Samsung Galaxy S3 has recently lost the local search or also known as universal search functionality, all “thanks” to an OTA update which “inadvertently” caused the loss. While the US Samsung Galaxy S3 users would have to compromise, the international S3 users have already started to receive another OTA update which is said to restore the functionality lost due to the previous one.
Apparently, Samsung had addressed the issue through a public notice which Samsung released on a tech site. The notice stated that the lost local search on Samsung Galaxy S3 international version was a mistake and a software patch would be rolling out in a few days which would restore the local search on all Samsung Galaxy S3 International handsets. Here is the exact statement which Samsung gave to techradar about the update which removed the local search from Samsung Galaxy S3 international handsets.
“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.”
In case you don’t remember, then here is a quick refresher for you. The whole ‘local search’ chaos on Samsung Galaxy S3 is due to the ongoing patent violation case between Apple and Samsung which unfortunately, is also one of the main reasons why the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy devices were awarded a temporary ban from US ground.
The new OTA update for Samsung Galaxy S3 is only 5MB in size and changes the software version to XXBLG8 on the Android 4.0.4 build. The update is said to bring some stability improvements with itself but so far no Samsung Galaxy S3 user has reported any major changes and seeing the size of the update, it is very unlikely that the reports would come in either.