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RUMOR: HTC Hero to get an Android 2.1 Upgrade?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 30.11.09 - 09:41:16 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 17479x
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While Google's Android 2.0 is still pretty new and so far only one handset is running it (in the US it's the Motorola Droid/in Europe it's the Motorola Milestone), it's widely known/expected that Google is working on the follower already - most probably called Android 2.1 (code-named Flan). And while HTC confirmed that it will release an Android 2.0/Eclair upgrade for the HTC Hero, HTC might even skip Android 2.0 in favor of Android 2.1. Over the weekend, a couple of screenshots appeared, which seems to show a Hero Android 2.1 ROM with HTC Sense integration:

Since Android 2.1 wasn't officially announced, it's somewhat unclear what it will feature but sources said it will mostly contain bugfixes for for Android 2.0.
Also, I've heard from HTC that the Android 2.x upgrade for the HTC Hero won't be available this year anymore but it will take until early next year to be released as a free update for Hero customers.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by whiteythomson on 30.11.09 - 15:55:27

I can't understand why they would hold it out until the new year. Really hoping they would be kind and get it out before Christmas. It would make sense to do it before then because I can imagine people buying loads more market apps around the festive season - especially with the improved market.

I've played around with the Motorola now and it pains me massively to go on Android Market on the's impossible to find the best paid apps at the moment.

Come on HTC....hurry the hell up!

Posted by Arne Hess on 30.11.09 - 16:47:18

HTC could easily launch it earlier - without HTC Sense! But a) they don't want to launch it without Sense (like Motorola launched the Droid/Milestone without its new MotoBlur) and b) most users want HTC Sense and wouldn't accept a release without HTC Sense.
And integrating HTC Sense into the new OS version take its time.

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