Verizon: Sorry, No Tethering or Hotspot for Motorola Droid Froyo Update

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Motorola Droid owners are probably going bonkers this week as Verizon is beginning to roll out the Android 2.2 or Froyo update. The improvements include faster loading of JavaScript heavy pages, Bluetooth voice dialing, LED flash assisted video recording and, of course, Adobe Flash 10.1. The updates will undoubtedly be a welcome one for all Droid users, and in many cases those who updated to Froyo on the Nexus One or HTC EVO 4G said they feel like they have a totally new phone. Will that be the case with the original Droid, too?

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.

[Via: PhoneScoop]

  • Ryan

    Lets face it. There is no value in buying a first generation device. I should have learned my lesson with RIM, but Mototola sealed the deal.

  • Rick

    “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.”

    I have been running Froyo (Android 2.2) on my rooted Droid for several months including the Hotspot capability. It works like a charm despite verizon's claims.

  • GJones123456

    I have a droid and have no need for tethering or hotspot so please don't spoil it for all of us

  • Matt Graham

    This is simply not true. The Motorola Droid will support USB tethering with the Android 2.2 update. The hardware is only incapable of supporting wireless tethering.

    • David S

      One of the reasons fro buying a droid was because it allowed USB tethering. Are you testing beta 2.2?

  • Jason Citrano

    I agree Matt, I am running Froyo right now on a 1st Generation Motorola Droid and i tested tethering last night and it works perfect and is fast.

  • David S

    One of the reasons fro buying a droid was because it allowed USB tethering. Are you testing beta 2.2?

  • Nate S

    Verizon is lying. The hardware has the capability. Download PDA Net from the Android market. Verizon just wants everybody to buy a new phone.

  • Gene

    It Tethers fine… I am tethered right now typing this reply with the update???? Matt may be right about it not tethering wireless… haven’t tried that…

    • Tito

      what Verizon said was absolute BULLS***. I am typing up this reply on an Acer Aspire one WIRELESSLY tethered to my rooted 2.2 Droid with WIRELESS tethering. 3g is much faster than dialup. even rivaling DSL at times.

  • Onmyoujin

    Sadly, Verizon’s statements are simply not true. USB tethering is available and functional on the Droid with an unraped 2.2 update, but Verizon has chosen simply to not allow it as a marketing strategy. Furthermore, a wireless tethering option can be obtained from the market for those with a non-lobotomized 2.2 ROM and root access. I can understand the marketing decision behind the move, but Verizon needs to come clean and simply admit they forced these features out of the new update (causing a 6 month delay in it’s release to the Droid vs. HTC phones) because of a marketing strategy, instead of lying about the capabilities of the Droid hardware.

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