Samsung has quickly aloof the “Local Search” feature on the international version of the Galaxy S III smartphone via an OTA update. The latest firmware update removes the universal/local search feature on the smartphone. Samsung has been following the same routine with other models of the phone, for example the Galaxy S III version in the United States.
The universal search feature won’t be removed from your phones until you download and install the new OTA update. If you own a Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone and have installed the mentioned OTA update, you might have already noticed that the local search feature no longer exists in your phone.
Samsung is referring to the new update as“Stability” update but actually, the update has got less to do with stability. What the update actually does is that it removes the local search function from the ICS, Android 4.0 OS installed on the flagship phone.Samsung has decided to remove the universal/local search feature from the phone after its continuous fight with Apple. Apple holds a huge local search patent that it has used to kick Samsung in the nuts with already. However, the patent shams serious restrictions and grave consequences and as a result of which Samsung was very quick to remove the feature from its flagship phone in different markets.
However, if you haven’t downloaded/installed the OTA update yet, you must be still seeing the search feature but it will get removed pretty soon, once you are done installing the update. Conversely, it is significant to mention that folks over at Xda developers are suggesting that the update does actually improve constancy, as it makes the phone faster.