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Samsung Galaxy S III update does away with universal search

25 July, 2012 | Read the news | Post your comment
Samsung Galaxy S III update does away with universal search - read the full textThe latest 'stability' update for the international Samsung Galaxy S III no longer lets you search your local data (such as contacts and media files), due to legal pressure from Apple. This comes after a similar patch removed universal search functionality from the Sprint and AT&T variants...


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Some one please stop Apple! This is simply ridiculous and even more ridiculous is the fact that they are getting their way! Hope we are not forced to buy only apple as as things seem someday all patents would be with apple and rest all would be banned! :) Shame on the company who in spite of having products which are benchmark in every segment resorts to these tactic's to fight out with competition. Hope this thing get's posted as this is something serious and true of recent times. Apple is going extremely wrong and unfortunately it's allowed!!

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  • 2012-07-25 19:20
  • vGfg

> In reply to Only-solid-OS-fan @ 2012-07-25 18:03 from mrn% - click to readOK, you do that. And we will keep buying Android cause it's better in every single viewpoint. ;)

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  • 2012-07-25 19:14
  • 5FJq

Loool, even windows xp has a search function. I don't understand apple.

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  • 2012-07-25 19:13
  • 3a5s

usb utilities

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  • 2012-07-25 18:49
  • bJgA

apple you are brilliant.... patent the simplest of searches.... you prove how Americans do business....

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  • 2012-07-25 18:36
  • u1vQ

> In reply to Robespierre @ 2012-07-25 17:41 from 3%1p - click to readNokia 808?? LOL. That's not what anyone with right mind would even consider buying as an expensive device. Nokia fans still are like frog in a well. Nokia is dead people, start living life in 21th century with awesome OS like android and iOS.

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  • 2012-07-25 18:31
  • XjfP

Dear friends,permit me to give a piece of exposition why apple is fighting hard to push samsungmobiles to hell.Apple is foresighted, haven seen her own fate caused by the uprise of samsungmobiles decided to tackle using PATENT law.sumsung has been able to meet the need of the present generation without prevent the future generation to meet their own need.A thing that is not in apple's policy.if apple refuses to satisfy the peoples interest by introducing option for customers to choose from her mobile phones.they cant defeat sumsung with their PATENT system.i repeat they cant win this your days are number

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  • 2012-07-25 18:16
  • fsVb

> In reply to Robespierre @ 2012-07-25 17:41 from 3%1p - click to readAre you serious??!

And Rynn, your not going to update your S3 because of this???!!

O....M....G....! Get over it people - like big deal. Do you really, really use it that much? Don't you customise your screens (Home and App) so that Apps you want most are easy to find?

Anyway, Samsung trying to avoid a potential battle over a feature that is not worth the million$ it could cost to defend. I'm not about to lose any sleep...

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  • 2012-07-25 18:14
  • P%ns

> In reply to Lwazi @ 2012-07-25 17:24 from Nh3g - click to readwhen reading such articles : i'm more and more convinced that BB is for serious solid business usage and android is for the gaming part. i'll wait for the BB10.

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  • 2012-07-25 18:03
  • mrn%


This is not what you expected from a expensive device.
I go for Nokia 808 now.

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  • 2012-07-25 17:41
  • 3%1p

By Blackberry Torch has a universal search feature. Apple are just taking their insecurities out on Samsung because they are a threat. It seriously makes me wonder whether I want to be associated with them (I have a BB and an iPad 1)

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  • 2012-07-25 17:24
  • Nh3g

> In reply to Yogesh @ 2012-07-25 16:38 from t}A$ - click to readC'mon man, if you had an N73 then you know the routine...

Just pretend that Symbian never happened, that way you can enjoy the magical roller coaster rise of the "new" developments.

I mean, basically everything happened on Symbian first. Tethering, multitasking, integrated VOIP dialling... oh wait that hasn't happened on Android or Apple yet. It'll be so exciting when somebody in California gets around to inventing that.

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  • 2012-07-25 17:10
  • Tg%i
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OMG Whatever will we do?!?

Now we'll have to... We'll have to... actually... Find the programs on our own!!! WAAAHHHHH!!!!!!!


Apple just gets more rotten by the day

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  • 2012-07-25 17:01
  • jxxN

I dont understand this patent system in US. Apple is ridiculous. One day Apple will even get patent for rectangle and start sueing each rectangular objects.

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  • 2012-07-25 16:59
  • PAXp

> In reply to Yogesh @ 2012-07-25 16:38 from t}A$ - click to readi guess apple paid someone at USPTO so they can get all ridiculous patents.

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  • 2012-07-25 16:55
  • tA$k

> In reply to Andreas @ 2012-07-25 16:33 from sp}h - click to readIt's not as simple as saying 'They copied the Universal Search'. There will be certain parts of the software code that will be similar.

If not, why bother paying court costs?

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  • 2012-07-25 16:52
  • nG8v

> In reply to Andreas @ 2012-07-25 16:33 from sp}h - click to readDid you not just prove my point? I said - they are giving up their rights. If you don't patent, you will loose your rights to compensation and licensing, naturally. Prior Art requires the inventor to PUBLICLY document his or her invention in some way, shape or form so that it becomes "obvious". If this isn't done, the invention is up for grabs and anyone can take the idea and publicly claim it as their own.

And just for everyone's knowledge: Apple's patent was filed back in 2004, with citations filed in 1994:

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  • 2012-07-25 16:50
  • XrFn

I get the feeling this will be fairly easy to root back onto the phone if needed.

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  • 2012-07-25 16:42
  • D8XA

Freakin sad I have Macbook Air...
Supporting jerks like Apple...

At least I have had only Samsung Android devices...

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  • 2012-07-25 16:41
  • MFXa

Correct me if I am wrong.
But, I know that my N73 had universal search feature. How the hell did Apple get a patent for it? when it was available several years before and was being used by customers. Have they actually managed to get a patent with such a generic description of universal search?

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  • 2012-07-25 16:38
  • t}A$

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