One of the more important Jelly Bean features may well be one that’s not being promoted in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It’s found in the cell broadcasting’s setting menu.
Verizon: Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean leak shows feature we last saw on Samsung Galaxy S3
The Verizon Galaxy Nexus Jelly Bean update was leaked earlier this month in a test build, which meant that owners wanting to get the update early could do so. This update gives owners features like offline voice dictation and a faster UI, and also a hidden feature that could save lives.
This mystery feature lets users set emergency alerts for their local area. Nexus owners will be able to set up amber, severe and extreme alerts for their neighborhood, and while these are the main features, there are others. If you have enabled voice on your handset then it will verbally warn you about the nature of the emergency.
These features were found in the update’s test build, but it’s not sure if they’ll make it through to the official version. They weren’t seen in the Jelly Bean update for the GSM Nexus or the ICS Verizon Nexus either. Some Android owners say that they’ve had this feature for a while on other phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3 so it isn’t new, just rare.
It’s believed that Apple will launch a similar feature along with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, and this service comes under George Bush’s Safe Port Act. The system pushed notifications to phones using Broadcast SMS and warns people of extreme weather, Presidential alerts and amber alerts.
If you’re a Samsung Galaxy S3 owner, have you activated this alert feature? If not, why not?