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Earlier this week, owners of the unlocked, international version (GT-i9300) of the Galaxy S III, many of which are international roaming SIM users, were forced to say “adéu” to arguably one of the Samsung flagship’s greatest features: Universal Search.

Thankfully, however, the BBC reports that UK Galaxy S III owners will be getting the functionality back “within the next few days,” according to Samsung.

The Universal Search function allows users to search the web and their device using the same application, which Apple claims infringes on one of its patents. This claim caused the Galaxy Nexus to be banned in the U.S. (though this is now stayed).

It’s still unclear why the company chose to remove the feature in the unlocked version of the device, when only its US variants were thought to have it removed. It’s also unclear if devices outside the UK and US will have the feature restored as well, but as always, we’ll post an update if things change or new information develops.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at