Samsung updates Galaxy S4 with ability to transfer apps to SD card due to complaints of storage space


Early last month, users that purchased the 16GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 had an unpleasant surprise waiting for them. Despite being called the 16GB version, people soon discovered that they only had around 9GB of storage left to them for personal use.

When asked to comment on this discrepancy, Samsung simply said that the space that was being taken up was needed “in order to provide [a] high resolution display and more powerful features to our consumers.” They suggested that the microSD slot could be used to expand the memory. The only problem was, apps on the Galaxy S4 couldn’t be transferred over the SD card, leaving users that have numerous apps (especially games) with a phone sorely lacking in storage space.

Now, the company has begun rolling out a brand new update that with a change that should help address this issue — the ability to move apps to the SD card. In addition to that, they’ve also made other additions and changes to the phone:

-New Camera firmware
-Smearing issue has been fixed (Purple effect while scrolling)
-Smart Pause Toggle
-Move Apps to SD Card
-HDR Video (Can record HDR video)
-Semi-transparent status bar
-New Icons in Settings
-Secure boot status (About Phone)
-Increase legibility (Display) (New feature)

According to The Verge, the update has begun hitting German S4’s with the Snapdragon chip. Unfortunately for users in the US and other countries, they’ll have to wait for their carriers to issue the update — something that might take a few months. Yikes. Still, it’s better than no update at all.

[via SamMobile, The Verge]

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  • Steve

    Another good reason not to buy ANY smart phone or tablet yet.

  • Alen

    It would be better for all Galaxy phones…

  • Alex

    That is good and all, but what about the bug with the messaging. If you are connected to a Wi-Fi that has an apostrophe in the name and you get an MMS message then the messaging would force stop and it wouldn’t download the message. I would have to turn off the Wi-Fi in order to get messaging to work again. Thank goodness for Google search.

  • Mukhi

    [@Tom Fall] well, apps cannot be transferred in any phone unless you root it.
    this is helluva good news. cool job, sammy. i don’t think i would ever run out of space because of installed app (since i am not a gamer, and i can keep docs/music/photo/video in microSD) but it is definitely gonna be useful for gamers and people who like to flood their devices with apps.

  • Tom Fall

    It would be a good idea if Samsung issued an update for the Galaxy S3 to permit the transfer of Apps to the micro-card. Whilst the S3 is a brilliant piece of kit it was really disappointing, when you find out after purchase, that the apps can’t be transferred.