How to Get Around Apple’s Universal Search Lawsuit

Sprint Update

There has always been a small rivalry between Samsung and HTC owners regarding which OEM produces better devices. Each new generation restarts the battle, as HTC and Samsung release increasingly powerful devices. However, one thing that Samsung and HTC owners have in common is that they’re not iPhone owners. Thanks to Apple, HTC and Samsung owners now have another thing in common: They’ve lost phone functionality because of Apple’s ridiculous patent war.

We brought you news of HTCLinkify and how to remove it. Now, it’s Samsung’s turn. The Sprint Galaxy S III recently got a “security” update that removed universal searches. As PC World explains:

Universal search allows you to search through your entire phone’s data from the Google search bar on the home screen. You just type in what you would like to find, and it returns results from your music, contacts, apps, email, contacts and the Web.

As you may have guessed by now, this comes in the wake of yet another Apple patent infringement lawsuit that saw Samsung in violation of a number of patents. Universal search was one of those.

Here at XDA Developers, we enjoy our universal search. That’s why the Sprint Galaxy S III community has found a way to get it back. XDA Senior Member eyecon82 originally posted a thread to troubleshoot the issue and the the issue was quickly solved. For rooted users, the solution is quite simple. All that needs to be done is to grab the original GoogleQuickSearchBox.apk file, which has been conveniently pulled and uploaded, and push it into /system/app using ADB or your favorite root explorer. For non rooted users, simply install the apk file. Unfortunately, for non-rooted users, the app breaks upon reboot, so it’s a good idea to keep the apk file on your SD card to re-install when you restart.

It doesn’t matter what Apple tries to take away, we’ll find a way to bring it back. For additional information, check out the original thread.

[Photo credit: PC World]
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