Samsung said yesterday that the removal of local search from the international Galaxy S III was "inadvertent" and that the feature would be returning soon, and they weren't kidding. A new update that Samsung bills as offering "stability improvements" has begun rolling out to the international Galaxy S III, and included is the universal search functionality. The update is a small one, weighing at 5MB, and bumps the S III up to software version XXBLG8.
The update that removed local search from the international Galaxy S III began rolling out just a couple of days ago, so it's nice to see Samsung act swiftly to restore the functionality to owners of the device. Of course, owners of the AT&T and Sprint variants haven't been so lucky, and since the whole Apple-Samsung kerfuffle that's causing the removal of local search in the first place is happening in the U.S., it's not clear when those devices will regain the feature. At least they've still got 4G LTE, I suppose. If you've got an international Galaxy S III, swing by the comments below and let us know when this new update hits your handset!
Via Android Central