Consumers were a bit miffed when the 16GB Galaxy S4 began shipping and they found that almost half of the storage was consumed by Samsung’s own applications. The company said that the space was required in order to deliver more powerful features.
It’s not a major problem for those who root, but for consumers who don’t, you’re limited to less than 10GB for all of your applications. You can help alleviate the problem by adding a microSD card for additional storage, but that’s reserved for media such as photos, music and videos.
Samsung is now responding to the issue yet again. “We appreciate this issue being raised and we will improve our communications,” Samsung told CNET UK. “Also, we are reviewing the possibility to secure more memory space through further software optimisation. Samsung is committed to listening to our customers and responding to their needs as part of our innovation process.”
We’re not sure how much space Samsung can end up saving, but a future software update might be able to help consolidate the existing software into a smaller package.