Removal of the Universal Search Function for the International Samsung Galaxy S III was Accidental, will be Reinstated in the Coming Days

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



About the Author: Brad Ward

Brad is a tech enthusiast, writing and tinkering with all things technology since 2011. He currently bounces between the LG G3 and his beloved Moto X! His interests include reading, entrepreneurship, the gym, and of course, queso.

  • RTWright

    Personally a Patent should never have claims over the outcome, only how the outcome was achieved. In other words, the patent should protect the creator in the area of software, how the outcome was achieved as apposed to the outcome itself.

    Basically the code written and the look and feel. There are a great many ways to make a link in the programming languages of today. As long as I don’t copy and paste anyone’s code, I should have full right to take what someone else has done, write my own code, streamline, improve, all of it from scratch and put my own twist on it and have no chance of being called up on a lawsuit due to their patent since I used NONE of their code or UI look and feel.

    If it wasn’t like that, then how the hell do we have so many different Operating Systems, Computers, Phones, TV’s, Radios, Cars, Clothing, all of it…. I mean, if you put a patent on T-Shirts, then there would affectively be only ONE company making them and no one else could because they’d get in a legal confrontation from patent infringement!

    The US and World Over, needs to rethink how Patents work and WHAT they should be allowed to cover. Because quite obviously someone here (insert fruity name here) thinks that no one on the planet has a right to make something even remotely similar to anything they’ve already copied themselves from others…..

    • Steve

      Well, from what is happening, I can say the patent system is broken . And the Sheepard (apple) is not afraid to take advantage of it. And this is coming from a fanboy.

      I guess all that money can mess with your head.