Local search returning to international Galaxy S III

Local search returning to international Galaxy S III
The Local, or universal Search feature found in the Galaxy S III has been the subject of legal attack by Apple in the U.S., as the company from Cupertino has accused Samsung of infringing on one of its patents with it. Because of this, Samsung had to issue a Galaxy S III software update recently, which had to remove the functionality from the U.S. versions of the smartphone.

The thing is, the update also brought a number of system stability tweaks with it, and so it was also rolled out to the international version of the GS III. The problem is that obviously no one bothered to get rid of the "remove local search feature" effect of the update, so international users quickly found out that their devices too lack the function after the update.

Apparently, Samsung has now acknowledged the mistake and has promised that a fix that will restore the functionality will be coming in the following days. Here's the official statement from a Samsung spokesperson:

"The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function. Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days."

It seems everything will soon be back to normal in Samsung town.

via: SlashGear

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39 Comments

1. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I can't understand how Apple has been granted a patent on something old pocket cals, PDA, PC and various other devices did years ago . This should be a logical thing all devices should be able to do search themselves as well as the web?

2. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

how? The us justice and us patent office belong to apple

3. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

At consumer level l am totally refuse to buy any Apple products anymore.

5. S3AllTheWay

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

me too! i'm sick of them trying to shutdown everyone and this is coming from an apple support engineer of 8 years i got my GS3 and love it - i will never get an iphone - EVER - nor an ipad! period!

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

I also won't buy any of Apple products, I don't want to feed that pathetic company!

9. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Me too! Let's boycott Apple! (as if I have ever bought an Apple product :p)

4. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Id buy an Apple product... 3rd party.... and only if I can install Windows or Android on it... and cheaply... So pretty much never... hey I tried right?

28. jacko1977

Posts: 428; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

6. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

This is just ridiculous already. This is a sign of pure bitterness by Apple. "Oh, you made a better phone than mine? Well...well nah uh! It's mine! Wuahhhhhhh I'm gonna tell the Judge on you...you're mean!" Damn...enough already. Make products to make your consumers happy, stop this patent issue crap already. The industry is stuck and not moving fully forward because of this.

8. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

why apple doesn't sue blackberry since it has a universal search function too (on os 6 and 7)

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Because Apple don't see RIM as a competitor.

12. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

True Story

11. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

to me this is a sign of how mess up Samsung is.. they should have concentrated in fixing cracks in the cheap plastic, and really innovate when it comes to tablets as the as the Note 10.1 is a mediocre tablet even before launch... ps. here comes another warning from PA

14. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

e.e. cummings would be proud. Another example of what you get when you are typing on glass and since most Android keyboards do much better than this, I assume typed on an iProduct with the built-in keyboard? (And no, I didn't do the thumbs-down)

17. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Yep and the iPhone 4 and new iPad release were perfect right... No antenna problems or yellow screens or light bleeds products heating problems right... As for the note 10.1 which isn't innovative... How is the new iPad or the 4S in anyway innovative.

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

we can talk about Apple problems .. I mean all companies have problems. but this is not the time or place.. this article is about Samsung.. can you stick to just Samsung and not bring Apple into every article .. please

24. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i dont bring apple into every article i only do so when a an obvious fan of apple talks of another companies problems when the company he likes himself have issues of its own..when are 1st batches of any new devices perfect.just like samsung,apple and a myriad of other companies the 1st batches usual have build issues or software issues

29. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

just because I like Apple doesn't mean I can talk about other manufacturers right?. I mean look at you. doing the same thing talking about Apple when Samsung clearly has issues as well.. ps.. you know what I think.. the Apple haters are the ones that PA putting more Apple articles because you guys bring Apple in every article, get over it. move on....

30. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Lol where did I ever say Samsung don't have problems or where did I ever say you shouldn't mention other oems? . All I was saying was that it's silly to have a dig at something when the thing you like yourself has issues of its own.. It's like me saying the iPhone is rubbish because it has a 8mp camera when my own s3 has also a 8mp camera... Not that the camera on the 4S is rubbish

32. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

then no fandroid should ever say anything about Apple lagging or foreclose unless u have a JB device..lol

38. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Funnily enough I have the Nexus 7 :)... There will always be idiots on both sides of the fence . We. To sometimes can get biased but I try my best not to be... Even though I am a fan of Samsung atm but only because imo they make the best all round smartphones and tvs. If next week LG or Sony make the best phone then I would become a fan of them.. For a while I was an apple fan when the ip4 was out and that was my phone and I felt at that time it was the best phone. Imo since then apple have slowed down a bit compared to Samsung. The iP5 will be a awesome and phone for many many millions and if it is better than the s3 than ill consider but if it only matches the s3 then ill stick with my s3..

13. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Yes, f**k you Apple, you ain't touching my Galaxy.

33. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

c'mon CRACK a smile...lol..

37. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Nice try, I replaced my back cover with an aluminium one, no cracking for me...

39. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

hey I tried..

15. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Hilarious that they can quash it in the US and not in the rest of the world.

18. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Well it's a USA company so most likely the courts will be biased towards some them than Samsung... How is it courts in the UK can see how ridiculous some of these patents are yet in the USA they are seen as something apple invented when clearly there were products before apples own that did this gs like universal search or slide to unlock.

16. donfem

Posts: 708; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

and how may I ask my unlearned galito, how to be innovative with millions of blinded ones following a device which failed to be innovative even after years ofbeing in the market?

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

that's were you are wrong. Apple consumers are happy (90+) and satisfied.. in Apple camp we have no worries. we compare Apple devices with Apple devices.and yes there is innovation that you would not understand because you are comparing it vs. Android... Androids innovation is different.. they have been multiples articles on that subject here in PA.. but bottom line the numbers are there... 90% of Apple owners are satisfied and will stay wit Apple.. some will go and some will come.. and just because other people sees things different from you.. doesnt mean they are blind.. they just have different points of view..

23. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

It's not about bringing apple into it... It's known and you make it known that your an apple guy and when an apple guy dishes other companies issues it may have when the company it supports has just as bad enough issues it needs to be said..

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