How to Get Search Feature Back on Galaxy S3
Samsung has just released XXBLG6 firmware that based on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and available at United Kingdom. No doubt, the firmware comes with improvements but also with one bad thing, it remove the search feature from the device, now users can’t search local data like SMS, contacts, etc.
But now another firmware is rolling out for Galaxy S3 GT-I9300, XXBLG8 that brings the search feature back, you can update your Galaxy S3 with OTA update, just go to Setting and check for OTA notification. If you haven’t received the notification, you can also install the firmware on any Galaxy S3 manually.
USB drivers must be installed on your computer. Be sure to make a backup of your device data such as SMS, internet setting, contacts music files etc because the below procedure may wipe data, you can sync your contacts with Gmail account and for messages use SMS apps, lastly use file expert app to backup apps.
DISCLAIMER: Please proceed the below guide at your own risk, Android Egis will not be held responsible if your device lost data or get damaged following this guide.
Step #1: Download the XXBLG8 firmware from SamMobile to your PC.
Step #2: Unzip the download firmware .zip file into a folder.
Step #3: Download Odin3 to your PC.
Step #4: Unzip the downloaded Odin3 .zip file into a folder.
Step #5: Open the folder where you’ve unzipped above file and run Odin.
Step #6: Turn the device off.
Step #7: Reboot the device into download mode by holding down volume down, home and power buttons until screen turn on, on warning screen, press volume up to enter in download mode.
Step #8: Once you’re in download mode plug the device to PC using USB cable. Odin will detect the device, ID:COM will turn yellow and a message saying ADDED will appear. (Note: If Odin doesn’t detect the device, make sure that USB drivers are properly installed on your computer).
Step #9: Click on PDA Button and I9300XXBLG8_I9300OXABLG8_I9300XXLG8_HOME.tar.md5 from the folder where you’ve unzipped above files in the step 2. (Note: Don’t make any change, just make sure that re-partition is unchecked).
Step #10: Click on Start button to start installation, once the installation done, your device will reboot itself and you’ll see message saying PASS (Note: If Odin refuse to install the update and show message FAIL, or get stuck, close the Odin and unplug device, then pull out battery from the device for a few seconds. Then put the battery back to the device and reboot into download mode. Then install the firmware again.
Step #11: That’s it, unplug the device from PC (Note: If device gets stuck at boot, turn the device off and reboot into recovery mode by holding down volume up, home and power buttons, in recovery mode perform wipe, first select the wipe data/factory reset, and confirm on the next screen then select wipe cache and confirm on the next screen. Then select “Go Back” after that select “Reboot System Now”, the device will reboot into normal mode now).