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. See also: Samsung unveils Galaxy S4 Active smartphone, tough version of flagship.

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. 

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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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