As promised Samsung has started rolling out an update designed to address the long criticized amount of storage on the 16GB of the Galaxy S4. This new minor firmware update brings the ability to move applications to the external SD (memory card). A feature that was previously removed in Google’s factory ROMs (but not in AOSP or CM).
This will hopefully calm down the complains, it also managed to free around 80MB of storage on the internal memory, allowing the storage count to go up to 9.23GB. Another notable change concerned the notification bar which is now semi-transparent and the addition of a toggle for the Smart Pause feature . Last but not least is the improvement regarding the camera firmware and several bug fixes under the hood.
Avid gamers should now be able to move their GB-sized games to their memory cards!
The update weighs around 365MB & is currently rolling out to German Snapdragon 600-powered S4s (GT-I9505), the Exynos variant is expected to obtain it via OTA and KIES in matter of days. The changelog 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)
Moving Apps to your external SD solves the low memory problem. Users should be however aware that the implementation works best work with a fast branded MicroSD (Class 10 is recommended). You may encounter delays in App execution and lags in the application stored on the memory card itself shall you ever use a low quality slow memory card.