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Samsung Galaxy S 4 update adds more user storage, app installs on SD cards

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When the 16 GB version of Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 launched, users were disappointed to find that only a little more than half of the user accessible storage was freely available. It’s normal to expect a device’s software to use some of the internal storage, but of the 16 GB flash memory, only 9.15 GB were free. Samsung appears to have taken the valid criticism to heart and is rolling out a software update to address the situation.

Samsung move apps to SDSam Mobile notes that in Germany, Galaxy S 4 owners are receiving the new software with a fix. After the update, users will have 9.23 GB of free space — not a big deal but the second piece of the update should help a bit.

Applications can be stored on a microSD card thanks to the new software changes. Android(s goog) itself used to support such a feature but it was removed. Essentially, Samsung has added it back to its own device, which gives the microSD card slot much more value.

There’s more in the update besides the data storage solution however. HDR video is now supported, the status bar is semi-transparent, Smart Pause gains a toggle switch, and the device gets new Camera firmware.

Samsung hasn’t officially mentioned the new software update so there’s no news on availability in other countries. Given the understandable disappointment in free storage for the 16 GB models of the phone, however, I don’t expect Samsung to wait too long to get this update out globally.

8 Responses to “Samsung Galaxy S 4 update adds more user storage, app installs on SD cards”

  1. Martin Spencer

    i have a lot of apps and have moved most of them but i have not seen a big change in memory that why i ask if all the data moves to the sd card

  2. Martin Spencer

    when you move an app onto the sd card does that move everything or like i read elsewhere move the app itself but leave data behind like maps and things some apps stillcan’t be move

  3. hundoman

    Will this Samsung Galaxy S4 run Tizen when Samsung brings out its own OS in a year or less and ditches Google Android OS platform for all of its devices?

  4. I still have a GB phone and had not read anywhere before that the ability to move an app to MicroSD had disappeared. Yet another reason to buy an S4.

      • Jason McNair

        Actually, my old ICS phone (HTC Thunderbolt) stored apps on the SD. Granted, it lagged a little when I used those apps, but that was more because the Thunderbolt had no business running ICS. It was better off staying with GB. Now that my new S4 added it back, I am thrilled.