.
tracking-fennec: --- → ?
Flags: needinfo?(s.kaspari)
tracking-fennec: ? → ---
Ricardo,

While I understand your frustration, this was the right decision to make, independent of bug 1322029. Firefox uses AccountManager for implementing sync, which is listed as a reason to disallow external storage in the Google guidelines found here[0]. Additionally, things like Web Push would not work when the SD card is removed.

Chrome doesn't allow external storage either, likely for similar reasons. It's also much larger.


[0] https://developer.android.com/guide/topics/data/install-location.html#ShouldNot
Status: UNCONFIRMED → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 2 months ago
Resolution: --- → INVALID
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