Android 2.2 Froyo Could Bring Free Tethering for Nexus One & Motorola Droid

May 21, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Various reports on the internet suggest that the Nexus One and Motorola Droid handsets could get free tethering along with the Android 2.2 Froyo update rumored to reach the phones by June.

The possibility of free tethering being specifically available on these two devices is because of their direct link with the Google Experience, which is one of the three versions that Android OS is available in, and comes pre-loaded with many goodies from Google. It is also the stock version of Android and in case the OS has not been modified, carriers could find it impossible to insert their payment switch, though existing Android operating softwares have been modified by carriers in the past to suit their needs.

However, Android 2.2 also allows for carriers to disable tethering or charge for the service if they choose to do so. Android is also incapable of measuring data usage through tethering or mobile hotspots, which means that most users could get either all or none.

The official announcement about Android 2.2 Froyo being equipped with tethering and mobile hotspot capabilities was made by Google at the Google I/O event. The manner in which carriers provide the service remains to be seen.

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