Storage concerns remains one of the biggest headaches when we plan to download any app. However, now this could be a thing of the past as researchers have developed a software which will be able to cut down storage requirements by at least 85 per cent for several gaming apps on an Android phone.
The software which is called AppStreamer, “streams” data and code resources to an app from a cloud server when necessary and this then allows the app to use only the space it needs on a phone at any particular time.
“It’s like how Netflix movies aren’t actually stored on a computer. They are streamed to you as you are watching them,” said Saurabh Bagchi, Professor at Purdue University in Indiana, US.
“Here the application components, like heavy video or graphics or code paths, are streaming instantly despite the errors and slowdowns that are possible on a cellular network,” Bagchi, who is also an alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (IIT Kharagpur), further said.
Bagchi’s team also came up with a which says how the software, called “AppStreamer,” is able to clip down the storage requirements by at least 85% for gaming apps on Android.
What this software essentially does is that it shuffles between the app and a cloud server but does not stall the game. The users did not experience any differences in their gaming experience when they were using AppStreamer.
Bagchi also said that since AppStreamer works for these storage-hungry gaming apps, it works for other apps which usually takes up far less space.
The software helps the app to download seamlessly to a phone. The researchers will now present all the research results on February 18 at the 17th International Conference on Embedded Wireless Systems and Networks in Lyon, France.