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International Samsung Galaxy S4 Getting Update, Brings Apps-to-SD and HDR Video

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With an update weighing in at 370MB, Samsung is doing some mildly big things with the Galaxy S4 software. The update is being listed primarily as a stability update, but there are a few bumps in the camera firmware, the addition of apps-to-SD functionality, ability to capture HDR video, as well as Samsung trying to cut back on how much storage the overall system uses up. Remember how that’s kind of a big deal? It might only be about a tenth of a gig, but hey, that’s certainly better than them taking even more. 

Another addition in the update is that Samsung has made the status bar fully transparent, as it should be, but there was a small bug that wasn’t allowing for that to happen. Beyond that, not much is listed, meaning it really must have been a lot of behind the scenes work by Sammy.

If the international variant is receiving this update, it’s likely that American units could see a similar update sometime in the future.

Via: All About Samsung | SamMobile

  • sunsamsung

    I got this last night on my S4. Apparently the Author here is an epic dumb ass saying that it may not make it to the US models. Idiot! FAIL!

  • Kane Desousa

    Hi, so I have the update on my rooted att phone. The consensus is that you can not install game data to the SD card only the app itself. So yeah…

  • Kevin

    Does it fix camera reboot problem ?

    • Samu Samu

      Camera still a little bugs on the screen

  • rdoib

    That calculates to this feature should show up on Verizon S4 in about 6-9 months.

  • Ashley M

    I hope eventually this option will be available on the GS3..not going to hold my breath though.

  • dmagicp

    I need them to bring apps to SD to the note 2 so I can use this 64GB sd card dammit!

    • RaptorOO7

      With this in tow on any Galaxy Note it makes the phone useful, yet the rule should be 32GB and NOT 16GB phones.

      • PaladinBladeX

        And the big problem with the S4 isn’t JUST that its a 16GB phone, but also that its like 55% full on just the OS and all the bloatware.

  • Illinipoke

    Apps to SD will be awesome!

    …. I said 3 years ago holding my Moto Droid

    This makes my Note2 vs s4 delima tougher, was leaning note 2.

    • Blue Sun

      Can you hold out for 2013 Q4 Note III?

  • RaptorOO7

    I certainly hope this is something that comes to ALL carriers (especially) AT&T very quickly. I would like to carry lots of big apps (games) on my microSD card.

    Is there anyway to implement this into a custom ROM in the meantime?

  • Michael

    I thought this was implemented in 2.3? was it removed?

    • T4rd

      I think it was implemented in 2.2 initially, but Google removed the native apps to SD feature in ICS/4.0+ due to a lot of app complications it created (such as breaking apps with widgets if you moved them to the SD card). I would think the more logical choice would be to fix the apps to SD feature though, not remove it =p.

  • Bionicman

    i would think the option to do apps to SD is a pretty big whoop. I dont think many 4.0 devices can do that right?

    • Blue Sun

      I might be mistaken, but I thought that option was removed in 4.1.X. (JB).

      • DREX

        I used to have a droid 3 before i got the GS3 last year. If i remember correctly I had the option to put the app on the phone storage or the SD card.

        • Blue Sun

          Was your D3 (or GS3, for that matter) on ICS or GB?

      • Angelo Allegra

        Actually that option was removed from Android phones since ICS (4.0).
        How it is possible that Samsung is the only one managing to do exactly what I want? MicroSD external storage, removable battery, and now this. Damn, it really seems Google and the other manufacturers are really turning Android in something I do not like (and in iPhone clones since all these feature lacking, as in the Apple phone).

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  • Jordan

    Coming to Verizon a month or two later.

    • SkylaC90

      coming to Verizon 6 months later filled with bugs.

      • Blue Sun

        You guys are more generous than I would be…

        • Jordan

          I’m only saying one month because I’m on the Verizon S4 and don’t want to wait any longer.

          • Blue Sun

            I hope you’re not going to hold your breath. It’s Verizon…

        • SkylaC90

          That is exactly why I started rooting my devices, never looked back.

          ps. I love using over 100 gigs of data a month with free tethering.

          • Blue Sun

            All my other devices have been rooted. The Xoom, for whatever reason has been quite difficult. I’ve even had to RMA it since it had trouble with OTA’s.

          • serpa4

            Because of people like you we don’t have unlimited data any more.

          • SkylaC90

            yupp people like me, it’s kinda your fault you gave up your unlimited now isn’t it. gonna try to use over 200 gigs just for the hell of it. wish me luck ok.

            P.S. You Mad Bro!

          • serpa4

            I have unlimited data. It’s all those others who lost it because they upgraded their phones under contract u helped screw. Definitely not mad. I can afford full retail for a new phone every year as I did with my Note 2.

      • zorak19620

        “Coming to Verizon 1 year later filled with bugs and signs you up for five different monthly subscription apps that really don’t do anything.”


        • DanSan

          “Coming to Verizon 1 year later filled with bugs and signs you up for five different monthly subscription apps that really don’t do anything and charging you a $30 upgrade charge while without questioning of moral or legal issues give away your information to a government hell bent on removing your personal liberties and freedoms one by one”

          • SkylaC90

            ok you win, I can’t compete with all that, hmmm wonder why i’m still a Verizon customer???

      • michael arazan

        I hope it also comes to the vzw Note 2 and GS3 and hopefully not 6 months from now