The long-awaited ROM upgrade for the HTC Hero looks like it’s coming to an end. HTC has made the latest update (v 2.73.405.5) available across Norway, Denmark and Sweden earlier today. The update is said to increase performance of the handset as well as offering touch focus for the 5MP camera.
We did try to download the update ourselves, but it seems that the serial number verification process blocks handsets outside the region. This could be a blessing in disguise as HTC support (from Swedish forum, Swedroid) has said that users from outside the region should not download this update it “misses an important piece in the ROM”. Apparently, updates for other regions will be released tomorrow.
As over-the-air (OTA) updates aren’t yet in use for firmware updates, the only way to update the firmware is by connecting your HTC Hero to your PC. This has caused Linux/MAC users to be up in arms as HTC Sync currently only supports Windows. Hopefully, HTC is on the case to sort this out quickly. The last thing it wants to do is alienate a large group of users from firmware updates.