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Samsung Galaxy S4 Android OS Takes Up Half of Available 16GB Storage Memory

galaxy-s4-usable-spaceSamsung currently has the 16GB version of the Galaxy S4 on sale, but users recently started complaining on forums pointing out the fact that only 8.49GB of the stocked 16GB is available to users.  The Android Operating System and the various Samsung TouchWiz apps combine to take up almost half of the storage memory.

The outrage has prompted Samsung to release a statement to CNET UK:

For the Galaxy S4 16 GB model, approximately 6.85 GB occupies the system part of internal memory, which is 1 GB bigger than that of the Galaxy S3, in order to provide a high resolution display and more powerful features to our consumers. To offer the ultimate mobile experience to our users, Samsung provides a microSD slot on Galaxy S4 for extension of memory.

Galaxy S4 microSD Card Slot For Additional 64GB Memory

The response suggests users to take advantage of the microSD slot that makes available up to [easyazon-link asin=”B009QZH6JS” locale=”us”]another 64GB of storage[/easyazon-link].  The solution is actually a nice perk, considering a few of the main competitors on the market, namely the iPhone 5 and HTC One, do not have the additional memory card slot available.

Users do need to keep in mind that the microSD memory is strictly for storage.  It is meant for storing files such as photos and music files.  If you are a heavy user of applications, especially larger apps or games (i.e. Real Racing 3, which takes up to 1.12GB alone), you will need larger built-in internal storage.  Apps cannot be installed on the microSD memory card unless you install third party apps, such as [easyazon-link asin=”B004OZPOX0″ locale=”us”]AppMgr Pro III (App 2 SD)[/easyazon-link].

Currently, the 16GB model is the only one available on the market, and we have not found evidence of any rumored models with larger internal memory storage.  Let us know if you hear otherwise.

Source: CNET UK

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