AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III finesses a potential sales ban with a security update

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S III finesses a potential sales ban with a security update
A security update to the Samsung Galaxy S III is rolling out for AT&T subscribers, and, besides fixes for a few small issues, like prematurely asking for unlock pin and such, it also "dumbs down" Google's unified search function, making contacts, apps and mail search unavailable there. The same procedure was done with Sprint's version just recently.

Why would Samsung and Google do that, you ask? Well, the patent for these searches on a mobile device is held by Apple, and after the sales ban that the Galaxy Nexus went through recently because of it, Samsung doesn't want to take any chances.

It is a bit ironic to limit a search function in a mobile OS from a company whose bread-and-butter activity is search, but we are sure there will be ways around that, if not by 3rd party apps, then from the modding community. For now, if you accept the OTA update on your AT&T Galaxy S III, know that it will make your text search function rather crippled, but you'll still be able to search for apps, contacts and mail with your voice, which is not part of Apple's patent.

Thanks for the tip, Bryan!

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Galaxy S III AT&T
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(8.00h talk time)



2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Another way to circumvent Apple's patent would be to provide a setting/option selection page/screen where the user could select web or phone as search options. This whole routine about a patent for unified search is just so much nonsense. It ultimately will be proved invalid, but in the interim....

3. omacmagics

Posts: 42; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

I can't rap my head around this patented s**t called " universal search " Isn't this Google's idea they used for their search engine way back in 2007??? All Apple did is take the idea from the Google's search engine and implemented it in their phone to work as such, and boldly patented it. Wow! Good going to the idiots at the patent office. There was a time I liked Apple but now I see who they truly are, a bunch of maniacs, thieving, patenting trolls.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30971; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Ur rite but unfortunately apple patented first. And u know how that goes.

4. bawalove

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 18, 2011

what the f***k is all this patent about.....patent on universal search?,i mean this is bulls** dont see this patent war in the pc world ,why is it with mobile it that there should be only one mobile phone in the world

6. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Im really beggining to hate Apple, i love technology and innovation, as much as im a fan of some Apple products, im beginning to doubt Apple as a brand and what it stands for. Dont they think they are damaging their image by doing things like these, blocking innovations from blossoming. Feel like smashing my iPhone against the wall, better yet at Tim Cook and go spit on Steve Job's grave, this is a disgrace if u ask me. Then again its just my opinion. And hell no, i wont smash my iPhone against the wall, its just a thought, luv it stax! But beginning to hate the company behind it and their brand

7. marchels14 unregistered

i hate you ruined a great phone,apple is only suing everyone,see you in hell apple.

8. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Who the frig works at the USPTO?! This "universal" search patent needs to be invalidated and the patent office needs an overhaul. Google, go ahead and do it... just say f**k it and patent "infinite" search. That ought to just about nip it in the bud.

11. spinz

Posts: 27; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

I think Google should patent having widgets in their android os before apple decide to bring it to their iphones.

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