Removal of search feature was not intentional
Samsung has confirmed that it inadvertently removed the universal search function from the Samsung Galaxy S3 and that the move was not related to its on going dispute with Apple, as had been assumed by some. So for any of our international customers, if you have lost the universal search feature, you should get it back shortly.
The recently released “stability update” removed the universal search feature, which enables users to search across several channels, including web, contacts, apps and other specified mediums. The fix is due to be made available imminently.
However, while the removal of universal search is not patent related for the International version of the SGS3, it is for UK and US handsets. The feature has been removed for certain regions due to Apple’s claims that Samsung has infringed its ‘patent to a unified search interface’. This dispute is due to go to court in the US next month.