Sprint ‘Security Update’ strips the Galaxy S III off its Universal Search feature

Sprint ‘Security Update’ strips the Galaxy S III off its Universal Search feature
As if getting the Samsung Galaxy S III on US carriers wasn’t a long enough wait, now Sprint is bringing a “security update” that actually cripples your SGS III and strips it off the universal search feature on Android. So if you try to search for something in the home screen search, you’d only get results from Google, but no app, contacts and email results.

Before you get mad at the carrier, we have to note that this could have something to do with the recent Galaxy Nexus ban. Apple managed to get the Nexus banned in court exactly over its universal search feature, patented by Cupertino. So, this quiet update that rolled out might be there exactly just so that Samsung and Sprint can avoid getting hit with a lawsuit.

We’ll keep a close eye on updates for Samsung Galaxy S IIIs offered on other US carriers. Logically, they’d need to receive the same update to bypass the legal threat. So far, the international Galaxy S III shouldn’t be affected as the patent win is only valid for the United States.

source: PC World 

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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. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

make the search function to be specifically limited to Web, apps, contacts, email, messages and files in the SD card. With only 5 things, you can't say that it is universal, but at the same time, they are wide enough to cover what the users mostly use the search for. The term universal is for everything that is included in the Venn diagram, but it is just some clusters in the diagram itself.

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder if a similar 'disabling' applies to non-Sammy devices, such as the HTC EVO 4G LTE? I will have to check my RAZR.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Interesting.... Search on my RAZR seems to be limited to the web. Even though the search function states it has the ability to search the phone as well. It gets curiouser and curiouser. Any other RAZR w/ ICS owners out there experiencing the same?

11. ics_magic

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

It works for me, I searched for angry birds and my first results were the apps for it

15. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

You have to go into Settings and enable it to search more than on the web.

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Apple is pathetic, forcing everyone to cripple their devices so they can compete "fairly".

6. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha that is all

5. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

In the title, it should be "of its" - not off.

9. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I wonder if article author has ESL?

7. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

That's f**king gay. Death to Apple.


Posts: 97; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Yeap, we are all hoping, expecting, wishing it will be very soon.... Good news awaits.

12. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

I come to Apple articles read a few comments from the haters that usually drop whatever they are doing to comment.. and I always get a good laugh... "death to Apple"..lolololol...

14. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

I received an OTA update on my AT&T GS3 and no longer have a Universal Search feature either. Damn lol

16. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Like I've said before, if it is really that big of a deal that unified search be taken out of Android devices, then why doesn't Google just update their Search App to remove that feature instead of Samsung sending out updates to their devices. Practically every Android device has a unified search. I have the Evo Shift, and if I press the search button, I can do a search for something like Twitter and get options of going to the website, doing a Google Search for Twitter, or launching the app.

17. redrooster13

Posts: 110; Member since: Feb 20, 2012

Just happened to the AT&T GS3 also

18. Sackboy117

Posts: 178; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Still wondering why they don't sent updates for ALLLL Android Phones since im sure they all have the Universal Search Feature dating back to androids early days. Wasn't that the few reasons the Search button existed on the bottom right of Android phones since 2008?

19. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Cause Apple wants to go after the top android phones. AND if the patent is upheld, they don't want to pay more in damages.

20. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

And this is why I "hate" Apple...

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