updated 07:08 am EDT, Thu May 16, 2013
Televised investigation forces Samsung to work on space issue
Samsung is working on reducing the amount of internal storage in the Galaxy S4 that is taken up by the operating system. After a number of customer complaints and an investigation from the BBC consumer affairs show Watchdog, the company will try to shrink the room its TouchWiz implementation and other items it has added to the base Android installation.
While Samsung is not the only phone manufacturer to use up a large portion of its storage for its software, it is considered to be one of the top offenders. Software on the HTC One 16GB takes up 7.14GB of space, just under half the total amount available, while Apple has managed to squeeze its software into roughly 3.5GB in comparison. Samsung's initial on-device software leaves only 8.82GB available to the user on the 16GB model, but it does trump the HTC One and iPhone by providing a microSD card slot to expand the total amount of storage available to the user.
A statement from the company received by CNET after the program aired states "We appreciate this issue being raised and we will improve our communications. Also, we are reviewing the possibility to secure more memory space through further software optimization."
Yesterday, Google revealed it will be selling a fully unlocked version of the Galaxy S4, complete with a stock installation of Android. While it is not clear what version of Android will be installed, as it is possible Google could announce another iteration of the mobile OS at its currently-running developer event, it will go on sale from June 26th for $649.