Android 2.2, codenamed “Froyo” just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter with several feature announcements already under its belt. We already knew it was going to be faster than ever and support Flash right out of the box, but now we know that Google is looking to open the OS up even further by offering Tethering and WiFi hotspot support which will essentially allow you to get an internet connection anywhere you can get 3G.
Tethering is something that many phone users have been wanting for years, including iPhone fans. Apple implemented the feature into the iPhone 3GS, but AT&T has not signed on to the idea just yet. In the UK, the O2 carrier offers the service for iPhone users and has been very popular since then.
To allow tethering, the carrier would have to approve and VentureBeat is willing to bet that they will charge extra if they even allow it at all. It’s likely AT&T will not allow for the feature, but Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint can use this as leverage to pull disgruntled iPhone users away to them with very little effort involved.