Samsung Yanks Universal Search With Latest T-Mobile Galaxy S II Update

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A couple days back, right before we got a look at what’s presumably a full list of smartphones from various carriers that will initially support Isis mobile payments, we talked a little about an update that had just arrived for the Samsung Galaxy S II on T-Mobile, mentioning in its release notes the new Isis support. In fact, according to T-Mobile, the only improvements over the previous Ice Cream Sandwich release were bug fixes and that NFC-related update for Isis. As it turns out, though, another change snuck its way in: Samsung disabled Google universal search, just like it had for the Galaxy S III.

It’s not that this is a big deal, so much as it’s an annoyance, but we’re none too pleased with the way this change keeps getting swept-in under the radar. Even something like “this update modifies phone functionality to comply with intellectual property law” would suffice, so long as it’s out in the open.

Especially in cases like this, where the update isn’t a standard OTA version but one interested users must install manually, it behooves carriers and manufacturers to keep users informed of significant software changes.

Source: Android Police
Via: TmoNews

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