Earlier this month, Samsung began removing its local search feature from Galaxy S III handsets in the United States as a “precautionary measure to ensure that U.S. consumers may enjoy using our innovative products without interruption.”
In plain English, this means Samsung wants to rule out the possibility of having the Galaxy S III banned by an injunction — like the Galaxy Nexus was recently.
To ensure that the handset is safe outside of the U.S., too, Samsung is now removing local search from international handsets. The Korean company has released an over-the-air update, weighing in at 27MB, to disable the service on Galaxy S III handsets with the “GT-I9300” model number.
Although Samsung doesn’t mention the update’s purpose in its release notes, users on the XDA Developers forum have confirmed that local search is missing once the update is installed. If it’s any consolation to you, they’re also reporting that their handsets are a lot “snappier” thanks to this update — so there is a silver lining.
Will you miss local search on your Galaxy S III?
[via The Verge]