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New Samsung Galaxy S4 Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean Update Might Come to Remove Some of the Bloatware

It seems that Samsung has some problems in Untied Kingdom, because of a BBC TV show called Watchdog. The reporters have started an investigation regarding the freshly launched Samsung Galaxy S4, in an attempt to find out why the flagship smartphone only comes with 8 GB of internal storage from its 16 GB.

As you probably know, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is offering about 8 GB of storage on the 16 GB variant, which made some of the customers unhappy, especially that on the flagship smartphone the Android apps from Google Play Store can’t be installed on the microSD card. Samsung said that the software installed on the device is necessary to activate the cool features and the handset’s gestures, but, of course, there is some bloatware too.

Well, after the BBC TV show and after the investigations Samsung will reportedly launch a new Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software update that will remove some of the bloatware that comes pre-installed on the device.

One of the reasons for Samsung’s move in this direction might be the announcement of Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition that is running stock Android, a device that was announced two days ago at Google I/O 2013. I am curious to see how much of the 16 GB of storage are available for the user in the S4 Google Edition.

I will remind you that the Samsung Galaxy S4 comes with a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with full HD resolution and a pixel density of 441 ppi, plus 16/32/64 GB of internal storage expandable using microSD cards and 2 GB of RAM. The flagship smartphone of the South Korean company boasts a feature-packed 13 megapixel camera with autofocus, LED flash Dual Shot, Simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization, HDR, and support for 1080p@30fps video recording. The front-facing camera has a 2 megapixel sensor, also capable of recording full HD videos.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 connectivity features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, HSDPA, 42.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps; LTE, Cat3, 50 Mbps UL, 100 Mbps DL, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC chip, infrared port, microUSB 2.0, and 3.5 mm jack.

There are two processing solutions for the Samsung Galaxy S4. The I9500 model is powered by Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5 Octa chispet with four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz (which handle the tasks that require more processing power) and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.2 GHz (for improved battery life), plus a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU that provides performance somewhere between the iPad 3 and the iPad 4. On the other hand the Galaxy S4 I9505 is underpinned by a Snadprgon 600 SoC from Qualcomm based on four Krait 300 cores clocked at 1.9 GHz and Adreno 320 GPU.

Do you find any of the bloatware apps useful, or you would want more storage on your Samsung Galaxy S4? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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  • Dennis

    I would really like it if Samsung atleast gave the oppertunity to remove some of the junk they have installed, and to reinstall it again if its ever needed!

  • Gopal

    The ideal solution would be to have the ability to move large app data (game files) to the sd card.
    There’s no way you’d run out of space then.

  • craig

    Make a update so we can add app software to sd card

    • Primalxconvoy

      That function was removed for (jelly bean) as the new usb standard for connection doesn’t allow usb data connection in the same way previous os’ s did. The older system allowed apps to be put on the sd card but also interfered with said apps if a device was connected to a pc and used as an storage device.

      The new system allows for simultaneous use of the phone and data storage whilst connected as a media device to windows vista or equivalent/above devices. Thus, saving apps to sd isn’t available any more.

      I think, however, you can allow the older usb feature on rooted devices?

      • Jaybird

        Obviously Samsung bloat ware takes major storage. But I think the carriers itself such as Verizon is guilty of adding their own bloat ware that takes up storage space that the consumers needs. Smartphone such as iPhone comes with no bloat from carrier which Apple, even though an ahole, did it right

        • Primalxconvoy

          Incorrect. Apple apps that are unwanted can be seen as bloatware, such as the newstand and even the browser. However, unless you hack an iphone, you are stuck with it.

  • Ruben Ayala

    I long for the day when i can buy a stripped down version of an Android device just running the core OS and know that i have a whole world of possibilities. Then and only then would we truly be able to call our devices custom.