HTC Hero

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) port for HTC Hero may be a reality

One of the first Android phones available in the US may see an upgrade, unofficially of course, to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). The HTC Hero has always had a great community of developers that stick around to make sure the device isn't just up to date, but has the latest and greatest despite its crucial hardware limitations. I personally had the HTC Hero for quite a while thanks to an amazing port of CyanogenMod; HTC Sense just wasn't cutting it with such a slow processor and limited RAM.

Angry Birds Seasons: Easter available now

Well, Spring has sprung and that means only one thing (other than some rodent being right about his shadow), that there's a new version of Angry Birds Seasons out! Angry Birds Seasons: Easter edition is now available in the Android Market. The new chapter of the insanely successful gaming app offers 15 new Spring themed levels, chocolate and bunnies, more Golden Eggs, and the ability to listen to the "twitter" of birds for more features.

HTC honored with device manufacturer of the year award

Smart Phone manufacturer HTC Corporation has been given yet another award to add to their trophy case as the GSMA honored them with their annual Device Manufacturer of the Year award. The award caps off quite a busy past twelve months for the smartphone manufacturer who has released one of the largest selections of Android smartphones in the industry including leading smartphones like the HTC Desire. HTC beat out both Apple and Samsung for the honor and previously, received the Best Mobile Phone of 2010 with the HTC Hero.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread hits… the HTC Hero?!

The HTC Hero, the first phone ever to sport the ever popular HTC Sense interface, finally has a decent Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM in its arsenal. Named 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.

HTC Hero Finally Getting Updated to Android 2.1

The moment that Europe have been waiting for has finally arrived. HTC Hero has been on Android 1.5 (Cupcake) since last year but today time for HTC Hero to evolve. HTC is releasing the Android 2.1 (Éclair) update for HTC Hero. What an exciting news for you all!

HTC confirm Android 2.1 Hero two-stage update is underway

With reports that the first stage of the 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 Hero OTA update paves way for Android 2.1 release

Could the HTC Hero Android 2.1 update be finally nearing release?  A new update for the smartphone has been announced on the 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]

HTC Hero Android 2.1 unofficial ROM released [Updated]

If you're not in Taiwan and thus waiting for the 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.
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