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Samsung disables search function on Galaxy S3 in response to Apple claims

Samsung has disabled an advanced search feature on its Galaxy S3 smartphone in order to avoid infringing a search patent owned by Apple.

Samsung has disabled an advanced search feature on its Galaxy S3 smartphone in order to avoid infringing a search patent owned by Apple.

 
An over-the-air update disabled the function on devices in the UK and US and Samsung did not alert users to the change, according to the BBC, which may result in some angry customers who do not know the search ability has been axed.
 
Samsung is taking the precautionary measure in the run-up to a court battle scheduled for 20 August, despite the case not applying to the GT-i9300 S3 model. However, the Galaxy Nexus suffered a short sales ban in the US due to another case brought by Apple over the same patent, so clearly Samsung is not taking any chances.
 
 
The move will help Samsung avoid having to pay damages if the court decides that it is infringing the Apple patent, which covers search functionality that collects and sorts results from across the iPhone for use by the Siri personal assistant app. Apple is looking for $2.5 billion in damages for Samsung's alleged patent infringement.
 
The two tech giants have been locked in a bitter tit-for-tat legal battle in roughly a dozen countries across the world, resulting in temporary sales bans, numerous appeals, mounting legal costs, and a growing desperation to be king of the lucrative smartphone and tablet markets.
 
Source: BBC

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