International Samsung Galaxy S III loses local search function after stability update8
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.