Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Packs Almost 8GB of Pre-Installed Software

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 has some impressive software, but it comes with a price. It seems that Samsung’s software takes up about half of the 16GB models storage space, leaving users with only about 8.82GB of available storage. Of course, you could always expand the storage of your unit via the microSD slot, as the Galaxy S4 is expandable up to 64GB.

The apps that take up 45% of usable storage on the device are Samsung apps such as ChatOn messaging, S Health, S Travel, Group Play, Dual Camera, Samsung Smart Pause and S Translator, among others.

Another option besides expanding your storage via microSD would be to root the Galaxy S4 and install a custom ROM, which would wipe the device clean of any Samsung bloatware. From the looks of things, most of the Samsung software is pretty useful, but if it doesn’t strike your fancy, the rooting method is a viable option. One thing’s for sure though, if you’re going to purchase a 16GB version of the device, better grab a memory card as well.

[Via: TmoNews]

  • John Stick

    Of course that memory card will be completely useless since you won’t be able to move or install apps to it.

    • Roaduardo

      Been doing that with my rooted S3 since I got it last year. 32gb card. I’m sure I’ll be doing the same with the S4.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jforssblad Jesper Forssblad

    I would realy like to know what the things are that i cant do with any other androidphone that i can do with my samsung? i have only noticed a great amount of crapware in my Samsung s3 and for every update there are even more and the phone gets slower and slower.

  • Richard Yarrell

    This article makes NO SENSE PERIOD. New features added mean extra space taken either purchase the unit or not. You can install a 64gb card and have all your pictures, videos, movies, on the sdcard. Your enternal storage is meant for applications only anyway..

    • squiddy20

      1. This article makes plenty of sense. The fact that you summarized in 2 sentences what they stated in 3 paragraphs is evidence enough of that. It’s you who apparently can’t make sense of it.

      2. “Your enternal storage is meant for applications only anyway..” No. No it’s not. If that were even remotely true, we wouldn’t have the ability to put anything except apps on the “enternal” (seriously, how do you not have autocorrect on your “pimp slapping” Note 2?) storage. We probably wouldn’t even have access to it. So much for all your claims of being “in the know when it comes to technology”.

      3. THIS is the exact reason Google is pushing for a unified storage area. No wondering if a given app’s data is on the internal or external storage. No messing around with 2 different filesystems.

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