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Samsung forced to remove 'universal search' from GS III

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 12 Jul 2012 21:52 User comments (10)

Samsung forced to remove 'universal search' from GS III Sprint has confirmed that Samsung will remove the universal search function from its latest Galaxy S III device.
The removal will come via the next software update for the device.

Says the carrier: "The new software update does disable the universal search function on Galaxy S III."

Universal search is the ability to use the Google search bar to search for locally-installed apps, contacts, texts along with regular Internet searches.

The Galaxy Nexus will also have the feature removed, thanks to the ongoing Apple, Samsung lawsuit that has stretched across the planet over a range of patents. Both companies are seeking injunctions on the other's products.

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10 user comments

113.7.2012 3:39

Ok, so universal search is in Windows Vista, Windows7, and works the same on the iPhone. So should Microsoft be suing Apple to remove universal search from the iPhone?

213.7.2012 5:41

By the time everything is done, our devices will be worthless.

313.7.2012 8:11

Can you add this back on via root?

413.7.2012 8:58

so if you don't update the siftware you'll still have it?

513.7.2012 8:59

Wait a minute here, if Apple and samsung are suing each other for patent infringement as someone herre stated about Microsoft, then Microsoft should be able to sue everyone for essentially using their stuff. Microsoft can sue for search option, color on the screen, multiple window usage in browsers etc, etc etc.

Apple grow up, you need to play nice in the sandbox, and yes when all is said and done the phones will be worthless and people will be out of a job oh yes thats exactly what we want right?

613.7.2012 9:33

Maybe I'll just get rid of my phone and get two tin cans attached with a string.


20 Year U.S.Army Veteran.Vietnam 1969-1972 101st Abn.Div.

713.7.2012 9:48

Originally posted by JST1946:
Maybe I'll just get rid of my phone and get two tin cans attached with a string.

Better check the patent and copyrights before you use the string to connect the cans and the cans to use as speaking hearing devices, you wouldnt want to infringe on someones intellectual property rights.

I thunk it first, pay me.
This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 13 Jul 2012 @ 9:49

813.7.2012 10:49

I think I'm probably older than you so I think it was my idea first.


20 Year U.S.Army Veteran.Vietnam 1969-1972 101st Abn.Div.

913.7.2012 10:59

Originally posted by JST1946:
I think I'm probably older than you so I think it was my idea first.
Then why does ALCOA have the patent and copy rights to tin cans?

1013.7.2012 17:04

Universal search seems like a pointless waste of time anyway. If you are searching the internet, why would you want results from your apps, contacts and texts anyway? And if searching for texts, what good would internet search do you? Seems like you would would just clutter up your search results no matter what you are searching for.

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