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UNVEILED: HTC skips Android 1.6 Upgrade for the Hero in favor of Android 2.0 [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 28.10.09 - 17:11:47 CET under 04 - Android News - Viewed 33287x
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While 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 Android 2.0/Eclair 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 Navigation.

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.

Best regards,
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

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