If the analysis we looked at yesterday of the WiFi chipsets used in the first wave of Windows Phone handsets is accurate, there’s nothing stopping the vast majority of WP7 devices from receiving the necessary driver update in order to enable wireless hotspot internet sharing mode. One of the phones identified as having the necessary hardware in place but just waiting for its software was LG’s Optimus 7. Sure enough, LG’s German branch just tweeted that the necessary update is on its way.
Unfortunately, the company’s twitter rep didn’t provide any specific information on just when such an update might be ready for release, but instead simply noted that a small update would be needed to enable the functionality, and that it would be here in time. We wish we had something more definite for you Optimus 7 users, but at least you know the company’s working on releasing the needed driver update, even without an ETA in sight.
After the release of this update, it will just be some HTC models (Trophy, Surround, 7 Pro, and HD7) and the Dell Venue Pro still lacking the necessary drivers for internet sharing in Windows Phone 7.