A couple weeks back when Samsung launched the Galaxy S4 in India, we pointed out that the 16GB version of the smartphone only has 8.82GB of user available storage in our hands-on post. This reminded us of the Microsoft Surface Pro controversy, but Samsung maintained that users could solve the issue by installing a memory card as the OS consumed all that space. Today, it seems like Samsung is backtracking on its stance and according to a CNET report.
Apparently, the issue was brought up on the BBC show Watchdogs in the UK, where the device was being featured. Samsung reportedly said that it was reviewing possibilities of freeing up more storage for its users via further software optimizations. Also Read - Samsung Galaxy S4 price slashed in India, now on sale via Amazon India for Rs 17,999
Normally, on a 16GB smartphone running Android one expects around 12GB of space being available to the user, but 8.82GB in the case of the Galaxy S4 is indeed overkill. Most of the extra memory is probably consumed by the TouchWiz UX that Samsung employs over Android. Also Read - Android 5.0.1 Lollipop update for Samsung Galaxy S4 starts rolling out in India: Report
With the Galaxy S4, Samsung has added an insane amount of software features and some are blaming these excessive features for the lack of storage.
Interestingly, yesterday at Google I/O, a special version of Galaxy S4 was announced which runs stock Android and will receive updates directly from Google. This phone will be available in the US via the Google Play store for $649. We are quite sure; this model will have more user available memory, as it does not have the TouchWiz layer on top of the operating system.