European Galaxy S3 owners will able to use universal search again soon, Samsung has assured them, after the feature was removed by a recent firmware update.
The disappearance of the feature (also known as universal search), which lets users to search for content stored on the phone using the Google Search box, was thought to be related to a patent dispute with Apple.
However, a Sammy rep has today denied that the phone-maker removed the feature to avoid legal tussles, claiming that local search was inadvertently disabled and that it will be reinstated imminently.
Samsung’s spokesperson said: "The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S3 in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function.
“Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days."
The apparent decision to remove to the feature surprised tech-watchers because although Apple is pursuing legal action over Samsung’s alleged patent violation with local search on the S2 in the US it has not seeking legal redress for it in Europe.
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