Sprint ‘Security Update’ strips the Galaxy S III off its Universal Search feature
Before you get mad at the carrier, we have to note that this could have something to do with the recent Galaxy Nexus ban. Apple managed to get the Nexus banned in court exactly over its universal search feature, patented by Cupertino. So, this quiet update that rolled out might be there exactly just so that Samsung and Sprint can avoid getting hit with a lawsuit.
We’ll keep a close eye on updates for Samsung Galaxy S IIIs offered on other US carriers. Logically, they’d need to receive the same update to bypass the legal threat. So far, the international Galaxy S III shouldn’t be affected as the patent win is only valid for the United States.
source: PC World
1. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)
make the search function to be specifically limited to Web, apps, contacts, email, messages and files in the SD card. With only 5 things, you can't say that it is universal, but at the same time, they are wide enough to cover what the users mostly use the search for. The term universal is for everything that is included in the Venn diagram, but it is just some clusters in the diagram itself.
2. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5856; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I wonder if a similar 'disabling' applies to non-Sammy devices, such as the HTC EVO 4G LTE? I will have to check my RAZR.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5856; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Interesting.... Search on my RAZR seems to be limited to the web. Even though the search function states it has the ability to search the phone as well. It gets curiouser and curiouser. Any other RAZR w/ ICS owners out there experiencing the same?
11. ics_magic (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
It works for me, I searched for angry birds and my first results were the apps for it
15. skymitch89 (Posts: 1078; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
You have to go into Settings and enable it to search more than on the web.
4. frydaexiii (Posts: 1236; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
Apple is pathetic, forcing everyone to cripple their devices so they can compete "fairly".
6. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha that is all
8. Leo_MC (Posts: 551; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
The only pathetic thing is US patent system.
10. sithman (banned) (Posts: 299; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)
Well said. Apple can only patent what they're allowed to.
5. ibap (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)
In the title, it should be "of its" - not off.
13. MISTER_H (banned) (Posts: 97; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
Yeap, we are all hoping, expecting, wishing it will be very soon....
Good news awaits.
12. gallitoking (Posts: 4690; Member since: 17 May 2011)
I come to Apple articles read a few comments from the haters that usually drop whatever they are doing to comment.. and I always get a good laugh... "death to Apple"..lolololol...
14. md227a (Posts: 126; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)
I received an OTA update on my AT&T GS3 and no longer have a Universal Search feature either.
16. skymitch89 (Posts: 1078; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
Like I've said before, if it is really that big of a deal that unified search be taken out of Android devices, then why doesn't Google just update their Search App to remove that feature instead of Samsung sending out updates to their devices. Practically every Android device has a unified search. I have the Evo Shift, and if I press the search button, I can do a search for something like Twitter and get options of going to the website, doing a Google Search for Twitter, or launching the app.
18. Sackboy117 (Posts: 178; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
Still wondering why they don't sent updates for ALLLL Android Phones since im sure they all have the Universal Search Feature dating back to androids early days.
Wasn't that the few reasons the Search button existed on the bottom right of Android phones since 2008?
19. sprockkets (Posts: 1236; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)
Cause Apple wants to go after the top android phones. AND if the patent is upheld, they don't want to pay more in damages.