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By ackliph, Senior Member on 7th January 2013, 08:31 AM
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My biggest hold back on installing CM10 or AOKP was the lack of Cell Broadcasts built in. But low an behold I was able to restore it from a Titanium Backup. I figured I'd go ahead and share it here for all. And maybe for myself if I ever lose it!

This for sure installed on AOKP. At least it installed, I'll have to wait until Wednesday when they do the test to confirm it works.

To install (this is old, the link at bottom has a flashable zip.):
1. Copy the "CellBroadcastReceiver.apk" into "/system/app"
2. Change the permissions to "rw- r-- r--"
3. Restart

It wont be a normal app, but it should appear under Settings --> More... --> Cell broadcasts

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ENJOY!

Edit: rmkilc is awesome and made a flashable zip! Install-CellBroadcastReceiver-1.0.zip
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7th January 2013, 12:04 PM |#2  
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Sorry for the stupid question but... what does it do?
7th January 2013, 12:11 PM |#3  
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Sorry for the stupid question but... what does it do?

It let's you receive alerts about threats and things like that.
8th January 2013, 11:17 PM |#4  
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Rather pointless to be honest.
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9th January 2013, 04:10 AM |#5  
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Rather pointless to be honest.

As someone who has received numerous EAS alerts about shootings/tornadoes in the local metro area, I have to say it is very much not pointless.
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9th January 2013, 04:23 AM |#6  
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Rather pointless to be honest.

It may not be for everyone. But for me, in Arkansas, I find it useful for Tornado warnings. The AMBER alerts are good too. Apps use data and GPS, thus killing your battery. This is a more stable system than some app. Most of the time my phone's WiFi is connected to some shoddy open Linksys router and in and out of proper data service anyway.

Cell Broadcast is like receiving a free text. Good for those on limited data plans, or those that need to be safe!

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cell_Broadcast

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9th January 2013, 10:28 PM |#7  
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But... aren't cell broadcasts are a standard feature on this phone?

To be found under Setting, More.. and Cell boradcasts.
9th January 2013, 11:04 PM |#8  
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But... aren't cell broadcasts are a standard feature on this phone?

To be found under Setting, More.. and Cell boradcasts.

I think this was standard on the STOCK build, I can not remember since I rooted and flashed CM10 nearly the same day I got the phone. The point of this as the OP states is that once you flash CM10 you lose this functionality. He provided a way to recover that functionality.
9th January 2013, 11:07 PM |#9  
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Why does this get stripped out when they build the ROMs? I can't imagine anyone actually thinking it'd be a good idea to remove this, is it an oversight?
11th January 2013, 12:18 AM |#10  
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Cell broadcasts are true broadcasts, so there are no network overload issues when sending them out.

And they work as soon as there is coverage. If you are roaming somewhere without data, the broadcasts will still work.
11th January 2013, 12:22 AM |#11  
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Doesn't Google Now have something like this built in?
"Public Alerts" card? ... I do remember when a hurricane was coming to NYC, I never received any alerts. Although I was told by some people, it was in text messages.
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