More than a fifth of all the images Android phone owners store on their devices are either replicates or low-grade images, a recent survey has actually discovered.
The study was performed by cyber-security company Avast, which scanned over three billion photos stored on more than 6 million devices where users had installed the Avast Clean-up for Android application.
The business said that 16% of all the pictures they evaluated were either duplicates of the exact same picture or near-duplicates– most likely taken by users utilizing phone video cameras set up in “burst mode.”
Another 6% were blurry, inadequately lit, oversaturated, or almost dark pictures, which most users would classify as low quality, and wouldn’t truly be that beneficial.
In total, Avast found that 22% of all the photos they scanned were simply using up device space, wasting the user’s memory space.
While the total number of images each user kept on their phone differed depending on each device’s total memory, Avast stated that typically, a typical user would have 952 images, 154 of which would be duplicates, and 58 poor quality.
” Considering that the average picture has to do with 3 MB in size, our users were wasting about 636 MB of phone memory,” Avast stated. “This can be even more when it comes to the current mobile phones.”
For instance, modern-day smart devices with high-resolution and HDR-capable cameras can take images that can quickly use up around 12 MB.
” In this particular case, you’re quickly taking a look at more than 2 GB of squandered storage area on your phone. To put that in viewpoint, that resembles downloading 2 HDTV episodes of Video game of Thrones,” Avast stated.
Moreover, even if it didn’t produce low-grade or replicate photos, one of the worst transgressors in terms of losing device area was WhatsApp.
The app’s default settings had it auto-downloaded all the images a user would receive on their gadget. Users who believe they’re just seeing an image somebody shown them, end up conserving that image to their devices, therefore taking up valuable area.
“Our research study exposed that, on average, our users had 292 WhatsApp images stored on their phone,” Avast said.
Another app that also used up a lot of memory space was the phone’s built-in screenshot utility. Users who took a screenshot would often forget to erase these pictures from their gadgets. According to Avast, many users have, on average, 86 screenshots per device.
“Screenshots can take up a great deal of space, especially when your phone is performing at higher resolutions,” Avast stated.
Extra stats are offered in the business’s two-part post detailing the survey results [1, 2]