This is a bit of a head-scratcher. Yesterday we reported that Samsung had applied a stealthy update to the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III which removed the "local search" feature from the phones, just like the U.S. versions. Everyone reported that it was likely Samsung was simply being extra-cautious considering all of the lawsuits hanging over their head. As it turns out, Samsung has come forward today claiming that this was not the case. Apparently, it was a goof-up and they had no intention of removing the function from the international version. They further elaborated that they plan to offer a fix soon that will restore the functionality. Here's a quote,

“The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function” a company spokesperson said in a statement today. “Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days.”
Ummm... okay. How do you accidentally send out a patch that disables that particular functionality? Seems strange...

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