freeTether update to bring Wi-Fi tethering for the masses 79
The folks at WebOS Internals continue to push the envelope for outstanding homebrew applications, and apparently they don’t take breaks over the winter holiday. Developers PuffTheMagic, and egaudet have been hard at work collaborating on a major update to the much-loved freeTether app for webOS.
PuffTheMagic noted that when freeTether was first developed as a proof-of-concept, much of the architecture necessary to permit Wi-Fi tethering wasn’t available in webOS without some pretty significant binary hackery (or breaking copyrights). This limited the then-and-current version’s intrinsic functionality to USB tethering only, as well as enabling some of the bits needed to hack Mobile Hotspot onto a Sprint Pre.
That has changed with the maturing nature of webOS, specifically with the implementation of Mobile Hotspot’s necessary backbone architecture in webOS 1.4.1. Using that backbone, the homebrew developers have built their own service and reworked freeTether enough that the next version promises to be a major advance.
According to egaudet, “everything will just work,” including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB tethering. There will also be better controls and more elegant methods of enabling USB-tethering functionality than previously possible, like removing the need for a reboot. Even some of the extra bells and whistles, like lists of connected devices (like that available with Mobile Hotspot), will be available in the new version of freeTether. Best of all, although the UI is subject to change, this new version of freeTether is expected to be ready for release within a week.
As always, the folks at WebOS Internals do their work in their spare time and are funded entirely by donation. Like so many other WebOS Internals releases, freeTether promises to dramatically increase the utility of our beloved webOS devices. So, we might recommend that you show your appreciation with a donation to PuffTheMagic and egaudet to help cover their costs.
Source: WebOS Internals (Twitter)