International Samsung Galaxy S III loses local search function after stability update

International Samsung Galaxy S III loses local search function after stability update
Considering that Apple sold 2 million fewer Apple iPhone units than analysts expected in its fiscal third quarter, the stakes are higher now for Apple to somehow stop that runaway freight train known as the Samsung Galaxy S III. The red hot device sold 10 million units according to Samsung, and the head of Sammy's mobile division says we could see that doubled by the fall. Some of those sales are being made at the expense of Apple's smartphone and the Cupertino based firm probably feels the need to reach into its bag of tricks to stop the Samsung Galaxy S III. That is probably why Samsung is playing it conservatively and has sent out an update to the GT-i9300 as a precaution against litigious Apple attorneys. The new software version is XXBLG6 and the new baseband version is XXLG6.

The GT-i9300, for those who don't remember, is the 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.

source: AndroidCentral

Related phones

Galaxy S III
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(11.60h 3G talk time)



1. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

WTF?! What does Apple being pathetic b****es in US have to do with the international customers? Apple needs to die, right now.


Posts: 30; Member since: Jul 24, 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.

3. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

I hate apple more than my ex.

4. Elvis.

Posts: 25; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

This is so stupid.. Apple is so stupid.. Why the hell do we live in a so stupid world?

5. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

If you want you can always move on

9. spidey99

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 25, 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: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

I hate 2 things in my life and my opinion about them will never change: 1) Apple 2) When I take a poop and water splashes back on my a$$.

12. SGAppleHater

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 25, 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.

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