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EXCLUSIVE: More Information And Pictures Of Android 2.2 Froyo's Tether And Built-in WiFi Access Point/Mobile Hotspot Capabilities
Last Updated: June 5th, 2012

Yesterday we brought you exclusive benchmarks showing the amazing speedups achieved by the Android team in Froyo 2.2, and today we're back with some more juicy info.

Today, TechCrunch finally broke the news of the USB Tether and WiFi Access point/mobile hotspot capabilities, built right into the core of Android 2.2 Froyo.

TechCrunch posted 2 pictures, which some claimed could be fake, and provided no further information.

I am here to tell you they are not fake, and to provide more exclusive pictures obtained by AndroidPolice.com.

I can also confirm that testing the WiFi AP/mobile hotspot feature was successful, with a couple of WiFi enabled devices hooked up to the said access point running on Froyo and all able to access the Internet just fine.

Of course, with the final release, things may change, and the carriers could try to disable the feature unless you pay a monthly fee (we have a feeling Sprint will be doing just that), so we are not making any promises.

And now, as promised, here is the eye candy:

More Exclusive Information And Pictures Of Android 2.2 Froyo's Tether And Built-in WiFi Access Point/Mobile Hotspot Capabilities More Exclusive Information And Pictures Of Android 2.2 Froyo's Tether And Built-in WiFi Access Point/Mobile Hotspot Capabilities

More Exclusive Information And Pictures Of Android 2.2 Froyo's Tether And Built-in WiFi Access Point/Mobile Hotspot Capabilities More Exclusive Information And Pictures Of Android 2.2 Froyo's Tether And Built-in WiFi Access Point/Mobile Hotspot Capabilities

Edit: the SIM card was not inserted at the time of taking the above screenshots, which is why you are seeing the "missing SIM" icon. It was inserted later for testing of the AP capabilities.

And here is a screenshot of a regular phone running 2.1 connected to the WiFi network broadcast by the Froyo device:

2.1 connected

More info to come as it becomes available. In the meantime, you can follow us on twitter at @AndroidPolice or subscribe to our RSS feed at http://www.androidpolice.com/feed.

P.S. It's purely coincidental that the AndroidAP WiFi network name in the screenshot and AndroidPolice share the same "AP" initials - AP here stands for Access Point.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • nexus

    And what about tethering with MacOSX, either with USB or wifi ?

  • http://androidpolice.com John Thompson

    As it allows the phone to turn itself in to a Wi-Fi hotspot, any device should be able to connect to it, similar to the wireless tether app that currently requires root access.

  • http://www.sharingmyopinion.com/ James

    Interesting stuff.
    Not sure why you ended the post with "More info to come as it becomes available."
    Did you mean info about whether or not tethering would be blocked by carriers? because I'd assume if you already have 2.2 running on a phone, all information about 2.2 would already be available to you!

    So has the audio quality on the Nexus One's video recorder been improved on 2.2? (because its shocking on 2.1)

    Cheers
    James

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      James, yeah, more info about whether carriers will block it and stick fees on top.

      No comment no other stuff currently.

  • CuriousGeorgie88

    Can you tell us what security settings are available, e.g. WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No comment for now, plus it's too early to tell :-]

  • TesseractE

    You've been using the term 'Access Point'... will this function as a true 'Access Point' or will it be an 'Ad-Hoc' connection like most Wi-Fi tethering currently in existence?

    Man, I wanna be able to connect my PSP to the web on-the-go!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      True WiFi AP - multiple devices can connect.

  • Trebek

    "I can also confirm that testing the WiFi AP/mobile hotspot feature was successful"

    Obviously you have a N1 with 2.2 running on it. Can you PLEASE post up a video or many many more screen shots illustrating the many new features? Even a list of cool new stuff you can find would do!

    Cheers!