search functionThe Samsung Galaxy S3 from Sprint recently received the latest security update via OTA. While the changes primarily attributed to the update weren’t that noticeable, a thorough scan will probably reveal its work. While the update managed to fix the previously reported issues with Google Wallet on the device, the tinkers and modders over at XDA are reporting that the update also simplified the original search functionality of the device. This means that searches will no longer reveal apps, contacts, maps, and more.

If this sounds familiar to you, then you’re probably thinking about the update Google deployed on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus which simplified the smartphone’s quick search option. It seems that Samsung is prepping up for good, just in case Apple will push its patent infringement case against the device. In June this year, the Apple filed a preliminary injunction against the Samsung Galaxy S3, saying that the device infringed its universal search technology patent. If you’ve already received the update and noticed that the original search function of the device has been dumbed down, you can install the old GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk to restore it.

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Key SpecsGalaxy S3
StatusReleased
Resolution1280x720
Size (Diagonal, Inches)4.8"
Processor NameExynos 4412
4-core
1.4 GHz
Max. Total Storage Capacity128 GB
Megapixels8 MP
Battery Capacity (mAh)2100 mAh
Street Price$290
Complete product dataSamsung Galaxy S3 Full specs
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