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Uh oh. Seems all is not sweetness down under, with yesterday's news of an impending Jelly Bean update for the Nexus S from Vodafone Australia, today replaced with the news it has been pulled.

The Aussie carrier has put out a new statement on its blog, which reads something like this: 

Important news

We’ve just been advised that due to a software issue, the roll-out the of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to Vodafone Australia customers has been delayed.

It’s been advised the software currently does not meet all the Australian regulatory requirements related to emergency calls.

At this stage, we don’t have any further information on when the roll-out will resume, but as soon as we do, we’ll let you know here on the blog.

We thank you for your understanding and appreciate your patience at this time.

While, understandably, eager Nexus S owners will take this as a bitter blow, regulatory requirements are just that. Requirements. At least Vodafone has been good enough to give their customers an actual, specific reason for the delay. 

Of course, this particular issue only applies in Australia. We had heard word from France too that an update for the Nexus S was in-bound, so we'll carry on keeping an eye out. This statement from Vodafone, while frustrating, does at least give a pretty clear indication that such an update does exist. Somewhere. 

Source: Vodafone Australia


Reader comments

Vodafone Australia halts Jelly Bean update, cites regulatory issues


I'm not Aussie, but I am curious.. Does anyone know what the reg it fails is? It seems odd that previous generations of Android were fine, but JB is now missing whatever requirement.

I have no idea, but i'm curious too. It seems that if previous versions were acceptable, than it would be a 'simple' fix to modify JB to be compliant too.

In Australia emergency numbers isn't 911, its 000.
The number you dial for emergency differs all around toe world, 911 in north america, 112 in the UK.

The mobile phone and the SIM card have a preprogrammed list of emergency numbers. When the user tries to set up a call using an emergency number known by a GSM or 3G phone, the special emergency call setup takes place. The actual number is not even transmitted into the network, but the network redirects the emergency call to the local emergency desk. Most GSM mobile phones have 112, 999 and 911 as pre-programmed emergency numbers that are always available. The SIM card issued by the operator can contain additional country-specific emergency numbers that can be used even when roaming abroad. The GSM network can also update the list of well-known emergency numbers when the phone registers to it.

It wouldn't take much for one small table to be off or mis-configured in the build resulting in the wrong behavior, or not having the proper codes understood. Everywhere in Australia the code is 000, but because Australia has close ties with the UK 112 is also supposed to be recognized. But 911 is not supposed to be recognized. Jelly Bean could have failed by omission or by inclusion of too many codes.

did you really ask that question?

tell us,what does this have to do with stock android?

these problems are country/carrier related problems.
nothing to do with android,its just an add on to the OS.nothing core like.

that version that wasnt ok to be pushed in AUS might just be the version that was meant for Europe or USA.

in this case the just got te wrong build.
there is nothing wrong in the core process of the OS.

This is one reason why Australia sux. Too many regulations. I was recently at a trade show (expo) and everyone was required to buy a fluorescent vest ($6 each) to load in and all electrical equipment had to be tagged ($8.80 each). When I was trying to catch a taxi standing in the rain with my 1y/o daughter (who can sit in a seat with a seatbelt on), I was refused by 9 out of 10 the excuse being they didn't have a baby capsule... Long story short, I've been in many countries, and Australia has to be the most infuriating to live in. Not just because of the over regulation of everything, but the fact that everyone is so anally retentive about it.

I really doubt that everybody was required to buy a fluorescent vest and pay to have equipment tagged. Most likely it would only be people that were new to public displays such as these or were from overseas. Local people would be well aware of our legislative requirements and be prepared accordingly. Just because you failed to adequately research the local regulatory requirements hardly makes it our fault.

And as for your 1y/o daughter, whilst she may be physically capable of sitting upright is seat, the seat belt is not designed to restrain an object of her diminutive size. Even a minor traffic accident could leave her with severe injuries. As such, we have national laws mandating use of child restraints until the child reaches 7y/o. Having three young children myself, I know it can be awkward to utilise public transport but I applaud our taxi drivers for upholding our laws for YOUR daughters safety.