Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 may be a very popular smartphone, but that doesn’t make it immune to suffering from some issues. We’ve already talked in our reviews for the handset about the material choice, for instance, and just how excessively scratch-prone it can be. Another problem getting some publicity is the available storage the phone arrives with. Like the Microsoft Surface went through last year, the GS4 is experiencing some bad publicity upon news spreading that the 16GB GS4 ships with just over half of that space actually available to the user. Now, Samsung’s speaking up about the issue, and reveals that it’s going to try and do something about it.
No promises, but Samsung says that it’s “reviewing the possibility to secure more memory space through further software optimization.” We’re not sure just where it might intend to find such extra free space, but that could include removing redundancy, scaling-down excessively large media resources, or better use of compression. The one thing that sounds unlikely is cutting any features just to increase user-available space.
Of course, you could just pop in a cheap microSD card, but we appreciate that Samsung is at least making an effort here.