Google’s mobile phone OS, Android, will add both tethering and mifi to it’s upcoming 2.2 release.
In addition to full Flash support and a whopper of a speed improvement, we’ve just confirmed something that’s even more stunning. Froyo will have built in USB tethering so you can share your data connection with your laptop, something Apple and AT&T still haven’t managed to allow in the U.S. And even better: you can turn your Android phone into a portable wifi hotspot as well.
You can see the tethering and wifi hotspot features in the screenshots above. One thing that isn’t clear from the information we’ve received is whether carriers can turn this feature off, or even charge for it, unless they break away from the standard Android build.
What’s funny though, is that Michael Arrington says Apple’s iPhone will have lots of catching up to do. Except that Apple already offers tethering. It’s AT&T that has disabled the function, here in the US. So the better question is how is Google going to convince other carriers to allow tethering once 2.2 is released?