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Samsung Advises Users to Buy SD Card to Expand Galaxy S4’s Storage

Samsung Galaxy S4 | Official Website

Samsung Galaxy S4 | Official Website

Users were complaining about Samsung Galaxy S4’s storage capacity, saying that almost half of its 16 GB storage was occupied by its mobile operating system and built-in apps. The company said in a statement:

For the Galaxy S4 16 GB model, approximately 6.85 GB occupies [the] system part of internal memory, which is 1 GB bigger than that of the Galaxy S3, in order to provide [a] high resolution display and more powerful features to our consumers.

In case users are not satisfied with the remaining 8.49 GB of space, Samsung suggests that they expand it with a microSD card.

microSD Card on Galaxy S4: The Boon and the Bane

Owners of Galaxy S4 were able to expand their handset’s storage capacity up to 80 GB with the help of a microSD. The additional space could be used to store eBooks, music, movies and other files, but not mobile apps. That’s because Google removed that capability with Android 4.0.

The disparity between the listed storage and the usable storage is nothing new. In fact, manufacturers typically list their device’s capacity at a maximum amount, regardless of how much of it is taken by system software. What’s uncommon, though, is the size of disparity.

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