Samsung Galaxy S 4 update rolling out with ability to move apps to microSD card, other improvements

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from Omaha, NE
Published: June 6, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Black Mist

After the Galaxy S 4 was the subject of a kerfuffle last month that involved its storage space and the amount that's available to users fresh out of the box, it appears that Samsung has begun rolling out an update that ought to help users reclaim some of their internal memory. SamMobile reports that Samsung is currently rolling out an update to the Galaxy S 4 in Germany that includes the ability to move apps to the device's microSD card, giving users the option to free up some of their S 4's internal memory. The update is also said to increase the 16GB S 4's available storage from 9.15GB to 9.23GB.

In addition to these memory-related enhancements, Samsung has packed a few other notable tweaks into this new Galaxy S 4 update. Those include the ability to record high dynamic range (HDR) video, a Quick Settings toggle for Smart Pause and a fix for a smearing issue that would cause some users to see a purple effect on their device's display while scrolling. SamMobile's full list of changes for the 365.67MB update is as follows:

  • 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)

Overall this sounds like a pretty nice update for Galaxy S 4 owners. Obviously one of its headlining features is the ability to move apps to an SD card, which should help to alleviate the storage woes that some S 4 users have been experiencing, but the smearing bug fix and HDR video features also sound like spiffy additions. The update is currently being pushed to users in Germany, and right now there's no word on when it might begin arriving in other countries. The good news is that at least Galaxy S 4 owners know that there is an update being released that will rescue them from the cramped space that is their phone's internal storage.

Via SamMobile