Android 2.2 turns your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot

According to TechCrunch, the incoming version of Android, 2.2 (or Froyo), will have a neat trick up its virtual sleeve, the ability to turn your handset into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Yes, the OS update will allow you to beam your 3G connection around, sharing with your other devices. A bit like tethering, only easier and with more devices able to access at once. You can tether your phone as well if you want to, but with it all being available wirelessly, why would you? No doubt the networks will get a little twitchy about data use eventually, but in the meantime, tuck in.

That's not all 2.2 has on offer. According to TechRadar, other interesting features include a marked increase in speed and interestingly, support for Flash as standard. Take that Apple! The upgrade will also introduce automatic background app updates, so you can be sure you've always got the latest take on your program of choice and the option to install apps to memory card, very useful.

We now know all that, but we don't know when 2.2 will land. The clever money is pretty soon, with an announcement expected at Google's I/O developer conference on May 19th and 20th, with deployment on handset probably taking some weeks after that.

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