These days high-end smartphones tend to feature WiFi hotspot functionality, iOS 4.3 added this functionality to the iPhone 4 and when the HTC Thunderbolt is released tomorrow it will offer this feature, now we are hearing that BlackBerry smartphones may soon be able to act as a WiFi hotspot to.
A recent article posted on N4BB.com appears to show the Mobile HotSpot feature built-into RIM’s BlackBerry OS 6.1, from what we can see it will allow for up to 5 devices to be connected at once and will have an auto-shutdown option which will turn off the HotSpot after 10 minutes of inactivity, which will save battery life.
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It is hard to say whether any existing BlackBerry smartphones will support OS 6.1 and the HotSpot functionality, however we can almost guarantee that all upcoming RIM smartphones will feature the HotSpot functionality, that’s unless the screens over at N4BB are fake.
According to our source when using the HotSpot functionality your BlackBerry will have restricted Bluetooth functionality and will not be able to connect to WiFi networks, this is no surprise, however useful to know none-the-less.
OS 6.1 will also allow you to tether your BlackBerry smartphone via Bluetooth, WiFi and USB, also you will no longer have to use Desktop Manager. Do you like the sound of these changes and new features?