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Samsung Brings Local Search Back to International Galaxy S III

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Just two days after removing the local search function from the international Galaxy S III without warning, Samsung is issuing another over-the-air update to reinstate it again. The Korean company has confessed that its removal was simply a mistake.

After Samsung removed local search from Galaxy S III handsets in the United States as a “precautionary measure,” its removal from international handsets was hardly a surprise. It seems, however, that it wasn’t intentional. Samsung said in a statement to TechRadar:

“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.”

Samsung did not provide a reason for the feature’s removal, but it seems hard to believe that something like this could happen accidentally.

Could it be that the company simply had an update ready to go in case of any unwanted legal attention, and that it was pushed out by mistake? Or did it really intend to remove the feature, but then changed its mind following a user backlash?

We’ll probably never know, but what we do know is that it’s coming back — for international users at least. So if you have a Galaxy S III with the model number GT-I9300, expect an update soon.

[via TechRadar]


Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...

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