Samsung Galaxy S3 update for T-Mobile may be the end of Universal Search

by: Andrew GrushAugust 17, 2012
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The T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 is receiving a small update today designed to address a few bug fixes and, possibly, remove a few features along the way, too. For those that don’t know, Samsung Galaxy S3 T-Mobile units have recently came to store shelves without the existence of universal search functionality. It is believed that today’s fix might remove this feature, fix a few bugs, update radio and kernel version, and add a brightness slider. Universal Search is a useful feature, and one we all would hate to see go, but it is just one of the victims of Samsung and Apple patent wars, with the feature deemed to infringe upon Apple’s patents, at least in the U.S.

For the moment, it’s unconfirmed whether or not the update includes these changes that will put all Galaxy S units from T-Mobile on the same page, although it wouldn’t be surprising. If it doesn’t happen on this update, it’s likely only a matter of time until T-Mobile Galaxy S3 users will have to say goodbye to Universal Search.

  • Belbarid

    Interesting. So, when BlackBerry, Palm, and Windows Mobile *all* implemented universal search before Steve Jobs realized that it was popular enough to rip off, it was fine, but once Samsung did it, it was “Patent Infringement”?

    • liveTexas

      Agreed. Isn’t ‘search’ Goggles territory ? I loves me my uni search ! Use it daily in fact…

      • Belbarid

        I put Aurora search on one of my home screens. Pretty good substitute, although I have things well enough set up that I spend a lot less time searching for the things I use.

    • Geek

      It sends a strong message to foreign competitors, especially when they’re asian.