Published on June 7th, 2013 | by Hensley Carrasco


Samsung Galaxy S4 software update adds improvements

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Now that the Samsung Galaxy S4 has seen the light of day for a couple of weeks now, the consumer requests for changes have come and are relatively doable by way of updates.

Due to the requests, Samsung will begin to roll out updates to fix a variety of issues consumers have found with their phones. Though they won’t be able to make their phones more easily rootable, the company will be fixing issues that users have been exposed to.

One of the biggest quips in the initial software of the S4 has been the inability for users to move apps and games to the SD card. What moving the apps to SD allows Android users to do is move part of the package, or apk, to the SD card in order to allow less room to be taken up in the phone. With the 16gb S4 models being shipped with a massive amount of pre-installed software – leaving the user with only 9.15gb of actual room – having this feature is vital in loading up phones with all the software one would like.

With the addition the ability to move apps to the SD card, SamMobile reports that 80mb will be freed from the phone’s internal storage to give the user 9.23gb of free space to work with.

A new fix that will come with the update is one that at times became cumbersome is the Smart Pause – a feature that detects when a user looks away from the phone in order to pause videos and resume them when they look back at the screen.

The non-blurred icon on the top of the notification bar is the Smart Pause icon that remains on. With the update, Smart Pause will be able to be toggled rather than remain consistently on.

The update will also add a couple of other features.

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

At the moment, the software is “only available for the Snapdragon-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505),” according to SamMobile, but they report of confirmation that the software update will be available for the Exynos-powered Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500).

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