One of the coolest features about the newest version of Google's Android OS, otherwise known as "Froyo," is that it can create a mobile hotspot for users to connect a laptop or other device to 3G data... but not for Droid customers.
Right as Froyo is getting ready to be rolled out to the Droid, the #1 selling Android phone to date, Verizon stepped in and said that the Wi-Fi tethering will be systematically stripped out of the Droid's version of the new platform.
In an interview with Mobile Crunch, Verizon claimed that the Droid hardware cannot support such a feature. "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," said a Verizon rep.
Currently, the only phones with Android 2.2 are Google's own Nexus One and HTC's first 4G phone, the Evo. Those devices have no difficulty running the mobile hotspot feature.
Motorola and Verizon confirmed that the Droid X will be able to pull off the new feature, but that's little consolation to the millions of people who own the top-selling Droid, including new customers who have to wait years before they can upgrade.
Of course, the Droid will still get the new interface and all other functionality from Froyo, like full Flash mobile support and a better power consumption.
The Droid's update is expected to begin rolling out within the next week.