Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus as scheduled, has started to get the update which fixes the issues with RSSI indicator and 4G LTE defaulting, does something which neither Samsung or Sprint mentioned in the change log. The update strips your Sprint Galaxy Nexus of the local search functionality.
In case you have forgotten what local search is all about and how it will affect your Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus then the below few lines might help you to refresh your memory. As of yesterday, all variants of Galaxy Nexus had universal search which means that if you would search for anything on your Galaxy Nexus then the results, apart from web results would have also included local results like contacts and apps which are already installed on your device.
Apparently, the lost functionality is a direct result of the patent violation lawsuit between Apple and Samsung. According to Apple, Samsung violates one of its patents which includes the local search functionality, the matter got stretched in the court of law and ultimately the decision came in the favor of Apple and hence this update.
Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus features a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor, a 4.65 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen and Android v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus also comes with 16 GB of on board storage and 1 GB of RAM.
We totally get it, that Samsung has no other choice and is forced by the law but something that pinches us and all the users the most is that Samsung never opened up that the update would cause the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus to loose local search.
The update which strips of the local search is just not limited to Sprint Samsung Galaxy Nexus but it has already been seen in the Samsung Galaxy S3 and all the other Nexus models.