The company “Tether” has released the public beta for the Android version of their USB tethering app. They have released a beta before, but this is the first time that they have made it available to everyone.
There are claims that the app is capable of running up to 40% faster than competing tethering apps. The company has also stated that you can transfer tether between android phones, so you get to keep it, even after changing phones. The steps to getting set up are pretty simple:
- On your Android device, go to Settings > Applications > Development, and check USB debugging.
- On your PC, download and install the desktop app (Windows only), then point your mobile browser to the Android app download and run the file. If asked if you’re sure you want to install, give it the go ahead.
- Run the application on your desktop, select Android for the OS and USB for the connection method. Then plug your phone in via USB to the PC, and the two should set up a connection.
Bam! You’re tethered. Best part of all this? According to the official site’s tour page, the app uses your data connection in a way that will not alert your provider that tethering is being used, thus sidestepping any tethering fees.
It should also be noted that Tether is stating that if you already have their app for Blackberry, they will provide you with the final Android version “at a huge discount.”