Samsung Galaxy S 4 Software Update Improves Visual Voicemail, ISIS App

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 owners should keep an eye out for a small maintenance update this morning bringing two minor updates to the recently launched flagship smartphone. According to T-Mobile’s support page, the update “improves the Visual Voicemail app and includes ISIS app improvements.” You remember Project ISIS, don’t you…that mobile payment system we’re STILL waiting to launch nationwide?

You can go about receiving the update in one of two ways, the typical over-the-air method which begins today, May 7th. Your second option to update is of course old faithful with Samsung’s Kies software. If I were you, I’d just wait for the OTA notification and save yourself from having to use the Kies software. Trust me on this one.

If you notice any other changes with this update, don’t hesitate to let us know!



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  • damellman

    What about improving the battery life and the weird letter smuging … and the lag apps?

    • Edgar Gomez

      weird letter smudging? i haven’t noticed that part

      • NuShrike

        Black background listviews, bright text smears when scrolling.

  • Guest

    The Note 2 will not be dethroned!!!

    • nycplayboy78

      AMEN!!!! Well until the Galaxy Note III comes out….YAY :)

  • James

    They should include the option to remove bloatware in this update!

    • Edgar Gomez

      you could just hide the bloat ware and disable them. Go to your apps and hit menu, there is a “hide applications” option. To disable an app go to Menu-Setting-Application manager-All(slide to right) then for example go down to Com2uSPoker uncheck Show Notifications and click on “Disable”. most of the apps have this option. just make sure its not some application your phone needs.

      • Jose Hernandez

        I have a GS3 and have tried that several times with Zynga. The app just keeps coming back on it’s own. It is very annoying.

      • NuShrike

        We’re also looking for getting back storage space.

  • Want2CBetter

    Got it at 6am today.

  • mreveryphone

    It’s nice having a phone not a lot of people have yet, update can as soon as I turned my phone on this morning. On another note is anyone experiencing lag within the UI?

    • Mark Li

      the lag has been mentioned 100s of times over at xda forum, especially the att version, some tmo users experience it too. my s4 has it as well, so i just turned down the animations to .5 and all was snappier, but the camera shutter speed is still laggy, hopefully they’d fix that soon.

    • NuShrike

      Lag is less with battery saving off. But yes, Android will always have lag until they change key parts of the design. Butter was not enough.

      Disabling Wallet for ISIS is a huge mistake.

    • Trevor Traub

      I noticed that turning Air Gestures off reduced some of the minor lag I experienced. I still have Air View on how ever. I get next to no lag. I also turned off all of the eye tracking stuff, but I didn’t notice much lag from it. I did notice some drain on the battery from it however.

  • mdosu

    They better hurry up and figure out ISIS, b/c the lack of a mobile payment app is pissing me off. I want to use Google Wallet on my GN2, but they’ve locked out this feature b/c of the ISIS market testing. Yet they’re only in one freaking market. They need to either expand or relent that Google beat them to it and give up, sell it to Google, or buy Google’s process.

    • VG

      Wow, this is very interesting! I guess that T-Mobile is blocking Google Wallet on their branded phones since T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon are partners in this Isis mobile payment system. I’m surprised that Google/Samsung is allowing T-Mobile to do this. I can’t imagine Apple would allow a feature like this to be shutdown by a carrier if future iPhones have NFC and Apple introduces their own mobile payment system. Another reason I love my unlocked Nexus 4…carriers can’t mess with operating system features. Reminds me of the old days when I was with Verizon, and even though my Motorola feature phone (Verizon-branded) had Bluetooth capabilities for syncing my phone with my PC’s address book, Verizon shut down this feature and was selling their own service for syncing contacts. Funny how some things never change!

      • mdosu

        carriers have the right to lock down certain software on their own branded phone. I stand corrected btw, apparantly ISIS is now in 3 markets

        • VG

          So, since the Nexus 4 and the iPhones don’t have carrier branding, the carrier is not allowed to block OS native functionality. The consumer market would be better served by the carriers NOT blocking native OS functionality, and simply installing additional software (which many users consider “bloat”) to allow the user to decide what to use. Doesn’t seem right, but I guess all is fair in the pursuit of the almighty $. Can you imagine the uproar if Apple or Google blocked apps that competed with their OS features? Then again, Apple does do this now and then, but I have never heard of Google blocking an app.

        • Trevnerdio

          Apple always goes for the block.


  • AT&T is now selling the 32gb version of the SGS4. Why the hell isn’t T-Mobile stepping up. I’ve supported T-Mobile forever but this is just total bull shit. AT&T got the exclusive on the HTC One, They just got the new LG Optimus Pro, great phone with all killer specks and now the SGS4. I am so pissed off right now I could knock someone the fu– out.

    • g2a5b0e

      ….or you could just chill out & be patient. Good things come to those who wait.

      • mdosu

        agreed, sounds like first world problems to me.

        • g2a5b0e


    • Emokidsloveme

      I’m pretty mad about it too. I asked them about the 32gb yesterday on twitter and they acted like I made up the 32gb and then suggested an SD card. They are selling a model, the 16gb, that won’t let you fully enjoy owning the phone and then their horrible customer outreach just puts a nice topping on a terrible pie. I think it is amazing that AT&T saw a coming storm with the 16gb and got in front of it. Tmobile is pretending that it doesn’t exist. I’m not happy at all. I’ll just wait, I am not interested in a phone that can only have a few apps. It’s 2013.

      • Emokidsloveme

        Also, if so many people are complaining about the size constraints, wouldn’t you give a date for the higher capacity models, instead of “whe have no information on a 32gb?” this who launch has been botched. Completely and utterly botched.

        • Most customers think this can be fixed by installing an sd-card. Many don’t realize apps, games etc. can not be moved to your sd-card unless the phone is rooted and hacked. Sometimes on the latest Jell Bean OS this still can not be done, only if you drop back down to 4.1.2. Most tech supports at T-Mobile or all tech supports also think the sd-card is the answer so it’s like talking to a drunk in a bar. My SGS3 has 32gb of int memory with 64gb class 10 sd-card, I’m not going to buy the SGS4 with 8.8gb of int memory and call that an upgrade. Just hope that AT&T doesn’t also have the exclusive on the 32gb SGS4, I’ll love to get my hands on the 64gb model. Come on T-Mobile, take care of your long time customers who have stuck by you when everyone else was leaving.

      • Mario W.

        You just need to go and buy the One and only, The Best, The Sexiest, Smart Cell to date. The HTC One baby. WeeWoo!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m Loving It.

  • WhippetNYC

    I updated my firmware last night (TMobile) and today, i found that the auto-rotation no longer works!!

    i.e. when you look at a landscape picture with the phone vertically oriented, it would be more desirable to rotate one’s phone, and typically, the phone would autorotate the display.

    i also checked the checkbox under Display in the phone’s Settings menu, and, yes, Auto Rotate Display is checked. Also: Smart Rotate is off.

    any ideas to correct this please?


    • Trevor Traub

      Uncheck and recheck Smart Rotate.

      • lovingmyGN2

        Ahhh the detects of the first batches. I love it! That’s why i always wait at least 3 months before buying a phone.

    • mike a

      Anyone else lost auto rotation??

    • mine works fine

  • Slick

    I don’t know if this has anything to do with the update but when I was streaming music I noticed the volume would fluctuate.

  • Trevnerdio

    Samsung text-to-speech still crashing…and about the battery life…how good of battery can you really get from a quad core 1080p phone?

  • WhippetNYC

    Hi All:

    the cell phone handset and the kitchen sponge are the 2 most dirty objects we own, according to many studies i’ve read. this has been repeatedly talked about and i can understand why!

    as such, i want to be able to clean my cell phone, if not daily, maybe every other day. coming home after a long day, hands have touched everything, door knobs, handles, money, and then we grab our cell phones.

    May i ask what is the best way to clean and disinfect our cell phones?

    i’ve thought of using those wet wipes (round plastic dispenser containers, in a roll form inside) from Clorox wet wipes, they don’t seem that strong.

    i’ve also thought of using Alcohol Pads (those tiny 1″ x 1″ square little thin alcohol pads available from any drug store, many use these to wipe oral thermometers when they’re sick).

    Windex and paper towels?

    What might be least hurtful to the phone yet still effective in disinfecting and cleaning? Thanks in advance.

    • the2000guy

      Use those alcohol pads if your phone has cover, I dont recommend to use alcohol in Smartphones without cover because some of them have an oleophobic -coat and you can wipe it out using alcohol. Dont use windex.

      • WhippetNYC

        thx much for your follow up reply.

        still, how would one at least attempt to disinfect a little? water and paper towels won’t work… mmm…

    • lovingmyGN2

      Put some anti microbial soap , put it on bounty and slightly rinse while just slightly the soap. Make sure it’s not too soapy but also make sure it has some noticeable suds. Squeeze the bounty and wipe your phone. Personally i think your germaphobia is ridiculous and hilarious but to each his own. I use dish soap.