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.


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

  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?

  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.

  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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