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Samsung Galaxy S4 software update released, phone now more stable

Luke Johnson


Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung Galaxy S4 users, update your handset now

A recently announced Samsung Galaxy S4 software update has been released in the UK for the first time, 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. Launched in Germany last week, the new Samsung Galaxy S4 software update is now available to the handset's UK users for the first time.

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.

Being rolled out across the UK's 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).

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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June 6, 2013, 7:22 pm

Interesting how these stability issues did not get mentioned in your review of the S4 and it got highly recommended.


June 6, 2013, 9:21 pm

"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."

Just to warn you guys, with the Galaxy Note 1, the latest update also kicked off in Germany, on 18 Feb. It still has not reached all UK versions (nor many other countries). Be prepared to be patient.


June 7, 2013, 7:03 am

We gently recommend the updates for the international version Gt-i9500 ..


June 7, 2013, 6:26 pm

Can it be updated without wi-fi?


July 11, 2013, 1:31 pm

Hey guys I have heard that this firmware update was pulled back by samsung but be sure to expect a new one coming in the not too distant future.

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