"The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S3 in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function," the company said in a statement, according to the BBC. "Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days."
Reports of the bunk updateAt first, there were rumors that the disappearance of the search function was the result of the continuing patent spat between Samsung and Apple -- since Apple owns a patent that covers local searches. But, according to the BBC, Samsung said today that it actually made a mistake in releasing this software. when S3 owners found out that they couldn't use the local search function for the Web, contacts, apps, and other information. They were given no warning that this would happen when they downloaded the software, according to the BBC. The "stability update" reportedly only affected international versions of the phone.
More than 10 million units of the Galaxy S3 have been sold since it launched a couple of months ago. However, it's been fraught with
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