Android Froyo introduces 3G tethering

It’s all go at Google at the moment – erecting a massive plastic frozen yoghurt on the lawn, preparing for next week’s I/O developer event and giving

It’s all go at Google at the moment – erecting a massive plastic frozen yoghurt on the lawn, preparing for next week’s I/O developer event and giving out exclusives on new stuff in Android 2.2.

This morning TechCrunch got wind of a new feature baked into the forthcoming Froyo version of Google’s mobile OS – USB tethering.

That means – in theory at least – that Androiders will be able to browse the web on their laptops and non-3G tablets when they’re out and about just by hooking up a data-enabled phone. It'd also let you set up your mobile as a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Good news, but the networks won’t be keen to lose the tasty slice of revenue they get from pimping out data to the mobile masses. So the question remains: will they have the power to do anything about it?

Sadly, the answer’s probably ‘yes’. But we can always dream…

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