International Samsung Galaxy S III loses local search function after stability update
international variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III which means it has a quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, HSPA+ connectivity and 1GB of RAM. What it also had, until now, was local search. This is the search that is done on the phone itself as part of universal search capabilities. Lately, it has been known as the '604 Siri patent which Apple used to score preliminary injunctions against the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus in the States. The latter's injunction has been stayed pending completion of Samsung's appeal, but the Korean based manufacturer is not taking chances with the hottest selling phone on the planet. Under the guise of a 'Stability' update, Samsung is taking precautions by removing the offending local search functionality on the international model of the phone. In the U.S., Samsung has already removed it from the AT&T and Sprint variants of the phone.
If things ever work out between Apple and Samsung, we're sure that local search can be replaced. In the meantime, Apple's lawyers are no doubt hard at work looking for another way to legally stall the Apple iPhone's top competitor.
1. frydaexiii (Posts: 1175; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
WTF?! What does Apple being pathetic b****es in US have to do with the international customers? Apple needs to die, right now.
2. SEUL8TR (banned) (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Jul 2012)
Agree. im just waiting for that day when Apple
shares collapse and the company becomes like
BB and Nokia... lets hope wish and pray.
4. Elvis. (Posts: 25; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
This is so stupid.. Apple is so stupid.. Why the hell do we live in a so stupid world?
9. spidey99 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)
Yahoo should sue Apple for "internet search" patent, so iFong will became a "local search" only device. haha iFool, do all the local search you want!
11. sid07desai (Posts: 242; Member since: 03 May 2012)
I hate 2 things in my life and my opinion about them will never change:
2) When I take a poop and water splashes back on my a$$.
12. SGAppleHater (banned) (Posts: 2; Member since: 25 Jul 2012)
I've just seen the UK update on Samsung Kies and luckily enough my phone didn't have enough juice to run the update. I'm tempted to not bother, not that I use the local search function, but out of sheer spite.....but would I be cutting off my nose to spite my face? I wonder what improvements are on there which I could be missing out on. I really do hate Apple. I admire their hardware and how they market their products, but I hate their software and how they probably have a legal team which is 100 times the size of their product development team. I actually hate any company which makes too much money...which I'm guessing would include Samsung despite the fact that they brought me the best phone ever made.