Friday, August 26, 2011

Phone Friday: Slick Android Feature: Portable Hotspot

I've known about the Portable Hotspot capability on my Android G2 for some time. But, today I received a phone update (I'm now running Android 2.3.4), and for the first time, the functionality works.

Using Portable Hotspot is easy. You go under:

Settings > Wirless & network settings > Tethering & portable hotspot

You can set the name of the hotspot, a password and then turn the sucker on.

To my amazement, I was able to switch over to my laptop, and discover a WiFi router with the name I put into my Android settings. I connected to it, provided the password, and after a minute of negotiation between the devices, I was connected.

Does this mean I won't need the "T-mobile stick" I use to give my netbook connectivity? Not sure yet, but it's looking that way. If this really works reliably, it's going to be one killer feature.

Is that a wireless hotspot in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me? Yes, it's a hotspot.

I so can't wait to use that line.

1 comment:

  1. yeah I really like the hotspot feature too...i just wish I'd get my update to 2.3.4. Lauren has had it for about 2 weeks and I'm still waiting.