Samsung Galaxy S III Receiving Maintenance Update, Removes Universal Search?

A relatively small but important maintenance update is making its way out of to the T-Mobile Galaxy S III today, with a short list of improvements listed on T-Mobile’s site. However, a few notable changes are also believed to be included, though not listed on T-Mobile’s support page. We can’t say with 100% certainty that they are included with this particular update, however, the removal of the Universal Search function, addition of a brightness slider to the notification shade, addition of a new radio/modem, and a new kernel have all been arriving with new Galaxy S III units in T-Mobile stores, as noted by stickers on their boxes. It’s very likely this update might contain those changes for existing Galaxy S III owners.

Otherwise, the update will:

  • Resolve an error, ‘Enter Mac address’ after entering the correct MAC address in the Mobile Hotspot
  • Resolve issue where the contents of the home screen folder would not rearrange alphabetically
  • Resolve issue where name does not populate when trying to add a contact with nameID information, must manually add

We’ll keep you updated as we verify the Universal Search and kernel aspects of this update so keep an eye on this post!

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  • sharklover

    It also added the brightness to the notifications and changed the conversation view in that it now shows you a conversation even if you only have 1 email. I do not like that part of the update. While universal search is nice I really used it to search for things on my phone.

    • Jose Hernandez

      Good morning, Can you confirm that this update is in fact removing the Universal Search function from the phone? Or is the function still there? I would appreciate it. Thanks

      • TheReder

        I can confirm the update removes universal search.

        • Jose Hernandez

           Thank you!! I appreciate your answer. :)

        • Trevnerdio

          No update for me then. Stupid Apple, I wish they’d remove the stupid stick permanently stuck up their a$$

  • http://dualshockers.com Joel Taveras

    It’s really pleasant to see T-Mo being proactive with the all of the updates recently. If we’re going to be the #1 Android operator (instead of the iPhone-less operator) this is the way to do it. Now here’s to hoping that the Jelly Bean update isn’t too far behind.

  • Lawalty

    I like Samsung products, however the removal of universal search would really be a pain. I’m in the building trade arena, and i have over a thousand trade contacts divided up by keywords. I use the universal search function every day! If Samsung removes it, then “hello HTC One X!” That is when T-Mobile get the phone.

  • Tomas

    Thanks for the heads up!

  • Andrew Marty

    does this remove root?

  • http://twitter.com/TonyManV Tony Castro

    I got the update and i can tell there is a vpn client app but no radio app

  • de1ofjange

    This update also makes moving from home screen to screen more jagged and is not as smooth as before..-.- and turning the screen on and off is really quick now. Also keyboard and the word suggestion has been fixed for the better imo.

  • Jeff

    How big is the file? Can I download over 4G or should I just get on a wifi connection?

    • Andrew Marty

       if you have a good amount of data left on your data plan then 4G is fine, either way you’ll download it within a few seconds, mine did.

  • Awtavani

    What exactly is universal search, I clicked on the search function and it seamed to work.  What part don’t I understand

    • Awtavani

      By the way, I did do the update this morning.

    • Trevnerdio

      It’s where it not only searches Google, but your contacts, music, etc. For that keyword

      • Awtavani

        thanks for the info, I didn’t use it anyway, so no big deal to me.

  • Andrew Marty

    did anyone lose root?

    • Trevnerdio

      I’m pretty sure you always do when doing an OTA update

    • JB

      I’m rooted and it woudn’t let me install.. (some message about a bad signature) However like @TrevorMadden:disqus said, you typically lose root when you install an OTA update…

  • JB

    Removing Universal Search is a deal breaker for me… I don’t have time to do it, so I’m going to wait until the rest of the dev community modifies a rooted version of this update, preferably with Universal Search in tact (Though I really want that brightness slider as well!)

    • Johnc

      Jb search Google quick search box. Apk

      Install an older version… Bada bing

  • Edy6401

    Strange, I have the old software version installed, but when I check for updates, it says that it is up to date. No upgrade.?

    • Kwadwo Frimpong

      Same thing happened to me…I’m wondering why everyone is getting an upgrade but I’m not.

    • BkEnigma

      Same here. I had to it thru the Samsung Kies.

      • Jose Hernandez

         I tried to update my wife’s GS2 to ICS using Kies. I really, Really, hate that software. It always looses connection with the phone when it reboots to apply the update. Since I do not have access to another computer to do the update, I am stuck, well, she is.

  • mfor33

    I would have cared a few days ago but after receiving my samsung galaxy s3 in the mail yesterday, i can say i really dont. The software and battery on this phone are not good at all. Looks like i will return this phone and go back to my amaze(very underrated phone by the way) hopefully jelly bean can come out for the amaze soon and then i can stay out of contract until a phone is released that I will consider an actual upgrade from the amaze.

    • kod

      Ha he said amaze going from a 700 dollar phone to a 200 phone u must be broke

      • mfor33

         haha i must be broke thats why i pay full retail for these phones…

      • mfor33

         btw good job on bringing price of the phone into a conversation about the phones features and hardware….you must be one of the smart ones.

    • Jose Hernandez

       I have had absolutely no problems with the software of battery life on this phone. I use it all day long and still have plenty of power when I go to bed. 50-60% still. The software works very well too. Did you try and change some settings? Maybe you have a some apps running on the background that are draining your battery? If the rumors running around are correct, we may see an upgrade to Jelly Bean really soon.

      • mfor33

         the phone is zippy sure, but thats about it. i got the phone yesterday around 2pm put it on the charger and when it was full took it off(maybe around 5pm?) that night around midnight i had 19% left. my amaze which was deactivated around the same time the s3 was full only had about 50% battery left and then i turned wifi on and left it syncing.

        the software. this is my first samsung device. i never could figure out why there was so much hate towards touchwiz. i know why now. Sense owns touchwiz. and by the way i hear this is supposed to be the best version of touchwiz while i dont even have the best version of sense….hope i am missing something because if not than i actually have less respect for those that are touchwiz owners.

        -s voice is so crap, apple should pay samsung because this makes you appreciate siri
        -why cant i set off peak and peak settings for email? the stock htc email can do this
        -if no badges are going to appear on the lock screen shortcuts, whats the point of locksreen shortcuts?
        -no matter what i do i cannot get the smart alert feature to work
        -how come i cannot control the notification light and set it up the way i want?
        -cant even replace the double tap home button with voice actions instead of svoice?
        -the layout of the stock text messaging is awful, extremely colorful
        -menu layout is not as intuitive or easy to navigate as sense
        -no weather animations? thats a downgrade whether you agree or not
        -why does the email notification look similar to the voicemail notification? fail
        -why does this phone jump on edge sooo much!??!?! amaze never did this
        -motion controls for the most part are useless
        etc etc.

        before you jump on here and say “go download this app or that app” the issue remains the software and if i have to replace essential programs with third party ones then the native software really isnt that great is it?

        • Jose Hernandez

           mfor33, ok. First, I am not recommend you get any apps to try and fix a problem. That is just wrong, the software should just work, just like you said. I simply wanted to make sure the settings where ok, since the battery drain is so great. I came from Sense, I have gotten used to Touchwiz, but again, this is just me. I am very sorry you are having this many problems with your gs3. If this is the case, you should go back to the amaze. No phone is worth all of the problems you are having. Good luck with the Amaze. One thing I would recommend, whenever you upgrade to a phone next, go to the store and try the UI the company puts on it. I did that before getting the GS3, that way you will have a better idea as to liking the new UI or not. Hope all goes well for you.

        • mfor33

           thank you for that, why do people take things so personally? its a phone. i would think the android community would rather offer solutions than criticism. but it definitely is looking like i am going back to the amaze there are just some features that i do miss that this phone does not have. and honestly this may be the latest and greatest in the android world but it is barely an upgrade from the amaze.

        • Dblya

          Nope. Its easier to call ppl names versus offering helpful solutions. This site is similar to many Android sites where any question or comment is met by “you must be stupid, android is perfect” responses. Expecting android to actually work is “moronic” as rooting is the solution to everything.

        • mfor33

           thanks for that Dblya. i just saw your post.

        • urmom

          Okay as a Tmobile employee I agree. I have the s3 and I’m disappointed with some of the same things as you said. I notice my lags when I go home and it takes a second to load the home screen. The keyboard sucks big ones, I’d recommend the jelly bean keyboard in the play store. I got use to it from my nexus. Which to me is the best software but lacking more features like sense. They need to make a phone that doesn’t have this junk from T-Mobile. I don’t use any Tmobile app and wish I could delete it. Anyways I would say either try the one s or wait for the one x.

        • bmbrad720

          I have the htc amaze and it is only a little good if you root it with a custom rom. You say the gs3 has a 50% more battery???? Amaze has 1750 battery and the gs3 is a 2100 mAh… Your math is wrong. I have a rooted amaze with under volted processor and it’s also under clocked. It maybe gets two hours of screen time on with auto bright. I know the gs3 gets at least 4 hours of screen time. Big difference. The sense vs touch wiz is same old sob story they are both horrible and neither one is better. I will agree that all the bloat from carriers suck.

        • mfor33

           let me speak in a way you understand and maybe you might learn something. shut your stupid mouth. no one cares what you think.

          “amaze is only a little good if you root it” ?
             how stupid are you? amaze is a great phone. glad you get to define whats good and bad, little or great, for everyone. obviously that 50% number was not meant literally but what do you know about big words like literally right?

          “sense vs touchwiz….both horrible…neither one is better”
            once again im glad you get to define what is what. its not like people have their own likes or dislikes. btw sense has the general consensus of being better while touchwiz makes people cry for stock android <— true story.

          "2 hours of screen time"
             way to screw up your amaze.

          and here ya go…

           well
          see i understand now, you cant come here and state the problems with
          your phone thinking that someone else had the same problem and a) very few do so your phone might be a lemon

          or

          b) they had the same problem and found a work around.

          see when you come here and list your problems than you are being
          negative…and stupid…..and everything else because how dare you even
          think about saying something bad about the phone. I mean its not just
          the phone, a persons entire self worth and identity is defined by this.

          seriously people? "oh no some guy is mad at me on the message boards.."

          btw thanks for those who actually tried to help by trying to answer
          either of the two questions listed above, and the rest of you…..i
          blame your parents for the terrible job they did teaching you
          priorities.

          but in the end, while there are positives of the phone its only a
          minimal update coming from the amaze. and there are way more things i
          miss from using the amaze than the few nice things that gs3 offers. i
          went ahead and returned the phone this morning.

          here's hoping that half the rumors are true about the htc one x+

          oh and since so many of you like to post worthless comments so much i will be posting this alot.

        • bmbrad720

          Lol thanks. Love it when people like you get all worked up. Keep your post up I would like to see what your going to say next haha.
          Do you know what screen time is? It’s not how many hours it takes for your phone to go from 100% to 0%.
          Post a screen shot of your battery life on your amaze.

        • mfor33

           well see i understand now, you cant come here and state the problems with your phone thinking that someone else had the same problem and
          a) very few do so your phone might be a lemon

          or

          b) they had the same problem and found a work around.

          see when you come here and list your problems than you are being negative…and stupid…..and everything else because how dare you even think about saying something bad about the phone. I mean its not just the phone, a persons entire self worth and identity is defined by this.

          seriously people? “oh no some guy is mad at me on the message boards..”

          btw thanks for those who actually tried to help by trying to answer either of the two questions listed above, and the rest of you…..i blame your parents for the terrible job they did teaching you priorities.

          but in the end, while there are positives of the phone its only a minimal update coming from the amaze. and there are way more things i miss from using the amaze than the few nice things that gs3 offers. i went ahead and returned the phone this morning.

          here’s hoping that half the rumors are true about the htc one x+

          oh and since so many of you like to post worthless comments so much i will be posting this alot.

        • bmbrad720

          Dude if you think the amaze is better please go back to it. Don’t sit here and make a big sob story. You bought it. Maybe do some research or trying it out at a store before you buy a new device. But please move on your all your posts are negative and I don’t blame people for wanting to flame you cause your acting like a kid.

          And it doesn’t have 50% more battery. Check your math. 1730 mAh vs 2100mAh you need to go back to grade school.

          I have an amaze rooted with a custom rom and kernel and I would take a stock gs3 over it any day.

        • mfor33

           do you know what sob story means? i dont think you do.

    • Johnc

      The amaze had 10x worse battery life than the galaxy s 3…not to mention the s3 battery saving feature

      • mfor33

         battery saving feature? you mean the feature that basically makes all the great horsepower and screen of this phone pointless? thats what your happy about? thats your solution?

        dont know whats wrong with your amaze, mine gets me through the day. while i took the gs3 off the charger 3hrs 23min ago and i have 77% battery life. <—-straight from the battery screen of the phone.

        • Awtavani

          Maybe you received a defective phone.  I take mine off the charger at 5am and with average use (ie. 2 email accounts, streaming music from 30- 90 min at a time, texting etc.)  mine lasts until 10pm at which point i still have from 20-30% battery left.

        • mfor33

          awt, thank you. i have visited this site many times and am glad to see the someone with a productive comment. and also do you mind telling me what features you turned on or off and whether your using power saver or not? battery life has always been the main issue for my phones and any tips would be appreciated

          there is that chance, but how likely is it? i will continue during research on this issue by reading comments and reviews but so far the only thing i get is the battery life will get through most of the day. my amaze does that, so i dont see what else i can do besides turn on the power saving feature which, as stated earlier, makes the phones attributes(ones they sell you on) pointless

        • Awt

          I’m not using the power saver feature, but I do use the task manager and clear the recent apps function when I’m done using a particular app to make sure I’m not leaving anything running in the background. Other than that any apps I have that Cache data I set them up so they don’t cache too often. This is my first android phone.

        • Ian W

           I have been using the S3 for two weeks now and at first thought it was really bad on battery life.  Then I realized that it put GPS on and left it on, then that apps remain up and running in the background. So like you I started doing a little housekeeping turned off what I didn’t need and killed apps running in the background and in normal use my battery lasts well into the next day. 

          I think some of the complainers either have bad hardware, or they are running a lot that they don’t realize and burning off the power.  

        • mfor33

           you know someone else mentioned that to me so i made sure to turn all the radios that i am not using off. as far as the apps running in the background…that would be really irritating to constantly checking to make sure apps are closed.

          but thank you for offering a solution

          i went ahead and returned the phone.

      • mfor33

         by the way 10x worse battery life? is that a scientific number or are we just making stuff up? im gonna go with the latter.

    • mfor33

      why does the speaker phone suck? why does my phone keep dropping its wifi signal and bluetooth connection? why is it the phone downloads so slowly on wifi? by the way how can there not be one ringtone on this phone that sounds like a phone ringing?

  • Jvucyc

    Mgot23 your an idiot… The battery on this phone is the best there is for Android at the moment. Even my friends I phone doesn’t last…. It’s a smart phone not a smoke detector

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1586820069 steadymobb

      I wouldn’t say it’s the best battery life for ANY Android

      • mfor33

         exactly hahahaha. “best battery life of any android….better than my friends iphone and its not a smoke detector”…..hahah not sure why i respond and feed into the stupidity of some people.

        • Chris

          I guess that depends for any user. I use my phone moderately on a day to day basis. You know fb, g+, take pictures, IM, browse the web, etc. I wouldn’t call him an idiot for saying the batt life on s3 is great. I get a decent 13 – 14 hr life before it hits the 15% batt mark and the system pops that connect your charger message. As far as my experience, this phone has one of the best battery life.

    • mfor33

      i dont know who Mgot23 is but im assuming your one of the smart ones also. but just in case that comment was directed towards me, what kind of idiot are you? why are you bringing the iphone into this? when did i ever say it was a smoke detector? the battery is 50% bigger than my amaze but it cant last as long as the amaze and thats good battery life?  go away little boy grownups are talking.

      since your so smart go look up the batteries for the maxx, htc evo 4g lte, and htc one x….thats just to start

  • Johnc

    Guys reinstall an older version of the Google search box. Apk… It will revert. I I already did

    • Johnc
      • sharklover

        Fantastic thanks it worked.Take that Apple

    • Derektni

      I installed it. Works great until you power the phone off or restart. For some reason it kicks that apk out and universal search is gone. Is this happening to you also Johnc?

      • JB

        I remember reading that was one of the drawbacks of the Universal Search if you’re not rooted… Unfortunately you’ll have reinstall the apk every time you reset..

        However if you’re rooted, in the system folder you can disable the apk in question and install the one you want, no problem..

        • Derektni

          OK Thanks JB

  • Awtavani

    I just noticed that the update added a VPN Client app in my app drawer. Does anyone know what that’s for?

  • dude

    Ummm yeah. I don’t think I’m updating if I can’t. Do a universal search

  • Gamn4354

    I have the update and I still have all the search options.

  • Jhoff909

    Does anyone else see the application monitor fail to start post upgrade?

    • ROZCO

      yup.. cant get it to work again.. any fixes?

  • Youngtexas_balla06

    Im loving the update, it fixed the keyboard, the lags, the internet, and etc….

  • Nick

    This isn’t any news. It’s already been done to the att and Verizon s3s. T mobile is the last to get the downdate.

  • Qkin

    After updating does the universal search still work ??? Anybody please let me know

    • Edy6401

      No, no it will remove universal search. But I’d does improve and add other things.

  • ROZCO

    in messaging the attachment icon is not under the send icon anymore, they moved it on the left thank god!..
     
    Also don’t know if its new but under camera if you have a shortcut on top for a effects it gives u a sample of what the effects look like and seems to be more effects if I recall.

  • Guest

      I can live without universal search  but can any be more specific on the other things.
    plus any other problems after update.

    however, the removal of the Universal Search function, addition of a
    brightness slider to the notification shade, addition of a new
    radio/modem, and a new kernel have all been arriving with new Galaxy S
    III units in T-Mobile stores

  • Trevnerdio

    Hey guys, for those who really want to keep universal search, don’t care about the brightness slider, and have a rooted phone, hop on over to XDA to get the update for just the radio and kernel!

  • mfor33

       well
    see i understand now, you cant come here and state the problems with
    your phone thinking that someone else had the same problem and a) very few do so your phone might be a lemon

    or

    b) they had the same problem and found a work around.

    see when you come here and list your problems than you are being
    negative…and stupid…..and everything else because how dare you even
    think about saying something bad about the phone. I mean its not just
    the phone, a persons entire self worth and identity is defined by this.

    seriously people? “oh no some guy is mad at me on the message boards..”

    btw thanks for those who actually tried to help by trying to answer
    either of the two questions listed above, and the rest of you…..i
    blame your parents for the terrible job they did teaching you
    priorities.

    but in the end, while there are positives of the phone its only a
    minimal update coming from the amaze. and there are way more things i
    miss from using the amaze than the few nice things that gs3 offers. i
    went ahead and returned the phone this morning.

    here’s hoping that half the rumors are true about the htc one x+

    oh and since so many of you like to post worthless comments so much i will be posting this alot.

  • henny

    Does this update fix the glitch(?) with the LED notification light? For some stuff, the light stays a solid color instead of blinking.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Anyone who has had any previous android devices these past 2 plus years all understand the things that can be done to SAVE BATTERY LIFE on your devices. Fast forward to today and with better processors, and larger batteries most android devices are lasting much longer in the battery life department. Can it be better ”Of course it can be better” The current Galaxy S3 is the SECOND BEST ANDROID DEVICE when it comes to battery life. I make that assumption due to the Droid Razr Maxx which has the 3300mAh battery that device has to last longer. Otherwise NO OTHER smartphone today last long than the current Galaxy S3. Technology alone coupled with old knowledge and usage of your device getting over 16 plus hours daily on my Galaxy S3 is so easy. Rest assured NO HTC smartphone on the market especially from LAST YEAR will ever compare to any Galaxy S3 or Galaxy S2 for that matter. There NO WAY possible that the qualcomm S3 in last years HTC device is better than the qualcomm S4 in the Galaxy S3 anyone thinking that needs to stop smoking.

    • http://miamibeachlifestyle.com juan leal

      please my HTC EVO 4G LTE will outlast your S3 anyway! Battery is bigger and is just as efficient  if not more.

      • phonesarecool

         he wont get it. hes just trying to passive aggressive. no one ever said that amaze battery life was better or even equal to the s3. all i said was it is not by much and considering how much bigger the gs3 battery is, i was dissapointed. but these fanboys cant handle it unless its praise.

  • mfor33

    i wonder who actually said that the htc battery is  better than the gs3…people who lack ability of comprehension need to stop.

    • JBLmobileG1

      From personal experience the HTC Amaze battery is horrible compared to the SGS3. Even with my extended battery in my Amaze my SGS3 still beats it. And to think this update can improve it even more is crazy.

      • Indiephoneguy

         i would hope it would beat it. only problem is it doesnt beat it by much.

  • Ruskastud

    Battery life seems much better. There also appears to be a new notification icon for wifi calling.

    Is universal search the option you get when you hit the menu button from thE home screen? The Google search bar? I still have that……

    • Derektni

      Universal search is where you type something in the Google bar and it searches Everything. Contacts,apps,internet,calender etc. Now it Just does an internet search.

      • Ruskastud

         Thanks. I guess if I used it, I’d know what it did. Since I didn’t, no big loss.

    • http://www.facebook.com/trung.bui Trung Bui

      Is this downloaded through samsung.com? I can’t seem to find it.

  • Uknowedt

    the weather widget with clock doesnt have a +1 next to it anymore

    • JBLmobileG1

      I was always wondering what that was for. I know a friend with a Att model of the GS3 and his has it too. I don’t really like the stock Widget anyways so I downloaded one called 3D flip clock and weather which I Love. You can customize it quite a bit and it’s free… Check it out.

  • JBLmobileG1

    Anyone know when this update rollout will be completed? I check for updates multiple times a day and it always says I have the latest software.

    • Derektni

      You can get the update through Samsung Kies. Download the software from the Samsung site and plug your phone into your computer and it will say there’s an update for your phone. Takes about 10mins.

      • JBLmobileG1

        Without downloading that software will it eventually download through the phone? Just asking because I have heard bad things about Samsung Kies… although I am not really sure what its all about. Is it just for updates?

        • Derektni

          No.It’s for updates and backing your device up, storing music etc. Etc I’ve used it just once but it updated the phone with no problems. Good luck. I’m sure some people on this forum can help better than I could.

        • JBLmobileG1

          What is the update button in the settings for if you need to use Kies for the updates?

        • Derektni

          That’s for T-Mobile to push the updates out. You know that could take forever Lol

    • Justin Jett

      The update should just show on your phone as an update ready. My phone updated this morning. 

  • BadJarr

    Wheres the brightness controls for the browser gone???, it seems all this update is good for is taking away features

  • wanting to update ….yet

     I can live without universal search  but can any be more specific on the other things.
    plus any other problems after update.

    however, the removal of the Universal Search function, addition of a brightness slider to the notification shade, addition of a new radio/modem, and a new kernel have all been arriving with new Galaxy S III units in T-Mobile stores

  • LehighNewb

    Just gotmy update today and noticed new settings in my camera and the camera menu is rearranged. Some mild odd graphic flash glitch too.

    • Derektni

      Blue flash?

  • Imshazia

    i did updated and its sucks, screen blinks, the app screen breaking, back key take u to the main screen on facebook app, adding brightness option on notification very poor idea to add ..thank god i did a backup so i restored my phone on old stage only i can see my baseband got updated after restore my phone is faster new update is pretty bad concept ..

  • slayr

    I obediently upgraded when I got notification.  Now my LED no longer lights up when I get emails!?!? My S3 worked fine before upgrade.  Any idea how to fix?

  • Gerd Yoyoho

    This update seriously killed my battery life. Like complete drain in 2 hours with minimal use.

  • anon

    it’s been two months since this post, and you said you’d “keep us posted”……. fail.

  • mfor33

     good comeback. yup that confirms it, your one of the smart ones.

  • Grimmet33

    Though I am not super fond of the massive amounts of complaining (send the phone back and use your amaze, simple fix), I do agree with alot of what you have said. I do think you got a bit of a lemon. My battery is great and I use bluetooth all day too so I cant complain much. My phone isnt the “super phone” I was expecting it to be. It lags occassionally, with two gigs of ram it shouldnt do this. My other complaints are that the screen scratches easily and the keyboard blows. Thats my two cents in agreeance with some of what you said! Other than that I love the phone. Though it would be awesome to have the choice to turn off touchwiz and have stock android :)

  • Bd NZ

    Im not sure what all the fus is about!! its phone sounds the network you guys run on is crap!

  • mfor33

    dont get me wrong i like the phone, and i am willing to bet that anyone who only upgrades every two years would have nothing but great things to say. there are good features to the phone. my point is that since i am coming from the amaze plus these issues i ran into, this doesnt strike me as an upgrade…unless the issues i am having can be fixed, worked around, or i just have a defective phone. thats all.