While Verizon and Palm continue to investigate why third-party applications cannot utilize GPS, hackers have taken their solution beyond the beta.
We previously reported on the Verizon GPS Fix application that has been released to the Palm Beta Catalog. The application uses VZ Navigator’s signed GPS files to wake up, and ping the GPS chip inside the Palm Pre Plus, as well as the Pixi Plus on Verizon. This unlocks GPS tracking for third-party applications, including Google Maps. It also provides non-Verizon webOS devices with more up-to-date GPS tracking.
While the application remains in the Palm Beta App Catalog, the application has hit the landmark 1.0.0, leaving customers asking why Palm has yet to acknowledge the issue, both on Verizon devices, and with the lack of GPS updates in general.
Palm nor Verizon has yet to formally acknowledge the issue, and because of that, many doubt that webOS 1.4.5 will fix this issue. While Verizon previously neutered GPS functionality to only Verizon applications (such as VZ Navigator and Family Locator), Verizon announced prior to the Pre Plus’s launch that phones would no longer have this limitation. It is unclear why Palm took the effort to digitally sign and prevent GPS from functioning on applications other than VZ Navigator.
Clearly the GPS Fix “graduating” to the non-beta App Catalog could spark a PR blunder for the new division of HP. PhoneNews.com will continue to follow up on the GPS issues on all webOS devices.