(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Universal search functionality previously removed from Samsung’s popular Galaxy S3 mobile device via a patch will return in the near future for international devices, according to a report from the BBC.
Universal search allows users to look for data throughout their phone’s entire system, not just online via Google. Analysts originally speculated that the removal of the feature was implemented as a preemptive measure against a potential patent dispute with rival Apple.
Removing the feature at the center of a possible patent infringement could have allowed Samsung to bypass a future Apple-backed ban on the device.
“The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S3 in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function,” commented a Samsung representative in the BBC’s report. The spokesperson also signaled that the fix would hit “within the next few days.”
Earlier this month, a report from PCWorld indicated that wireless provider Sprint had disabled the feature via a security update. Samsung and Apple have recently gone head to head over patent issues in court. Most recently, a court ban on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab was expanded throughout Europe.
The Galaxy S3’s release was highly anticipated this month with demand causing some availability delays. Interestingly enough, despite the S3’s promised universal research return in the UK, another report from CNET indicated that a stability update had disabled a local search feature.