Search accidentally removed from Samsung Galaxy S III
27 Jul 2012
Samsung will restore service 'soon'
The world was aghast and full of conspiracy theories this week after an upgrade stripped the Samsung Galaxy S III of the universal search function. But the truth is actually far more innocent – it was a simple mistake.
The update was called XXBLG6 and robbed the Galaxy S III of Google's universal search function, which enabled users to search the phone for files, apps and contacts. Not good. But now it turns out that it was just one of those little accidents.
A spokesperson for Samsung said: 'The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function. Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days.'
This wasn't a worldwide removal of search, it was limited to the UK and completely unannounced, which is why the whispers started, relating initially to patent problems. The fact that something so big managed to get through rigorous checking procedures also hinted at this being intentional rather than accidental.
But it now turns out that it was the latter rather than the former, so a further update will rectify things in the next few days. If you love your search, keep an eye out for that dropping.