there's no official announcement from
HTC yet, HTC's European
customer service unveiled that the company isn't planning to release an Android
1.6 Donut upgrade for the
HTC Hero but is
skipping it in favor for an
upgrade instead! At least, that's the answer a user over at AndroidGuys received
when he asked for the availability of an Android 1.6 upgrade. That's pretty
straight forward and an upgrade to Android 2.0 is definitely more worth than
having Android 1.6 available, especially with today's release of Google Maps
Here the E-Mail the user received from HTC's European customer service:
Dear HTC customer,
Thank you for contacting our Customer Support Center. We are dedicated to
providing you with the best quality service and answering all of your
questions and concerns.
The Hero will not be receiving the Android 1.6 upgrade, it will however get
the 2.0 one. Do note however that we do not have a confirmed release date
for this upgrade, all I can recommend at the moment is that you keep
yourself updated by visiting our website regularly as the latest information
will be available to view from there.
HTC customer support team
HTC Corp. Global Service Division
No word yet if other HTC smartphone like the HTC Magic or HTC Tattoo will
receive the same Android 2.0 love from HTC. Also there's still no official word
available what Samsung plans for the Samsung GT-I7500 Galaxy.
UPDATE: HTC just confirmed via Twitter, that the HTC Hero will indeed get an upgrade to Android 2.0 aka Eclair:
"The rumors are true! Hero will be getting an Eclair update. We ask for
your patience as we update Sense for the fancy new Android OS."
However, HTC hasn't given a release date yet but it's quite expectable that
it will be definitely before year's end.
Cheers ~ Arne