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Posted Jun 30, 2012 8:51 UTC (Sat) by neilbrown (subscriber, #359)
Posted Jun 30, 2012 18:53 UTC (Sat) by Kit (guest, #55925)
On the Fascinate, for example, the carrier pushed out an update that _completely broken_ the 'emergency call' lock screen button, which is one of the few things the carrier would actually get in trouble for if it was broken! It took them a while to notice, and once it gained a bit of publicity, they had were able to produce and release an update to fix the problem in only a matter of a couple days.
While I'm sure there is some time added to allow the carrier to some work to ensure nothing vital is broken, I imagine that most carriers only employ enough people to really do the necessary work for whatever is their flagship phone... letting all others just sit until they have nothing better to do (and then drop working on a phone immediately if there's a new update for the flagship that needs to be worked on).
Posted Jul 1, 2012 9:47 UTC (Sun) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
This was certainly true for COSPAS/SARSAT's distress beacons until relatively late in their history. The best you could do was inform the SAR resources in your country of your intention to test, tell them you don't need rescuing, then activate the beacon. Most likely they would ask you not to, and often it was technically illegal, regardless of the necessity of running such tests during development and benchmarking.
Posted Jul 1, 2012 19:29 UTC (Sun) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
That's not true. You can schedule a test call with your local emergency center. People developing Cyanogen Mod for Vibrant Galaxy S had to do this because of broken 911 functionality.
Posted Jul 3, 2012 10:25 UTC (Tue) by rich0 (guest, #55509)
I'd think that a carrier would be able to implement such testing without even bothering the 911 center. Presumably they could redirect the call from a specific device/tower/etc to someplace else. They could even stick the phone in a Faraday cage with a microcell to test it.
Posted Jul 4, 2012 0:19 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
For example, 911 calls can automatically transmit GPS position and other information.
Posted Jul 11, 2012 8:34 UTC (Wed) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
Posted Jul 13, 2012 0:46 UTC (Fri) by JanC_ (guest, #34940)
Posted Jul 13, 2012 1:01 UTC (Fri) by Fowl (subscriber, #65667)
Posted Jul 13, 2012 9:26 UTC (Fri) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
In Samsung Galaxy S, for example, there's a special protocol between radio interface layer and GPS daemon.
I don't really think people care much about shortened talk time due to GPS when calling 911.
Posted Jul 13, 2012 18:58 UTC (Fri) by Fowl (subscriber, #65667)
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