Monday, May 25, 2015

Area Mail Works on the Nexus 6 purchased from the Google Play store

I currently own a Nexus 6 that I purchased from the Google Play Store about a month a ago. One of the features of Android 5.0+ is that when you insert a carrier SIM card it will install carrier specific apps to your phone. I was pleasantly surprised that it installed the NTT Docomo Area Mail app for emergency alerts. I was quickly disappointed when it said that it didn't support my phone so I uninstalled the app.

With the strong earthquake that we had today I was surprised that I got an Area Mail alert even with the application not installed.  I did find that the "Cell Broadcast Alert Service" was running and had started at the exact time the earthquake started.



5 comments:

  1. Docomo Area Mail? Are you a Docomo customer?

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  2. Niclas FagerholmMay 26, 2015 at 1:15 AM

    Wait, I don't follow. You said you uninstalled it, right? So all androids already have this functionality based on the SIM card and the operator?

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  3. It would seem so, In Android 5.0 depending on the SIM card certain apps will get installed. The Area Mail app itself has a lot more settings and features but it seems that the Cell Broadcast service is either built in or it was installed with the SIM.

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  4. I see. Maybe that is why I didn't get the alert. I'm on y-mobile and no "Cell Broadcast Alert Service" running.

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