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T-Mobile Strips Universal Search from Samsung GS3

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Aug 17, 2012, 1:39 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

T-Mobile USA is pushing a minor maintenance update to its variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III. As with similar updates provided by other carriers, the update removes the universal search function from the T-Mobile version of the device. Apple holds a patent for universal search, and Samsung previously said it was removing the feature form its devices as a preventative measure. According to T-Mobile, the update also makes some minor performance improvements.

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Aug 20, 2012, 3:38 AM

Search removal not described on the T-Mobile website

But at least they don't list it as required, as they did with the Exhibit.

It's bad enough that T-Mobile phones are infected with T-Mobile spamware, but now they are remotely vandalizing our phones.

Clearly they want to impress Apple, which loves that sort of thing.
Not sure about 'impressing' Apple, but they sure as heck don't want to get sued. Not sure if T-Mobile or Samsung would be held responsible for their particular variation of the device. Not that Apple would sue T-Mobile while its neck-deep its Samsun...
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