Looks like Verizon Wireless has taken a page out of AT&T's playbook, as the latest Gingerbread update for the Droid X now seems to detect tethering apps not approved by the carrier and cut off users' data, replacing all requests with an upsale page for the official hotspot add-on. This is now the 2nd wave of attacks against free tethering, following a global carrier block (with the exception of good old Sprint) of the most popular tethering apps on the Android Market.
According to a tipster at Droid-life, the Motorola XOOM will be receiving a (relatively minor) system update tomorrow, and no - it doesn't include SD card support (exactly why, we can't even begin to guess). Here's the list of changes and additions:
- Access and stay connected to Wi-Fi networks with added Proxy support
- SSL data transfer with websites is now supported
- WPA Pre-Shared Key pass-phrases are now supported when using the device as a Mobile Hotspot
- POP 3 HTML emails will display in their entirety
- Bluetooth is now supported in Google Talk
- Application storage errors will not appear unless the device has reached maximum storage capacity
- Safely dock the Motorola XOOM into the docking adapter without interruption
- Ability to add and use a Bluetooth mouse
- View and import pictures from digital cameras with Picture Transfer Protocol
- When using the device in accessibility mode, menus will no longer prompt with sounds
Generally, this update seems to fix a lot of bugs and add support for some more technical items - nothing to get too worked up about.
Carriers' official tethering plans never cease to amaze us - $15 to $30 per month for something that users with rooted phones can enjoy for free via Wireless Tether or Tether for Android (not to mention the free tethering app that comes built right into stock Froyo). Nevertheless, T-Mobile's gone ahead and announced that starting this Sunday, November 14th, its users will be charged $14.99 per month for the feature. This will buy you unlimited data for your laptop/netbook to choke down, although there will also be a $10 monthly plan, which will get you just 200MB of data.
Many blogs and websites have reported over the past several days that an OTA update was coming for the Droid Incredible which included the following updates:
- 720p video recording (sweeeeeeet!)
- Verizon’s mobile hotspot app
- Integrated Skype app
- Cool new “Droid” boot animation
For the record, I’ve had my Incredible since the beginning of May and have seen only one minor update (update 1) since then. Apparently, this most recent OTA was a "rolling" update and was supposed to hit Incredible owners over the last week or so.
EVO 4G users, rejoice! As of a few minutes ago, you can enjoy unlimited free WiFi/Bluetooth tethering using the Wireless Tether for Root users (or simply android-wifi-tether) app.
The app's main committer Harald Mue, who doesn't even have the EVO in his possession, together with a community contributor Andrew Robinson (who does have one) have figured out what was going wrong with the EVO compared to other phones and together collaborated on a fix all within 2 days of finding the problem
Hey, wait a minute, wasn't the EVO released the same 2 days ago?
Thanks to our friends at phandroid.com (hey Rob!), we can now check out what was actually going on at yesterday's special 4G event Sprint held.
Rob recorded 4 videos on his HD camcorder (nice investment, Rob), starting with Sprint's CEO Dan Hesse's keynote speech announcing EVO 4G and going into the presentations that followed.