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Samsung Galaxy S4 Update: New Firmware Brings Extra Storage Space, Features

By Melanie Ehrenkranz on June 6, 2013 1:40 PM EDT 0

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Samsung launched a software update for the Galaxy S4, which will give devices extra memory space. (Photo: Reuters)

Samsung Galaxy S4 is reportedly getting a new software update. Samsung is addressing the initial complaints the handset received by rolling out a new Galaxy S4 firmware update, which increases available storage space and brings several enhancements to the handset.

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Compared to the 16GB variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4 with only 9.15GB of memory space for installed apps, the updated firmware gives the Galaxy S4 user the capability to move apps to an SD card, increasing the storage to 9.23GB, SamMobile reports. Galaxy S4 users frustrated by the device's lack of memory space can welcome a little extra device storage with the update. Samsung's flagship device benefits in several other ways from the new software update.

Aside from increased memory storage, the Samsung Galaxy S4 software update includes a new camera firmware, Smart Pause Toggle, semi-transparent status bar, new icons in settings, secure boot status, increased display legibility and a fixed smearing issue (purple effect users were seeing), SamMobile reports. Additionally, Samsung Galaxy S4 devices will be able to record HDR video with the new software update.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 firmware update, Android 4.2.2 PDA version I9505XXUBMEA, is 365MB, according to Latinos Post. It will affect both the Exynos 5 Octa eight-core Galaxy S4 variant as well as the Qualcomm Snapdragon Galaxy S4. CNET notes that the update is currently only available in Germany. The new software update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 will arrive in different countries at different times, according to Latinos Post. Interested in the firmware update? Users can download the latest update via Samsung's KIES software or via FOTA (Firmware-Over-The-Air). Make sure to charge your Galaxy S4 prior to performing the update.

Firmware details, as reported by SamMobile: 

Model: GT-I9505
Country: Germany
Version: Android 4.2.2
Changelist: 768421
Build date: Wed, 29 May 2013 16:05:23 +0000
Product Code: DBT
PDA: I9505XXUBMEA
CSC: I9505OXABMEA
MODEM: I9505XXUBMEA 

Samsung Galaxy S4 devices were released in April, selling more than 10 million units globally in under a month, according to PC Mag. This makes the Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung's fastest-selling smartphone to date. The Galaxy S4 has a 5-inch, 1,920x1,080 full HD AMOLED touch-screen display. The Samsung Galaxy S4 runs on Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. 

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