HTC has a habit of hiding the real capabilities of the hardware of their devices. The 850Mhz band on the HTC Touch and the HTC Touch Diamond are just two recent examples, as is the capacitive touch pad on the HTC Touch Diamond Pro. GPS has been another favourite of theirs, with the GPS being disabled on the HTC Mogul, CDMA HTC Touch and even earlier the HTC Trinity.
It now turns out that the HTC Shift, HTC’s one and only UMPC, has also been hiding hidden GPS capabilities. As usual however the happy hackers over at XDA-Developers have been hard at work liberating the full power of their devices. The solution is still a bit complicated, involving cab files and registry imports, but a full GPS-enabled ROM is being promised soon.
Download the requisite software from XDA-Developers here.