Thursday, June 6, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4 software update released, phone now more stable

A new Samsung Galaxy S4 software update has been released, introducing a number of new user interface fixes in a bid to make the handset more stable.

Amending a selection of minor software glitches found on the flagship Samsung Galaxy S4 since launch, the S4 software update sees new camera firmware added while the handset’s storage space woes, which were investigated by the BBC’s Watchdog, are addressed.

Having come under criticism for the 16GB model offering just 9.15GB of user available storage space, the Samsung Galaxy S4 update allows users to move apps to additional SD storage.

Rolling out across S4 users now, the software release is currently available only for those using the 1.9GHz quad-core rendition of the phone (the model available in the UK). What’s more, the patch has kicked off with a German release. The Samsung Galaxy S4 software update is expected to be made available to all S4 users in the near future.

Lining up at 365.67MB in size, the update alters how the S4 looks and performs, with the purple smearing issue reported by some while scrolling through menus eradicated. On top of this, a semi-transparent status bar has been introduced as have legibility improvements looking to remove text blurring.

With a Smart Pause Toggle option added to the mix, the S4 update sees users now able to benefit from HDR video recording capabilities, moving the high dynamic range features beyond the handset’s stills camera.

Available as an over-the-air fix, the S4 patch is accessible through Samsung KIES.

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