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Samsung looking to update Galaxy S4 to free up more storage space for users

Samsung looking to update Galaxy S4 to free up more storage space for users
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the hottest Android handsets this year, but the fact that its most popular 16GB version actually turned out to only comes with around 8GB of free storage space for end users was a disappointment. After a huge outrage from the community, and after its initial hard-headed reaction, Samsung seems to have made a 180 turn on the issue. The Korean company first said that users complaints are worthless and they should just go and get an expansion microSD card.

Now, the company is starting to change its mind about the problem with less than expected user available memory:

"We appreciate this issue being raised and we will improve our communications," Samsung spokesperson said for CNET UK. "Also, we are reviewing the possibility to secure more memory space through further software optimisation.

"Samsung is committed to listening to our customers and responding to their needs as part of our innovation process."

The dramatic lack of storage space comes from the much heavier TouchWiz interface that comes with the Galaxy S4. Many users point out that Samsung has introduced a ton of new features like gestures and eye detection that not a lot of people would use. Yet those exact features take up a lot of the internal storage on the device.

It is also true, though, that Samsung is the only company of the big ones that releases its flagship with a microSD card expansion slot. Apple and HTC for instance do not support expandable storage.

source: CNET UK

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posted on 16 May 2013, 06:29 43

1. thethird (Posts: 72; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


I believe samsung can fix this [+]

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:33 4

5. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Of course they can! :)

posted on 16 May 2013, 07:02 13

18. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Dude you're awfully cheesy! lmao!

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:11 5

55. lovesamsung9x (unregistered)


yes they will have wireless SD card from Korea for all costumers

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:18 1

61. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Haha...that's new. +1
Wireless sh¡t...haha...

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:42 1

71. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Hahaha......that's what I call INNOVATION! xD

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:19 10

63. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3730; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah that is how you take care of your customers. They will go back to the drawing board & fix this issue to keep customer satisfaction up.

If it were Apple they would have said you are using your storage wrong. lol

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:41 2

70. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Actually, Samsung's retort in the first place was somewhat like Apple's reply. They'd fall into one category...if there be any.
Fortunately, this update announcement is their saving grace.

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:26 1

79. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3730; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Yeah I have to agree with you there, BUT Samsung 180'd & all is very good.

They tried the Apple thing but learned from Apple's mistakes & didn't want to duplicate it. lol

+1 to you!!!

posted on 16 May 2013, 15:28 7

84. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


No company can be worse than Apple.

posted on 17 May 2013, 23:22

104. quakan (Posts: 1134; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


You're absolutely right! I forgot how terrible leading in profits could be.

posted on 16 May 2013, 07:14 1

22. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Let's wait and see if they can. Go ask s voice what is the best cell phone and it'll answer you apple iPhone

posted on 16 May 2013, 07:22 2

25. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


Why the thumb down?I'm serious about this. I've asked the galaxy note2 what is the best cellphone and it answered Apple iPhone. If only I can give you a screen shot

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:19 3

38. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Just like when we asked iphone when siri came out it said Android until Apple changed and no matter what is the best phone in the market it will always say iphone...for your info s4 is the best in the market right now

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:22 4

41. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


nope the s4 isnt the best

the htc one is the best for some, sony xperia is best for other etc you see where im going nothing is the undisputed best as all offer pro's and cons'

ohh and dont give me the sales means best bs

posted on 16 May 2013, 19:22

92. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


So by your logic S4 is the best. Plus the sales.

posted on 16 May 2013, 20:33 1

96. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


are you stupid? you cant understnd my logic if you come away with that bs

seriously your comments shows you havent read mine or your just trying to be funny. ive seen you support troll so i dont really expect much

so please explain how you came to that conclusion even though the first line in my comment is ''nope the s4 isnt the best''

posted on 16 May 2013, 21:11 1

97. Azure01 (Posts: 126; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


He's not stupid, by your logic some people find certain phones to be the best. So by your logic the s4 is the best...to some people. Don't make such a broad statement then chastise him for following it.

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:37 1

99. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Nice to see people with logic in this site from time to time. Thanks bro.

posted on 16 May 2013, 22:32

98. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Yeah I somehow can't understand your logic. Seems contradicting.

And I don't support troll coz I like WP8. But it really has far less apps compared to Android and iOS. Facts are facts and thats where we agree.

"htc one is the best for some, sony xperia is best for other"

S4 is the best for most, so by your logic s4 is the best right?

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:48

100. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


omg your dense

your original comment was

''S4 is the best. Plus the sales.''

cut the crap you were using sales to mean the best like many on here, your real transparent with that comment

this is how it should have been put

'' the s4 is the best option for some''

theres no need for sales as it doesnt prove anything other then whats popular mostly thanks to marketing

apple and samsung excel at marketing and it shows

so my logics fine yours needs checking, and the who support back up crap is childish stand on your own stop high fiving each other

posted on 17 May 2013, 08:58 2

101. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


LOL no need to be mad bro.

If no one bought your One or xperia or lumia could you still say they are the best?

So sales must play a role, no?

And I could stand on my own its just that.. Its nice to give high fives LOL.

posted on 17 May 2013, 09:13

102. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


yes i could as sales dont equal best, if thats the case you and everyone else with have to admit the iphone was the best as it sells well

so sales dont mean best, lumia can be the best for someone, xperia etc the same how are you not getting this

i have an 808, it was a niche device but its the best for me and what i need...starting to understand ?

posted on 17 May 2013, 09:38 1

103. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Ofcourse iphone is the best by your logic as it is best for some if not most. I dont have anything against that or your nokia or sony or htc.

Its just that you cant call it BEST if they are all equal. To be the best it needs to be above the rest. And how will you quantify that? By screen size? No. By camera pixels? No.

Yes you are right. By sales.

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:34

45. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I never said iPhone is the best cell phone,it was s voices answer when I asked the question. I am simply stating the fact. I am not lying,I asked the galaxy note 2 and that was its answer,if only I could insert the screen capture on this comment,I would do that. For all ya Sammy fanboys who thumbed me down go ahead and ask your galaxy s voice what the best cell phone is.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:07 1

52. jromy (Posts: 113; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)


God...how is that even remotely relevant to what this article is about. let it go already...sheesh.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:16

60. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


I was replying to comment no.1 and not directly to this article. Since he/she was saying that Samsung could fix this I decided to add what else could be improved,so s voice came into my mind. Fine,ill let it go already..

posted on 16 May 2013, 15:29

85. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


You can take a screenshot on android.

posted on 16 May 2013, 16:32 1

90. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


O.o
Screen-shot of "S-voice answering which the best cell-phone is"??
Is that possible?

posted on 16 May 2013, 19:53 1

93. ncarlosmiguel (Posts: 205; Member since: 14 May 2013)


Yes it is.

posted on 16 May 2013, 07:26 2

27. marbovo (Posts: 572; Member since: 16 May 2013)


Just get rid of all those crap "features"

posted on 16 May 2013, 07:39

32. mydi.maus (unregistered)


google will fix with unlocked bootloader free free

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:30 1

2. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


So where is the 32,64GB version....

Now come on Samsung, this is the 2nd year round you are using A9 Cortex Cpu, A15 should be a must on the S4.

Who cares about 4G, those 4xA15 5410 are much better than the S600, and S800, half A9, A15 Chip, by Snapdragon.

I'm happy and lucky getting mine in few days time, Exynos 5410 Pure, full A15 Cores.

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:16

37. true1984 (Posts: 582; Member since: 23 May 2012)


the krait cores in the snapdragon arent A9 they're somewhere between A9 and A15.

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:48 1

50. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)


The Crapsung galaxy s4 is a ugly piece of junk with LAG!

posted on 16 May 2013, 18:25 2

91. ideal_josh (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Nov 2012)


sad guy

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:03

51. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


"I'm happy and lucky getting mine in few days time, Exynos 5410 Pure, full A15 Cores"

horrible trolling yet again. the exynos is a quad core cpu with 8 cores. no more than 4 cores can run at one time. taken from wiki: "1.6-1.8 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 and 1.2 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 (ARM big.LITTLE)[32]". so much for your full A15 cores. i would love for you to get the exynos gs4 and see your face when you find out it's not full A15 cores.

bad troll is bad.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:16 1

59. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


There is root.

Custom Roms and Kernels, where you have AOKP Rom where you can have the option to run 4 cores or all 8 cores running togeather.

You are a novelist, and still don't no nothing.

You are comparing A15 to half A9 and A15 vs full A15.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:23 1

65. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


really? all a15 running together huh? so will the exynos gs4 magically have 8 a15 cores? it has 4 a7's and 4 a15's. and i know nothing??? lol. keep posting. i love how you keep making yourself look bad.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:35

67. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


What you talking about.
I said 4xA7 and 4xA15 will run, there's also an option where you can have all 4xA15 to run, or select 4xA7 to run, or run all 8Cores togeather.

Aokp, cynageon mod nightly, Aosp, persus kernels, siyah kernels, chriskelo, pacman Roms....

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:48

73. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


Misconception #5: The two clusters have their own frequency planes. This means A15 cores all run on one frequency while the A7 cores can be running on another. However, inside of the frequency planes, all cores run at the same frequency, meaning there is only one frequency for all cores of a type at a time.

read and learn. they cant all 8 be running together, they would all 8 have to be the same frequency and since the a7 and a15 have 2 diff frequencies and only 1 frequency can be inside the frequency plane, they cant all run together at the same time.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:56

74. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Cpu threshold changing voltage control is available on kernels, you need to be a advance user to play around with that.

Go and write command scripts to alter.

Anythings possible on Android...

And why the hell would I or anyone use an outdated A7 2009 cpu scrap, dustbin it, A7, it's all about A15 near i3 Cpus in speed.

posted on 16 May 2013, 15:30

86. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Lol before the Exynos 5 was even announced it was known you can force a big.little chip to run with all cores on.

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:32 3

3. steelicon (Posts: 309; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


Just add more storage capacity and all will be forgiven.

I love the way Symbian handle storage but still it was not perfect. C:\ for the system applications and registers; E:\ for internal storage; F:\ for external storage; G:\ for external storage via USB.

I hope Android gets to implement this scheme in the near future. Go Android! :-)

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:32 18

4. taikucing (unregistered)


too much bloatwares & gimmicky apps

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:47 8

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Are you jelly, jealous...?

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:54 5

14. giri555 (Posts: 95; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


All "features" are gimmicky...S4 thumbs down

posted on 16 May 2013, 07:01 4

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


More like exclusive, and you can't have them. Stop being jealous you. If you don't like them, root it and delete what-ever you don't like and then you will have 14GB space left, or looks like you're not smart enough to do that....?

™®

posted on 16 May 2013, 07:20 1

24. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


Lol, Troll. Giri555 is sounding like you in WP8 and Nokia Lumia articles.

posted on 16 May 2013, 08:20 1

39. Daftama (Posts: 560; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


Actually average person isn't

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:11

57. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


i'm enjoying myself correcting your misinformation.

for 1, you cant just delete "whatever you dont like" because the touchwizUI is kernel deep. if you delete something with root you can get a com.android.* error bootloop that keeps popping up on you. that is very annoying.

second, the format specification for 16gb will only leave you around 14.9gb. (16 000 000 000 / 1024^3 ~= 14,9 GB) the gs4 rom is 2gb. when you get the gs4 you only have around 9.5gb for user. so you're deleting 4.5gb of stuff to get back to 14gb? and you dont even know that the exynos gs4 doesnt have full A15 cores? lol. trolling denied.

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:31

66. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


E5410 is a A15 core, are you unaware, or techless, or what.

So your telling me it's a A9 Cortex?

Lmfao.™

Who and why would I troll Android and Samsung, look you're new on PhoneArena and you don't even no the people who likes and dislikes what platform or brand.

Dude Android Samsung Google other Android oems Ftw, with the Trademark™ ®©

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:39

68. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


wow. you really dont know about the exynos chip huh? you are like teaching an old dog new tricks. old dogs are very hard headed and dont want to learn. yes the exynos has 4 a7 cores (not a9 like you keep saying, you're still lost). and 4 a15 cores. that makes 8. you know 4+4=8. you can do that math right? here's a little reading for you to do to fix your trolling wisdom so maybe next time you troll about the exynos gs4 you'll know more of what you're talking about.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exynos_%28system_on_chip%29

http://www.samsung.com/global/business/semiconductor/minisite/Exynos/products5octa.html (omg even samsung says it has 4 a7 cores, they must be lying about their own product right??)

posted on 16 May 2013, 09:59

75. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


What are you talking about? I'm referring to the snapdragonS600 cpu.

posted on 16 May 2013, 10:03

76. freebee269 (Posts: 516; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


your previous post said "E5410 is a A15 core" but now you're saying you were refering to a snapdragon 600? you really are lost.

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:34 4

6. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 2992; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


So which 'features' are they going to remove?

posted on 16 May 2013, 15:32

87. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


They will probably just clean up junk and allow you to delete more stuff.

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:35 4

7. Shubham412302 (Posts: 298; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


just buy the one with stock android

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:45 1

8. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


But if anybody other myself acturlly watched Google I/O last night, you'd know that the S4 running Android Stock will only be availible in the USA on the carriers Tmobile and AT&T.
There was no mention of it being availible in the UK
Also the stock android S4 is gonna priced at $649 which converts to about £425 but by the time the UK government has put tax on that we're gonna be looking to pay about £500 for one (if we ever get it in the UK)

posted on 16 May 2013, 06:45 3

9. darkkjedii (Posts: 10045; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


They sure need to.

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