The much-hyped Samsung Galaxy S3 is in the news again for all the wrong reasons. First, it hit the headlines after an Irish user claimed that his Galaxy S3 exploded, to which he retracted his statement later. Now, we hear that its users on Sprint are facing problem due to removal of the universal search feature from Android.
Samsung Galaxy S3 users on Sprint can't have access to universal search feature after a security update for their phones. This means they won't be able to have access to the Google search bar on the homescreen to find their apps, contacts, emails and other data. However, they can get web-based results.
Sprint has confirmed that a software update for Galaxy S3 could remove universal search feature.
"The new software update does disable the universal search function on Galaxy S III," said a Sprint spokesperson to Phone Scoop via email.
Samsung Electronics has not revealed the reason behind the move but it is believed to be related to its patent war with Apple. A U.S. court recently imposed ban on the sales of Galaxy Nexus in the country after Apple accused Samsung of patent infringement. The ban has been lifted now but Apple has time till Thursday to challenge the decision.
Samsung Electronics launched its flagship smartphone Galaxy S3 in May and has been doing brisk business.
The international variant of Samsung Galaxy S3 sports a super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colours, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.8 inches (306 ppi pixel density), multitouch, Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and TouchWiz UI v4.0. It features a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM.
Measuring 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6 mm and weighing 133 grams Samsung Galaxy S3 features Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 4G LTE connectivity, 2GB of RAM, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, Mail-400MP GPU.