Verizon to unlock GPS on some of its mobile phones

December 17, 2008

Apparently some Verizon shipped handsets (Samsung Omnia and Saga, HTC Touch Pro) have GPS capability but it’s “locked”. The company plans to release an unlock patch in the first half of 2009. Original post here.

Next Zune to run Windows Mobile

December 17, 2008


Following suit with iPhone running darwin on its iPod varieties. Original article here.

Google now offering Street View for all major mobile platforms

December 17, 2008

It’s now available for iPhone (2.2 firmware), Blackberry, and Android. As of today also for Symbian S60 and Windows Mobile.

Android to get official JNI support

December 17, 2008

Or at least it’s rumored, and from the mouth of a real live Google developer.

Now if only Blackberry would move in the same direction… it may be much harder for them if they don’t get sandboxing outside the VM as Android does with Linux. This was apparently a primary reason for them to drop C/C++ in the first place. They are the only Java-only smartphone OS.. google already has unofficial support for it.

iPhone Dev-Team to release 3G unlock 12/31/08

December 17, 2008

From the folks who brought you jailbreaking and 2G unlock, and with a fashionable UI to boot. Announcement here.

Microsoft Plans App Store In 2009

December 17, 2008

Rumor has it that MS will be releasing an App Store of its own in line with the release of Windows Mobile 7, likely in early 2009.

There are 18,000 applications available for Windows Mobile already. Of course they are already available from other sources (e.g., Handango) but this will provide a central repository and presumably be built into the phone as Apple, Google, and now Palm have already done.

What this blog is about…

December 16, 2008

Are you a good blog?  Or a bad blog?  They asked as the house landed on the ground.  Neither!, the Phone Drone replied.  I shall be a strange blog…

And then, the Phone Drone set off on a journey, on a yellow-brick road, to hunt down what all this mobile phone business was about.  And what a magical journey it was…