Samsung and Verizon will soon start rolling out a new software update for the Galaxy S3, that will bring with it some minor changes. Firstly, the update will bring with it an updated kernel and baseband that should help in improving the reception and performance of the handset.
Sadly, the update will also dumb down the Google Search feature on the handset, and limit it to the Internet only unlike before, where one could search for apps, contacts, music and more right from the search widget. Samsung has already rolled out OTA updates to the Sprint and AT&T variants of the SGS3 to dumb-down the Google Search feature, and the Verizon’s variant is next in line.
At the moment, there is no confirmation as to when the OTA update will go live, but it should happen in the next few days.
The Galaxy Nexus was the first handset whose import had to be banned by a U.S judge, thanks to Apple’s patent trolling. Samsung and Google immediately had to release an OTA to circumvent the patent in question. Ever since then, Samsung has been releasing OTA updates for its handsets that dumb-down the Google Search widget so as to prevent import bans on its other handsets.
Via – Droid-Life