Samsung Galaxy S4
Samsung's latest Galaxy S4 phone is seen during its launch at the Radio City Music Hall in New York March 14, 2013Reuters

Smartphone leader Samsung has reportedly released the new firmware update to Exynos 5 powered Galaxy S4 in India on Tuesday within a week of releasing the update in Europe.

Software developers community forum, XDA Developers and the Samsung fan blog, Sammy Hub have reported that the official firmware is 343 MB in size and is available through OTA (Over-The-Air). It can be manually downloaded in to the computer and transfer it to the smartphone via Samsung Kies PC suite.

Earlier, when the Samsung's Galaxy S4 hit global markets in late April, many panned the flagship smartphone for its low storage capacity. Galaxy S4 16GB variant came with more than 10GB of system software and the users were left with little over 9GB space to install apps and store data. Even though the smartphone had microSD slot, users were helpless as the Galaxy S4's software did not support applications and games functioning from the memory card.

In a bid to mitigate the short coming, South Korean company on Thursday (6 June) released a new firmware to free more space and also brought in some new features such as new camera software, refurbished transparent notification panels to the Galaxy S4(GT-19500) bringing cheers to the smartphone fans.

Despite its huge 343MB size, firmware is expected to augment memory space of Galaxy S4 upto 9.23GB from 9.15GB and also enables the Galaxy S4 users to install as well as shift applications and games to the microSD memory.

Key enhancements to Galaxy S4 expected from the new firmware update includes:

  • Users can now move apps to SD memory card.
  • Galaxy S4 can now record HDR (High-Dynamic-Range) video.
  • New icons in setting options.
  • Smart Pause Toggle.
  • Secure boot status.
  • New camera software.
  • Semi-transparent status bar.
  • New display feature (increased legibility).