Earlier this month we talked a bit about Samsung and the fact that it had raised the ire of some owners of the Galaxy S 4 and a BBC television program in the UK called Watchdog. The problem is that if you purchase a 16 GB Galaxy S 4 smartphone, you end up with about half of that promised storage space available to you as soon as you open the box. The reason is a huge amount of software that comes preinstalled on the smartphone.
Samsung maintains that the preinstalled software is required to give users the high-end features that they expect on a modern smartphone. However, Samsung is now reportedly reconsidering its stance on gobbling up so much storage space with preinstalled software. Samsung said that it would try and compress the software that it installs on your device into a smaller amount of storage space.
Reducing how much space preinstalled software requires would allow users access to more storage than they have currently. The problem with Samsung using half the available storage space by default is that it significantly limits the number of applications a user can install to their device. The Galaxy S 4 does have a memory card slot, but that memory card slot can only be used to store photos and other similar content.
Apps can only be stored to the internal storage available on the phone. Considering the many high-end video game apps check-in at around 1 GB, users can quickly consume all of the available space. The fact that the S 4 comes with so much software preinstalled doesn't appear to be slowing sales.
Samsung noted recently that it had set an internal record for units shipped with the S 4. At the Google I/O conference this week, the announcement was also made that a version of the Galaxy S 4 without the Samsung TouchWiz user interface will be offered. That should mean that particular version of the smartphone has more storage space than others.