Samsung Galaxy S III for AT&T loses its local search feature

Samsung Galaxy S III for AT&T loses its local search feature
Thanks to the so-called Siri patent, Samsung has sent out an update for the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S III that disables the units' ability to do local search. This universal search function is at the heart of the '604 patent that is the main focus of recent court rulings that have ordered a preliminary injunction on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and the Samsung GALAXY Nexus. The injunction on the latter has been stayed by a Federal Appeals Court as it listens to an appeal from Samsung. While the Samsung Galaxy S III is not a focus of the legal battles, at least for now, Samsung says it is removing local search as a precaution so that U.S. owners of the device can enjoy using them without interruption.

Sprint customers have already had the feature stripped from their Samsung Galaxy S III.There is no word on when the Verizon and T-Mobile versions of the sizzling hot handset will lose their ability to conduct local search. The Samsung GALAXY Nexus already has had the update which has removed the offending feature and has allowed sales of the phone to continue. And while it isn't the most important function of using the device, it was a feature that still came in handy at times. If the legal battles end in Android's favor, we're sure that the Korean based manufacturer will be happy to send out another update to reverse the last one.

source: PhoneScoop

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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)



1. Carlitos

Posts: 664; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Good to see Samsung and Google working hard not to give apple a reason to sue.

2. LostInTheRed

Posts: 85; Member since: May 03, 2012

Local search. Really? Good on you Samsung though. Taking steps to better serve your customers. My upgrade is next month and I will be furious if I can't get an S3. Though I think being sold out will be the real issue. Can't keep the phone in stock at my store.

3. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Surely there are several other places to get your upgrade? as for myself i have 2 AT&T stores (Gainesville, GA) along with 3 walmarts and a best buy that i know of that do AT&T upgrades, perhaps you could go to another location for yours?

8. LostInTheRed

Posts: 85; Member since: May 03, 2012

I'm a T-Mobile customer. Big reason I would want to stay at my store (Walmart), well, I work there, and the more money we bring in, the bigger the bonuses. Lol. That and our price is better than just about anywhere else. Corperate specifically.

4. LordZoid

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 22, 2010

OK, It's been a week since I got the GS3lll and so far it is a cool phone. So Samsung take note, I do have a issue to make public. There is no way to move apps to my SD card. I have downloaded apps that are suppose to do this, however they do not work on the GS3. Seems a little anal to have a SD card to store apps on but no way to store the apps. I do hope you will address this in the next firmware update. Why you included this feature without a workable solution is really stupid, but heck I guess you sold millions of units anyway, I guess you forgot to mention this?

7. e.wvu unregistered

You sound like a whiny bi*ch.

9. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Is there any reason you want to move apps to sd card? Galaxy phones have plenty of app storage!

10. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

unless the s3 is an exception, you can move most apps to sd by an app named MOVE TO SD. This will give you the option to move apps. however, some apps require to be installed in phone storage so you can't move them.

11. febzz88

Posts: 4; Member since: Jul 17, 2012

The capability to install Apps on the SD Card has been removed from S3. I have no idea what the reason behind this is. This has been discussed by many on some other sites and forums. But unlike HTC phones with very limited Internal Storage for Apps, S3 has 12GB for you to install Apps, so I guess, really it is still a lot.

16. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

i dont understand why they didnt do this :( and there is no non-root apps that let you move applications to the sd card.

17. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

you won't take more than 1GB of internal memory installing 200 apps, and that's a lot, not sure if you will use all of them. There are only about 50 apps in my phone and about 20 of them I use regularly, while the other 20 is occasionally, and the rest is there just in case. I don't understand why you would need to move your apps to SD card since you've got at least 12GB for your apps and your SD card is free for your media contents. Just in case you don't realise, by moving it to SD card, you will lose the full widget functionality (esp if you remove the card) and you won't be able to swap cards easily because of all the apps inside it. And if you are scared that those resource hogging 3D games will eat up your space, usually they will place the downloaded resource data on your SD card, not on your internal memory. "Seems a little anal to have a SD card to store apps on but no way to store the apps" -> seems a little va**na to think that SD card is for you to store apps..

5. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Yep, I wonder how long until the update rapes the Verizon S3's local search. Pitiful.

6. AndroidShiz

Posts: 154; Member since: Nov 08, 2011

Pretty much any patent that comes across Koh will ultimately be in Apple's favor. It's like prior art is not in her vocabulary, unless of course it's in Apple's favor. I'm betting she's too afraid to give Samsung any slack because she's probably afraid that people will say she's voting pro Samsung because she's Asian, so she does the opposite aggressively to keep the race comments to nil.

12. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Only on the AT&T version? I think AT&T is doing this on purpose because it can't allow its beloved iPhone to be outsold by an Android phone.

15. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Sprint and Verizon have the iPhone too

19. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

True, but AT&T has always had it and they have a close relationship with Apple.

13. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012


14. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Some flowers from samsung for the graveyard of steve d@gs

18. joey18

Posts: 666; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

I love the phone the only thin i hate android market alot apps but useless or cheap apps very ugly why is no samsung apps or google needs to work better appps

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