A minor update to the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been released. But before you start squee’ing with excitement – it removes the nifty local search functionality from the device, and doesn’t do a great deal besides.
The update was labelled as one to increase the “stability” of the Samsung Galaxy S3 but cuts out local search. This sifts through the content on your phone, from music tracks to your contacts, as part of the universal search bar perched at the top of the default home screen.
Why remove such a neat feature? It’s reportedly a reaction to the ongoing legal case Apple has against Samsung. Apple has been granted an injunction against the Galaxy Nexus smartphone in the US, and as a result local search has already been removed from the phone. The primary focus of the current legal battle appears to rest on an infringement of a patent relating to voice search, which of course ties into local search due to the Samsung Galaxy S3’s advanced used of voice recognition in its S Voice software. This may be seen as similar to Apple’s Siri voice assistant.
“I’m afraid I can’t do that, Dave”
Samsung has not spoken out specifically about its decision to disable local search, but it’s believed to be a precautionary measure – should Samsung end up having to pay for devices sold that are seen to infringe upon Apple’s intellectual property.
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