Considered by the mainstream community as being something new, the though of tethering your mobile phone
to a computer to gain high speed internet service has actually been around for quite some time. Sure we've seen it become more prevalent with the dawn of Mi-Fi devices that utilize Wi-Fi connections to share broadband internet service. Highlighted mostly of late by Verizon's webOS smartphones and the highly anticipated HTC EVO 4G soon, there are some new revelations for the next incarnation of Android. As we've already been treated to the known fact that Android 2.2 “Froyo” will pack Flash support
, now it's looking like it'll also offer USB tethering and a Mobile Hotspot functionality. Even though we can fancy all the joys that Android will be offering, it's left unclear if wireless carries will have the ability to turn off this feature. Ultimately, there is no denying that they will have a small play
in the grand scheme of things as they are the ones who will be providing the back-end service for the handsets. With only a week away from the Google I/O event, it'll be interesting to see what news will come to light surrounding this new functionality.