> Dima then showed off a very cool debugging tool for their latest devices. With a headphone plug on one end and USB on the other, he showed off how the headphone jack on the phone can do double duty as a serial port allowing for debug access.
This is more or less industry standard for many, many years. It goes back way into feature phones, e.g. look at the Compal/Motorola C1xx phones or the "Motorola T191 cable".