Recently Samsung rolled out an update for international versions of the Galaxy S III. This update quietly removed the local search function, but as of today Samsung confirmed that it accidentally removed that function. I don’t understand how you could accidentally remove such a large feature. This makes me curious if this accident had anything to deal with the recent injunctions between Apple and Samsung. On the other side of things, it almost does sound like a mistake as a spokeswoman from Samsung told Tech Radar:
“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.”
This was an interesting update as there was no reason at all to remove the local search functionality in the UK while it would be understandable if this happened in the U.S. due to recent patent infringements. It’s very odd that Samsung would make such a mistake and I think since the local search function is a pretty robust feature that it would take some effort to remove it and that it wouldn’t just be an accident.
Suspicions aside, Samsung will be releasing an update in a few days to reinstate the local search functionality.
source: Tech Radar