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Android 2.2 Features Tethering and Wifi Hotspot

We already know that Froyo is going to be blazingly fast.  We know that we’ll likely see Flash 10.1 loaded onto it and that Market apps should have the option to auto-update.  And now…we know that it will include tethering and the option to use your device as a mobile hotspot.  Yes. Sir.

No word yet one if carriers like Verizon will be able to disable this option, but this has to have you all pretty damn excited.  Wifi hotspot for non-rooted users?  Oh the possibilities.

Source: TechCrunch

  • Techi214

    This is not true with Original droid. I have 2.2 and its not there

  • Techi214

    This is not true with Original droid. I have 2.2 and its not there

  • fox371

    Should I get rid of my internet at home and just use the wifi hotspot on the Droid X or should I keep my internet?

  • Sgtsam87

    Oh yes, just like JT stated, Verizon is charging extra for people to use this function, even if they already have an unlimited data access plan. They love gouging you at every turn.

  • Jlevin01

    what is the app that's running in the picture. how do I get it? I have update 2.2 and adobe flash 10.1 loaded

  • Jlevin01

    what is the app that's running in the picture. how do I get it? I have update 2.2 and adobe flash 10.1 loaded

  • Dave_helmut

    Aug. 20th Motorola Droid (Verizon) Upgraded itself to v2.2

    No WiFi hotspot as anticipated.

    Should this not just show up in Wireless settings? USB Tethering is there but I was so hoping to make my Droid a Wireless hotspot. What do I have to do? Buy a new phone? I like my Droid…

  • Mlmcgreevy937

    Mon a.m. Aug 16th…. My Droid was updated this a.m. with 2.2!!!

  • TS

    I want WPA2 Enterprise with PEAP MSChapV2 please. A rooted droid can use it. Update the GUI!!

  • JT

    I just updated my Droid to Froyo via the update avail on Google servers (thanks to PC World's article entitled “Intrepid Users Find Froyo” http://www.pcworld.com/article/202513/intrepid_

    I have found that I can tether my WinXP laptop to the Droid. It recognizes it as a “Android USB Ethernet/RNDIS” network adapter. But upon trying to browse, Verizon has essentially blocked it saying that I need to upgrade my plan to use 5GB of data a month for $15.00″ Are you kidding me with this?

    This proves the point that Droid is certainly capable of USB tethering… I think that Verizon is basically denying access because of fears of network overload with the Froyo release. I pay $29.99 data access per month… I should be allowed to use my Droid as a wireless modem!

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/P5DGHISOQEGEYCZRFFMV3SDF54 Mike

    When you use your Droid to get on the internet on the computer is VZN charging you extra for that?

    • Sgtsam87

      Oh yes, just like JT stated, Verizon is charging extra for people to use this function, even if they already have an unlimited data access plan. They love gouging you at every turn.

  • louka

    Does anyone know when this update will be available? If not, give me an estimated time.
    -Thanks

    p.s.
    Droid does….

  • bobd1292

    Looking forward to 2.2 – Speed & Flash great- But, I never hear anything about one of the most needed functions (at least to me) being able to voice dial/search and other hands-free functionality over bluetooth.
    Is that in the works? For most people the way we have to make calls now on DROID while driving is against the law!
    And, anyone lose their home page ICONS when placing DROID in a home or car dock? After mine has been in either dock, I have to shut down, pull battery and turn on… What's up with that?

  • makespancakes

    omg! This would be awesome! can't wait!!!!!!

  • demonoids777

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to set up my phone to be a wireless hotspot. I'm running Bugless Beast v1.0 on android 2.1 if that helps anyone. I keep hearing about people who have done this and I want to try it myself. Any help would be appreciated.

  • http://www.thesuperstar.org/ theSuperStar

    Very nice.

  • BeeJay

    It would be AWESOME if big red let us have mobile hotspot for free. Isnt that what they did with the palm devices??

  • jaydbee

    I can't see Verizon giving us free Wi-Fi. I'm sure they'll charge some kind of fee for the service. Otherwise, everyone will drop their local ISP and just use their phone for internet access.

    • http://twitter.com/Durrock2000 Derek Weber

      That's crazy talk. 3g isn't that fast, compared to cable or DSL. I agree that VZW will try and gouge you for it.

      • jaydbee

        Good point. I didn't think about that.

    • Flyinion

      Nah I don't see that happening. Gaming is risky enough over a home wireless connection to your router. Can you imagine the connection quality and ping times over a cell network even on 4G? No thanks.

      • jaydbee

        That's true. But I still see Verizon hammering us with some kind of fee.

  • Androidzzzzzz

    Oh man!! For us Telus Milestone users, this would be a godsend!! This means I could just connect my iPad up to my phone and use the iPad wherever… I hope this comes sooner than later and Telus doesn't have this feature blocked.

  • Winterfresh

    Wireless tethering actually came in handy for me the other day. the schools internet went down, so I got to show off how awesome my Droid really is to all my geeky IT buddies. a few of the IT teachers walked over too, and thought that it was awesome, keep in mind that they recently switched to iphones =P

  • http://twitter.com/Rajman Rajman

    Wow this is awesome, ever since I saw that Verizon was offering tethering for free with the Pre Plus, I was hoping that they would start offering this with the Droid. I just hope Verizon doesn't cripple this or charge another fee for it.

  • briderx

    I really don't get what's so exciting about this.. I have had this feature for the last few months.. Nothing to see here, move along..

    Seriously though.. Everyone is like, “OMG! WIFI TETHERING!”… 10-20 mins to root and you got wifi tethering now. No need to wait months for a stupid update that will be pushed back 4 times before the actual release.

    BTW, not trying to be a dick.. It just doesn't make sense. What do you gain by waiting for official release? What do you lose by rooting? I have messed up a root plenty of times (even in RSDLite) and haven't had one brick yet.. I don't know if anyone has actually managed to brick a droid by rooting it.. Kellex??

    • rajman1138

      Yeah it is really easy to root and get this feature but if this is included in the next update and not crippled by Verizon then it turns a really useful Hack into a Feature.

      Rooting a phone and enabling wifi tethering is at best a grey area, you run the risk of your carrier finding out and hitting you with crazy fees.

      • Towelie420

        guys any truth to this? c'mon really?

        • Slicer

          Yeah its true while I've been unofficially tethering for a long time and haven't had any problems I have heard of people getting caught using unofficial tethering programs and having to pay per meg that they used, which usually adds up to a lot of money.

  • http://wadeivy.com Phoxus

    if AT&T stops them from using 3rd party APK files.

    Bet your ass they'll block this too. I Imagine verizon will actually block it as well.

  • aarynk

    I want me some FROYO now!!!!

  • demonoids777

    I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to set up my phone to be a wireless hotspot. I'm running Bugless Beast v1.0 on android 2.1 if that helps anyone. I keep hearing about people who have done this and I want to try it myself. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Tom
      • Dad Man Walking

        So what's the difference between the Barnacle tether app, the DroidMod tether, and the open source app that can be found out on the google android site (not sure where to find it right now, but I've seen it). Does Barnacle do more than the what was already released?

      • Dad Man Walking

        Does Barnacle Tether offer anything more than what is in DroidMod, or what is available directly from the Android open source repository (some google site, I forget where)? Did the Barnacle team actually add any features?

    • Winterfresh

      Go to the market and search “wireless tether”

      The first app that pops up is the one your looking for =]

  • Tom

    I'm staying rooted, but this will make some INSANE ROMS, I wonder how long it will take for Devs to get a hold of this bad boy and release a Rom based on it?

    And I hope Flash will it the market place so we don't have to wait for froyo

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/DJYBY2JCJIAHPKWT6AD2OK6BF4 Scott

    This may seem dumb to ask but what is a wifi hot spot

    • Tom

      Your [insert device here] that needs WiFi for internet, can use your phone as its WiFi provider. Thus allowing you to have internet for your [insert device here] virtually everywhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shane-Boddie/100000596311988 Shane Boddie

    I'm just gonna do what I did last time and stay rooted and wait for the ROMS.

    Just in case the rooting process is not simple enough for me…lol

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    That's cool hope we can get 2.2 by next month!

  • mkregs

    Gads…I just soiled myself

  • jpvllont

    when, when, WHEN???

  • jpvllont

    when, when, when?!?!?!

  • rals

    The Droid Incredible has wifi hotspot right?

  • storm33x

    im sure it will be on verizon but i bet they will charge us a fee to use it

  • Octotron

    I am so ridiculously excited about this. heh

  • saimin

    Motorola was so efficient at releasing Android 2.1 for the Droid. I don't expect 2.2 to show up until next year at the earliest.

    • wolverinefan

      So are u positive about this that we arent getting 2.2 this year, or is a guess. i mean people are saying is suppose to come within this month or next???

      • domnisoara

        People are saying that it will be _released_ in a month…that doesn't mean that our carriers are going to push it to us. I don't expect it anytime soon either. :(

        • wolverinefan

          You think a root will be possible for our phones, i mean verizon said that we were suppose to get flash

          • domnisoara

            I suspect that regardless of what Verizon/Motorola decide to do, someone will get a hold of the update and we'll be able to manually install it. Hopefully they'll stick root access in there like they did for 2.0.1. And frankly, that may be the preferable option since 2.2 is rumored to come with tethering/hotspot, but Verizon will likely strip that out. Regardless, the community is so strong we'll find a way to get it all. :)

      • chops5648

        wolverine he doesnt know just speculating but if flash is coming out with 2.2 we will prob see it in 2 monthes time though we were all promised flash on our android phones

    • Towelie420

      Couldn't have said it better myself

  • jdixon74

    Looks liek they are pulling que's from the good boys/gals in the rooted community. Its about time they listen to what WE want.

  • dustinvandeman

    Sounds pretty sweet!

  • dominguez619

    That is aewsome. They are totally making up for 2.1. Lol. Now you're going to have to make a video on how to return to stock unrooted 2.1.

    • kellex

      We're talking months and months away from an actual release. :)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jabril-Davis/1845803827 Jabril Davis

        So when mitee flash cum out that's my only concern

      • http://twitter.com/amayes amayes

        kellex did you even read the whole techcrunch article. and i quote,

        “Expect Froyo to officially launch no later that the Google I/O event next week.”

        that doesn't sound like months away to me.

        • syntakk

          That probably just means it goes out to the carriers for internal testing. So yes, I would expect it to be months before we actually get it. Just speaking from experience from within the cell phone industry ;)

        • Mrpicolas

          Tech crunch is notorious. For not having real info all the time its hype expect developers and carriers having this in June look to October at least for a carrier pushed release

      • emanuelC

        i thought 2.2 will be released in June…

      • Tdroid10

        If I for some crazy reason wanted to go back to stock,(which I don't). Could I flash the stock 2.0.1 from ROM manager and then manually install the 2.1 update just in case the OTA update I receive is the one that is locking up our droids? Would this process work or is there more too it? I'm just curious.

      • Tdroid10

        So in theory, if I wanted to go back to stock for some crazy reason, could I flash the stock 2.0.1 from ROM manager and then manually install the 2.1 update or just wait for an OTA update to come over the air?

  • Boo-Ya

    Honestly every time I check this site you deliver some great news or app review. Keep up the good work.
    Also anything new on the topic of Saving Apps to the SD card or is the last post you put up the only blip on the radar still.

    • briderx

      That's not true in my case.. i check every half hour for info.. Come on Kellex, get with the program! Ha ha..

  • Austin

    HIGHLY doubt this will be on verzion

  • Austin

    HIGHLY doubt this will be on verzion

    • jdixon74

      If it isn't, we always have rooted option and im sure 2.2 wont be any less of an issue to get around as 2.1 was.. Verizon can't keep us down! Always a way around.

    • http://twitter.com/standardsdt Dave Tarantula

      That's not very fair to say. Verizon already does allow tethering, and on the Pre's they allowed them to act as a hotspot. So I would say it's safe to say that these will most likely make it.

      • poeddroiduser

        Does Verizon “Allow” tethering”or do they “Tolerate” it?

        • Tom

          No, no… they allow it. It is a key feature of the Pre Plus, and is a feature on the DI. I'm guessing they were waiting for this. They don't tolerate it if you don't have a phone they say has tethering, but they may change it for all Droid phones if 2.2 has this feature. They might charge us more though.

        • Kt

          They “ALLOW” this because if they were so worried about droid users being able to wirelessly tether using there droid they wouldnt “allow” this option to be available on the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus. Also this feature (wifi hotspot) is advertised as a main selling point for those two Palm phones so its not like verizon doesnt know the feature is there they def. know all about it they simply “allow” it to be accessible.