After many different users dug into the new settings menus in the latest Jelly Bean update that was released this week for Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus, many readers over on Droid-Life noted that a new “Cell Broadcast settings” option was now included amongst the other standard menus. This new menu will presumably give you control over emergency alerts that could push through to your handset (AMBER alerts, and really anything life threatening). Lets say that a child abduction happened near you. What seems like is supposed to happen is that a notification should appear notifying you of this incident. At the same time, if a hurricane were to blow through your city, or if a tsunami was in the works or maybe it was just a plain ol’ every day earth quake, you’d probably see a notification that would tell you that you and your families life could potentially be in danger and etc. It’s a handy tool, definitely. A even cooler feature is that, if you so wish, you can tell your phone to speak these alerts out loudly as the notification appear on your device.
We haven’t seen these on any other phones or devices before now, even a GSM Galaxy Nexus that is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean does not seem to have it, which is odd. It could be a Verizon exclusive deal, which could be why it took so long for the update to get pushed out to Verizon users, but who knows. This could just be because this update is a test build or if its going to be a new standard in the Android operating system as Google moves forward with new technology in it. Still, it’s a very neat feature and I’m kind of curious as to how accurate the timing of the notifications will be. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t wish for anything bad to happen just so a feature can be tested, but it’d just be nice to see how accurate the timing is.
To access this menu for yourself, just go on into Settings > Wireless & Networks > Cell Broadcasts.
Will anyone be keeping this new feature on, or will you be turning it to the off position to reduce data charges? I’m sure it won’t take a whole lot of data, but since it’s all based off of your location, it surely has to take a chunk out of it.
source: Droid Life