Just remember, it wasn't WikiLeaks that released the cable, it was one of the major news organizations that WikiLeaks partnered with that redacted and chose to release the cable. WikiLeaks has only released the same cables that their partners did...
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I've tried using my G1 as just a GPS, and yeah, battery life sucked. If you want a GPS for hunting and camping (I was tooling around in places where I could easily charge this up), just buy a real GPS unit, it's probably going to be on par for cost and as others have noted, use standard batteries, which is a major thing if you're out in the wild.
Android apps are Java, and allow for JNI. So the answer is that yes, non-JNI using apps work just fine. In the future, JNI using apps could work so long as native libraries are provided for all hardware architectures that are supported (today there's a hardcoded armeabi reference in the loader).