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Samsung addresses Galaxy S4 storage issue with software update

Chris Martin | June 10, 2013
Samsung brings 'move to SD card' feature to Galaxy S4

Samsung Galaxy S4 move to SD card

Samsung has taken action to sort out the lack of storage on-board its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone.

In what has been something of a scandal, the 16GB Galaxy S4 has only just over half of the internal storage available. For some space to be taken up by the operating system is normal; However, this was an extreme case which prompted outrage from customers and an investigation by BBC's Watchdog. 

Well, according to SamMobile, Samsung is rolling out a software update to address the issue. It brings the ability to move apps to the microSD card (if you have one) - a feature removed with Android Jelly Bean. It also increases the available storage by a small amount.

The update will also bring a number of other improvements, fixes and tweaks including new camera firmware, HDR video, Smart Pause toggle, a semi-transparent status bar, new settings icons, secure boot status and increase legibility.

There's also a fix for the 'smearing' problem, a purple effect while scrolling.

At the moment, the firmware update is rolling out to the Snapdragon-wielding Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505) in Germany. It will also be rolled out to the Exynos-powered model, the GT-I9500. Other countries should follow so let us know if you receive the update.

The update is 365MB and will be available via Samsung KIES or over the air (OTA).


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