Just a day after it admitted it had mistakenly removed the universal search feature from its flagship Android smartphone, Samsung has already begun sending out an updated firmware build that restores functionality on the device.

We aren’t seeing it on our Galaxy S III at the time of writing but the guys over at SAMMobile have already updated to the new firmware and have confirmed that the feature has returned:

Screenshot 2012 07 27 09 18 55 520x924 Samsung begins rolling out Galaxy S III firmware update to restore universal search   Samsung begins rolling out Galaxy S III firmware update to restore universal search

The 5MB firmware update is labelled I9300XXBLG8 and can be updated over the air or via Kies.

If you missed what happened, Samsung issued a statement yesterday confirming that the local search feature on its Galaxy S III smartphone was inadvertently removed, not as a result of an Apple patent dispute.

“The most recent software upgrade for the Galaxy S III in the UK included the inadvertent removal of the universal search function. Samsung will provide the correct software upgrade within the next few days.”

The company said it hoped to roll out the update within the next couple of days, but in reality it took it a matter of hours.