Unfortunately, Verizon won’t be allowing hotspot capabilities or tethering with the Android 2.2 update on the Droid, even though those features are natively part of the new software. PhoneScoop received a comment from Verizon Wireless spokesperson Brenda Raney:
“The Droid by Motorola doesn’t have [the] hardware to support a Mobile Hotspot. With tethering there is no Connection on the PC side that will allow you to tether the device so the answer is that option isn’t part of this update.”
While the Verizon ad basically says the Froyo updated is like downloading a new phone, well, it’s like not, since your hardware is still the same old hardware that isn’t built to offer these capabilities.
Of course, if you weren’t planning on using hotspot or tethering, you should be perfectly happy with the overall improvements that Froyo has to offer. You’ll be able to store apps to your memory card, overall performance is improved, web browsing is much better than 2.1 and battery life seems to be slightly improved as well.
We reported that the Android 2.2 update should start rolling out today, with the updates reaching an increasing number of users as the week progresses. Feel free to chime in and let us know if you’ve received the update and what the process was like.