As you probably know from this thread our very own ‘encece’ (Nick) has been out splashing his hard earned on a shiny new AT&T Blackjack II. It’s a great looking device with a few decent spec bumps over the original Blackjack, specifically the inclusion of a SiRF III GPS chip.
Upon starting to use his device however, Nick came across the problem that every Blackjack II owner is facing… the GPS implementation on the device is, er, interesting.
As some of you may know, when Microsoft designed the GPS Intermediary Driver for Windows Mobile 6, they created a user interface to configure it for Pocket PC, but not Smartphone. The GPSID is a driver that sits between the GPS hardware and the application that is using it, providing access to the GPS hardware and doing clever things such as allowing multiple applications to use the connection. All good, but there is a problem with the implementation on the Blackjack (and in fact the Moto Q9H I understand, a device I believe this patch will help with too). The problem is that although the GPSID is configured and applications such as the built in Telenav and Windows Live Search can use the system fine, there is no COM port exposed to allow the vast majority of applications that use this connection method to use the GPS. DOH! And with no UI to configure it, you quickly hit a brick wall.
Nick was obviously quite annoyed at this (what with the GPS being the most significant upgrade to the old device, and the one he particularly wanted), so I set to work on solving the problem, and i’m proud to present my ‘MoDaCo Smartphone GPS Activator’Â
Available as either a ‘over the air install’ or a PC based install or an on-device CAB install (choose one or the other to suit), the activator provides the all important missing COM port for GPS access. After installing (and rebooting), you’ll find you have a new COM4 port, and you can use any GPS application you like to your hearts content. Nick has tested it on his Blackjack II and it works a treat, i’m keen for someone to give it a go on their Q9H.
I’m at a loss as to why the feature wasn’t in there in the first place (I’m guessing to try and tie people into Telenav?), but i’m real glad i’ve been able to fix the problem in this way.
Enjoy people, and spread the word to fellow BJII owners!
PS As a little bonus, this package also application unlocks your device, letting you do things like reorder the Start Menu how you like, etc!