Yesterday's update UVLH1 for the Galaxy S II on T-Mobile may have shaken things up a bit when it comes to NFC and ISIS, but it now looks like Samsung has also sneaked in a tweak dumbing down universal search. A similar "fix" was discovered in T-Mobile's version of the Galaxy S III 2 weeks ago, and it seems like Samsung is not taking any chances with its older sibling either.

As evident from the screenshots below, searching for "maps" only brings back relevant suggested web searches and results, but not the local Maps application. For comparison, I've included a shot of doing the same on the EVO 3D.

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Left, middle: T-Mobile Galaxy S II; Right: EVO 3D

I can't say I am too surprised, but I didn't expect to see such retrogression on devices as old as the SGS II. How about putting this into a changelog next time, T-Mo (and Samsung in case T-Mobile wasn't informed)?

Thanks, Jason!

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  • jonathan3579

    I still have universal search on my Galaxy Nexus. (4.1.1)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Likewise - Google experience devices all have it so far, only Samsung Galaxy devices have received updates nerfing search so far AFAIK.

      • jonathan3579

        I was under the impression it was to be removed. I can't complain though.

  • moelsen8

    it's such bullsh*t that something like search can be patented. it's intuitive, plain and simple. ridiculous.

    • Matthew Fry

      Ah... but that is in violation of my patent, "Method for devising methods to find things you've lost." I'll see you in court.

      • moelsen8

        i'm willing to go thermonuclear over this, pal.

        • Matthew Fry

          I own that patent as well. I bought it from the bum down the street. If you plan on using thermonuclear technology, I must be compensated.

      • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

        That in itself is in violation of my patent, which is clearly Prior Art: "Method for devising methods to do useful things".

        And before anyone tries to invalidate it, I have a licensing deal with the owner of the patent for "Method for devising methods".

        • Matthew Fry

          Ah crap! Look. Uh... You can't patent that. That's clearly FRAND. How exactly am I going to screw the free market if you've already done so?!?

          • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

            You're right. I'll accept a modest and reasonable licensing fee of, say, 10% of derived revenue?

          • Matthew Fry

            Wait... Don't you mean profits? You'll put me out of business!

          • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

            Damn, you caught me. Fine. 110% of profits.

          • jaysann22

            Im taking you all to court for infringing on my patent which is "USPATENT666: Talking about Patents." And I'll win because I've bought off the Judicial system and the Feds sleep in my bed regularly. ;D

        • Brfield

          What you didn't count on were my patents; methods for devising, and the process of thought.

  • http://twitter.com/HuRa Hussain Rahim

    How do you get it back?

  • mduran1023

    Nexus or nothing folks. Nexus or nothing.

    Me: Google? Can you find Samsung's stones? They seem to be missing them.
    Google Now: Samsung's stones appear to be in Apple's coin purse.
    Me: daaaang.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Kehrl/54303073 Jason Kehrl

    if you want universal search back just search for an app in the google app store called vtapquicksearch just be search to disable network results unless you want it drawing a lot of data all the time to help you find internet related results

  • http://twitter.com/K0JEG Eric

    This is my last Samsung device. I know that they might be just the highest blade of grass on the Android lawn, but now that the glacial update process is now region specific (see also, Galaxy tab 10.1 wifi not getting ICS in the US) I just don't want to be bothered. Now if Google would just release a Nexus device with a great camera and SD card slot I'll be happy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gunnaraa Gunnar Ársæll Ársælsson

    Contact search needs to be capitalized to render results also. Junk firmware