It looks like Samsung is not only including a couple of new features apart from the native Android 12 benefits but also removing some of the unnecessary features from the One UI 4.0 (Android 12) update too. There is a new report coming out of Samsung’s members app claiming that the ‘Places’ feature will no longer be available on One UI 4.0 (Android 12) and later versions.
Currently, the company is rolling out the One UI 4.0 Beta update based on Android 12 Beta to its eligible Samsung Galaxy S21 series devices in a couple of regions. To recall, the Samsung Places feature was introduced and launched back in 2017 with the Galaxy S8 and it is still seen running on the Samsung Phone dialer app.
But the chances are high enough that you’re not using this feature in your daily life. The Places feature is available in selected countries like the US, powered by caller profiling company Hiya. The Samsung Places feature allows users to find and contact businesses directly from within the dialer.
The feature was perfectly made in such a way that users could get in touch with a business over the phone when they searched for it online. Therefore, it was easier to integrate the search and calling options directly into the dialer rather than copying the number from a browser into the dialer. However, we can now see that tapping on the call number from the browser directly launches the call dialer app on most devices.
As of now, we expect Samsung to remove this function from Android 12 or higher, and it will be replaced by the Favorites tab in the stock dialer app. Dialer’s native search feature will remain the same for local businesses and users whereas Android 11 or previous generation of Android OS users will still be able to use the Places feature whatsoever.