Samsung has admitted that it made a mistake in releasing a software update that removed the search feature from the international versions of its Galaxy S3 smartphone.
Stability Update disables the Galaxy S3’s ability to search the web, contacts, applications and other materials on the device through a single interface.
The move is thought to be linked to Apple’s claim that the innovation infringed one of the US patents.
Samsung said a repair is forthcoming.
“The latest software upgrade for the Galaxy S3 in the UK involved inadvertently removing the universal search feature,” said in a statement.
“Samsung will ensure that the software is properly upgraded over the next few days.”
Users who downloaded the update were not warned that it would remove the advanced search feature when the software is installed on GT-i9300 (S3) models available in the UK and elsewhere outside the United States.
It seems that the company only aims to prevent some American models from being able to use a Google-powered search tool to display information obtained from the phone’s memory in their results.
Apple claims that the technology has infringed its patent for a unified search interface that Siri uses in its application to collect results from a number of sources.
The iPhone maker has filed a lawsuit in the United States and briefly banned the sale of another Samsung phone, the Galaxy Nexus, on the grounds that turning on the feature threatens “irreparable damage.”
The Washington-based court will hear the case on August 20.