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Brace yourselves, Verizon Galaxy S3 owners, “dumbed down” search update is imminent

July 21, 2012

The expected update has finally come to Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S3. Following the dumbing down of the search feature on AT&T’s and Sprint’s variant of the phone – where you can only get search results from the web and nothing from internally placed apps, contacts, multimedia files and others – Big Red is the third major carrier to receive the not so desirable software update.

There’s no report yet that the update has been widely rolled out over-the-air (OTA) to the handset, but the new Galaxy S3 firmware for Verizon has already been spotted. If you, by chance, have had to replace your phone recently, you will likely receive a replacement Galaxy S3 running the new I535VRLG1 firmware, which comes with a new kernel and the dumbed down search feature among other things.

Samsung recently confirmed that it is taking the precautionary measure of removing universal search to ensure that the Galaxy S3 won’t be an easy injunction target for Apple and its lawyers in the USA. It would be quite a blow to have the flagship phone suffer the same sales ban fate as the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

With the imminent firmware update that will cripple the search function on Verizon’s Galaxy S3, this leaves T-Mobile as the last standing carrier whose variant still has the universal search feature intact. But we somehow think that won’t last too long.

Will you miss the universal search on your Galaxy S3? Anything else you’d like to share about the matter? Sound off in the comments below.