Samsung looking to release more Galaxy S4 on-board storage to the user, through software optimisation

Ever since the Samsung Galaxy S4 hit the market, a minority of users have bemoaned its lack of storage space. Although it promises 16GB of storage, the reality is that just over 9GB is actually available to the owner from the box. The rest is needed for Samsung's own software and Android wizardry.

The issue even saw the phone take centre stage on the BBC's consumer reports programme, Watchdog.

And while it seems unfair that this particular phone has been targeted for a problem that affects many others, Samsung has responded by saying that it is looking into releasing more on-board storage to the consumer.

Speaking to CNET, a Samsung spokesman said the company was considering ways to optimise the core software to open up more storage. "We are reviewing the possibility to secure more memory space through further software optimisation," they said.

"Samsung is committed to listening to our customers and responding to their needs as part of our innovation process."

A new version of the phone was announced last night during the Google I/O opening keynote, the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Edition, which dispenses with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface and presents the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system in its raw form - much like the Nexus 4. It will be interesting to see how much internal storage that allows users to access from the off.