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Samsung Galaxy S3 Stripped of Local Search 243

Posted by Soulskill
from the it's-not-a-feature-it's-a-bug dept.
DavidGilbert99 writes "Ahead of a legal battle with Apple, Samsung has begun disabling the local Google search functionality on the international version of the Galaxy S3. This mean S3 owners will no longer be able to search contacts, messages, or other content stored locally on their phones using the in-built Google app. The interesting thing is that Apple has yet to sue Samsung over this feature in the EU or the UK and so it seems as if Samsung is being ultra cautious ahead of the the companies' big court date on Monday next."
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Samsung Galaxy S3 Stripped of Local Search

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  • But... (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @02:19PM (#40768017)

    So they've removed the feature before the courts even told them to?

    Is that not an admission of guilt of infringement?

  • Stability update (Score:0, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @02:24PM (#40768087)

    And they classified the update that did this as a "Stability update" without mentioning the functionality change.
    Time to sue.

  • by Chemisor (97276) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @02:25PM (#40768097)

    Patent holders win.
    Consumers lose.
    Where's profit?

  • Re:Ugh (Score:3, Interesting)

    by execthis (537150) on Wednesday July 25, 2012 @03:07PM (#40768635)

    How can something as basic and obvious as performing a search of local system have a patent?

    I cannot be more thoroughly disgusted by Apple. Just like everything else in society, it is the people who purport to provide something who are ultimately the ones responsible for its deprivation.
    It is, for example, precisely because of the "healthcare" industry that there is so much actual deprivation of healthcare in our society. The deprivation would not be possible without it.
    It is precisely because we have a government obsessed with our "security" that, in actuality, we are deprived ot true security. The deprivation precisely requires it.
    And it is precisely because we have a company like Apple providing personal information technology that, ultimately, is becoming responsible for the deprivation of such technology.
    These patent wars are frivolous and sickening. We the actual people are just poor lowlife paeans getting thrown about as the big giants play their games. But I have to say, Apple has shown itself to be a bad player, with far more ill-will than other companies like Samsung. I have a hard time believing that most other tech companies would have initiated such frivolous and anti-innovative BS like Apple has. I'm willing to bet that most of these asian companies which, yes, often mimic successful ideas of other products, are just happy to do what they do and not fuss over BS and play pissy games like Apple. There is a long history of makers and craftsmen borrowing ideas and often improving upon them. But Apple is different. Its conduct is truly rotten and malevolent. They truly are not committed to the advancement of technology, but to sheer greed.

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