The problem of advertised storage amounts on phones versus how much is actually available after the OS and apps have been preloaded onto the device has escalated to the point where the (international) 16 GB Samsung Galaxy S IV offers a mere 9.5 GB to users when everything is said and done. Apparently, the issue has gotten bad enough to catch the eye of a BBC consumer affairs show, which will air a segment regarding the problem next week.
The show, Watchdog, will air an episode on Wednesday, May 15 with a segment about the phone’s storage issues. The end of this week’s episode featured a teaser for the report, with presenter Anne Robinson asking, “[Samsung] claims its new Galaxy phone has an extra-large memory — what did it forget to mention?”
The issues undoubtedly come as a result of the massive amount of proprietary Samsung software that comes on the new flagship device as part of the updated TouchWiz UI, including Smart Stay, Smart Scroll, Air Gesture, Air View, S Translator, and more.
While there is a remedy to the problem — namely, the phone’s microSD card expansion slot — it’s true that it’s not an idea solution for storage issues on Android, an issue that the show will likely address. For all you UK readers out there, the show will air on BBC1 at 8 PM on Wednesday.
Source: Android Central