Samsung Galaxy S3 Univeral Search Removal Was Not Due to Apple Legal Threat

Samsung recently issued an update for the U.K. version of the Galaxy S3 smartphone. However, it was immediately noted that the update removed some functionality from the device - it eliminated the universal search function.

The event caused some tech blogs to report that the removal of the function could have been due to Samsung's legal troubles with Apple. However, Samsung has now come out to issue a statement today denying the removal of the universal search function had anything to do with Apple.

"The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S3 in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function," said Samsung. "Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days."

So it appears that this was a mistake on the part of Samsung, and the company does not seem to feel threatened by Apple's recent legal actions.

This same update also disabled the feature on the Sprint version of the Galaxy S3.

This universal search function allows users to browse their phone's contacts and apps for results. The update brings in a new search box that offers web-only results, and alters the default browser layout.

The update can be accessed directly through the Galaxy S3, or by using Samsung Kies software.

A bigger update is expected to hit Samsung's hottest smartphone in the near future.

The official Android 4.1, JellyBean update for the Samsung Galaxy S2, and S3 has entered into the testing phase, according to reports.

SamMobile reported that Samsung is almost ready to update the Galaxy S3 to Android 4.1, but has not yet announced the roll out date.

The site also stated that the company has started testing the software on the Galaxy S2 with great success. It is not clear whether or not Samsung will bring JellyBean to the S2, but if this information is correct, than the chances of it coming to the device are much higher.