Tethering has fast become an important feature of smartphones, especially in the business world as people look to use their handsets to supply Internet access for their other devices and use the mobile phone as a modem. It has now been revealed that Google is to update its Android operating system with the tethering functionality.
Android 2.2, or Froyo as it is also known, will allow smartphones using this technology to create Wi-Fi hotspots and share their 3G network connection with other devices such as a laptop or the new Apple iPad. When there are no other Wi-Fi hotspots in the vicinity, this new function will be able to search for other networks, proving to be extremely useful for laptop and PDA users who need to get online for business purposes.
The Android operating system may benefit from a similar feature to that experienced by HTC smartphone users which are based on the Windows Mobile platform. Android users will also be able to tether the device to a PC, so many network providers may have to consider their generous data limits in response to this news.
This tethering facility is due to take place when the operating system next requires an update, so watch out for further news on the subject.