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Android 2.2 To Bring Tethering, Flash, Mobile Hotspot Support

Android 2.2 To Bring Tethering, Flash, Mobile Hotspot Support

Google's Android mobile operating system is making a huge impact in the smartphone industry. Recent reports show it growing even faster than the iPhone OS, and while it still has a long ways to go to reach the 150000+ apps that the App Store has for Apple users, it's well on the way. Android 2.1 is the most current version, and those with phones using older versions are constantly clamoring for their respective carriers to push out the v2.1 update.

If you thought people were wishing for 2.1, just imagine how loud the whining will be for Android 2.2. Code named "Froyo," this future build of Android will bring about two critical features that the vast majority of smartphones lack from the factory. Tethering and Mobile HotSpot features are both widely yearned for, yet infrequently supported. Palm's Pre Plus for Verizon is one of the very few smartphones that offers the latter for free, and while select phones can tether once jailbroken, rooted, or hacked, few carriers support it natively. And those that do, charge extra for it.


Android 2.2, reportedly, will offer both of those features right out of the box, which will instantly make Android one of the most attractive mobile operating systems on the market, as if it weren't attractive enough already. Then, of course, there's Flash support. Something that the iPhone OS will never have. All of a sudden, it looks like Android may just be superior to the iPhone OS. Guess that explains those recent numbers, right?
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From what I am understanding this should have been released today or next Friday. I am pretty sure it was the 14th though. I actually wrote an article on this for a forum 3 days ago. It was regarding this update, it's abilities, and it's effect on Sprint and other cellular providers who charge extra  for the same capabilities. I think Sprint is specifically trying to lure people in on the EVO, as it is stated as an included option for most people trying to pre-order them. If you ask if it is mandatory they will tell you no, but unless you ask that it will sound like it is mandatory.

The thing is if you pre-order an EVO and get this service you will be locked into a 2 year contract for it. If you do not get it like this, it should be available as an initiation update when the device is first turned on. Of course if you pre-order it whoever you have pre-ordered it from (BB,Radio Shack, Sprint etc) will do the initiation of the device, and you won't see the update unless you specifically check.

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Let's see how quick tethering gets ripped out of some of these phones by the carriers.

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>> Let's see how quick tethering gets ripped out of some of these phones by the carriers.

Pretty hard to do when the app marketplace is open and adding the functionality back, eh? ;)

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3vi1:

>> Let's see how quick tethering gets ripped out of some of these phones by the carriers.

Pretty hard to do when the app marketplace is open and adding the functionality back, eh? ;)

I see your point and raise you links.

But yeah I guess 90% of the phones would not be like this.

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>> I see your point and raise you links.

LoL! Good show man!

Hack app to "flip configuration switch" coming in 5... 4... 3....

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One thing most people haven't caught is that the Evo will ship with (or receive an immediate OTA update to) 2.2. The development kits for it talks about 2.2, giving place holders and the correct bits of code to add in to take advantage of the changes and additions.

Since 2.2 is supposed to be out by the end of the month, things might get tight for a pre-ship install. Of course, I would expect the other HTC phones using hardware close to the Evo's (Desire, Droid Incredible) to get an OTA update early next month. The Google N1 should get it at that time as well.

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