Samsung has started to roll out a software update for the Galaxy S4
which will help save space on the smartphone. Following complaints from users
, the update will free up the amount of available storage from 9.15GB to 9.23GB on the 16GB model, and will also add a function to allow for apps to be moved to the microSD card, instead of being stored on the built-in memory.
Buyers of the Galaxy S4 found that the 16GB model immediately lost approximately 45-percent of its storage space to Samsung's flavor of Android, along with various additional apps. While others, such as HTC and Microsoft, have been noted as supplying their devices with a fairly bloated base installation, Samsung was forced to work on the issue after complaints
were aired on a BBC consumer affairs show.
The new firmware also includes a number of other updates for the device, according to Sammobile
. A new camera firmware, HDR video recording a Smart Pause toggle, and new icons all make an appearance in the download, along with a fix to a purple "smearing" when scrolling, and improved legibility.
At present, the firmware will work on the Snapdragon-powered version, model GT-I9505, but another variant for the Exynos-based
S4, model GT-I9500, is also on the way.