Tagged: HTC Hero
aospCMod, by XDA Developer aosp, is built from the CyanogenMod 7 nightlies. It has been out for a good while, but after the update released last night we can say that it is very stable. The main feature included in this past update is the functionality of the camera/camcorder. Hero development has decreased tremendously over the past six months, a time we all knew was coming. Fortunately a few developers have been sticking it out until the end - even as superb devices such as the Nexus S hit the shelves.
announced via its official forums that a maintenance update for HTC Hero owners will begin to rollout today. Bringing in a few fixes, it's a welcome update, especially when we won't be seeing anything beyond 2.1 for the device.
HTC Hero Android 2.1 upgrade was underway, HTC has been in touch to detail exactly what European owners should expect. As before, they're saying the 2.1 Eclair update should be out by the end of June: the first update, which is out this week, prepares the phone for the second, full OS upgrade. That second upgrade will wipe the Hero completely, so HTC are recommending users back-up their handsets prior to installing it. Meanwhile it's also a sizeable package, so HTC recommend downloading it over WiFi rather than 3G.
"Android Éclair update for HTC Hero will be released by the end of June. The upgrade will come in two parts, the first of which will roll out from this week and will be detected when the Hero next automatically checks for software updates. The second part of the update will follow towards the end of the month. As the second part of the upgrade will wipe all data on the handset, Hero users should ensure any important data has been backed up before proceeding with the installation. Due to the size of the update, wherever possible, we would advise using a WiFi connection for this download to avoid additional data charges."
HTC support page, described as a "Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client update & YouTube player Update"; we've previously seen the Android 2.1 firmware for the Hero distributed in a two-stage process, with the handsets first prepared for the new version with an initial, smaller update, before the larger upgrade is distributed. That seems to be happening for Hero handsets in Europe; HTC have previously said are on track for a June 2010 release for the new firmware, having already released it in Thailand. Anybody out there with a Hero that's been offered this update OTA yet? [via Twitter]
OTA HTC Hero Android 2.1 update to drop from carrier Chungwa Telecom, you'll be pleased to hear that there's already a hacked ROM suitable for any Hero out in the wild. Master ROM-fiddler Paul O'Brien has released three different versions of the update. Two are rooted (one of which has the Chinese-specific functionality stripped out as well, and is the recommended path for most users to take) while there's also an unrooted version. We're keeping a watchful eye on HTC's European support sites, and have a request in with their PR team for any public timescale they may be able to give. Update: We've just heard back from HTC's UK PR team, who say that they expect the Android 2.1 firmware for the HTC Hero to be released sometime in June 2010. Nothing more specific than that, sadly.