Sprint’s HTC Hero to launch with Android 1.6?

by Hero on September 25, 2009

in Firmware, Video

Android v1.6The HTC Hero recently received a software (ROM) update, improving the performance of the handset. However, the firmware version of Android remained at v1.5 (Cupcake). The next firmware update (v1.6 – codenamed Donut) will not be released until October. Sprint users will be happy to know that its HTC Hero handset will have v1.6 installed out of the box, according to Pocket-Lint.

The Donut release of Android contains a number of improvements including the following:

  • Quick search box: Enables you to search internet history and emails. It’s a self-learning system.
  • Battery indicator: Allows you to see which apps are draining the battery the most.
  • Better display support: Applications can be rendered properly on different display resolutions.
  • Camera improvements: Launching the camera will be 38% faster and the “gap” between shots will be 28% shorter.
  • The gallery, camera and video camera UI is now integrated.
  • Pico: Multi-lingual speech synthesis engine that allows any Android application to “speak” a string of text with an accent that matches the language.

Check out a demo video of Android v1.6’s main features after the break.

Via 3G.co.uk.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brandon October 3, 2009 at 8:24 AM

Hm, I want this update for my current Hero.

2 Rajesh October 6, 2009 at 6:18 AM

Hello can somebody let me know wheter all SIM FREE HTC HERO will be forward compatible to Android’s upcoming future versions (like 1.6, 2.0).

If yes Will it be through HTC firmware update or an andriod independent update.

Thanks in for anticipation.

3 mrbill October 6, 2009 at 12:56 PM

Nothing about the web browser? It’s merely usable compared to iphone’s safari, which is a bad bad thing considering how great Chrome is.

4 SDsc_rch October 8, 2009 at 5:51 AM

this says its arriving with 1.6 – now there’s word that it will ship with 1.5


what’s the truth??

5 sean cronin October 9, 2009 at 7:36 PM

i just bought the hero from best buy today (you can get it early if you have a reward zone membership) and it indeed only has 1.5

6 bob October 10, 2009 at 6:15 AM

I also got the HTC hero from bestbuy today and it had 1.5 but I don’t see any lag at all. Very nice phone best I’ve seen from Sprint yet. Actually get better signal than my treo pro and instinct.

7 karl October 10, 2009 at 7:22 PM

Picked it up today, here’s what is installed (Oct 10):

Firmware version: 1.5
Baseband version:
Kernel version: 2.6.27
Build number: 1.29.651.1
Software version: 1.29.651.1

Attempts to update are failing.

8 Scott October 11, 2009 at 4:58 AM

I can confirm, no donuts on the Sprint HTC Hero. :(

9 Frank October 13, 2009 at 4:01 AM

This sucks.. i also bought the hero friday and it didnt come with firmware 1.6… it has 1.5… thats not fair that we havent gotten the 1.6 update and the mytouch 3g from tmobile got it.

10 Kyle October 20, 2009 at 4:37 AM

I also purchased the HTC Hero for Sprint last Friday and I’m stuck with 1.5 as well.

11 David October 21, 2009 at 4:52 PM

I just got the Hero from Sprint. It has 1.5. Anyone know if it can be upgraded to Donuts?

12 manny October 28, 2009 at 8:36 PM
13 Jeremy Jacobs November 4, 2009 at 7:16 PM

BTW, version 1.5 can’t connect to a WPA wireless network which most universities and businesses use. Any idea if the 1.6 version can connect to a WPA wireless network?

14 dboftlp November 9, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Just got the HTC Hero last week from Sprint, running 1.5, connects to my WPA2-Personal home wifi network with no issues.


15 Sprint February 19, 2010 at 6:59 PM

Sprint is the biggest piece of shit phone company going. No tethering, no upgrades.

16 david ivie March 12, 2010 at 3:04 AM

Sprint sucks and so does the hero. If you like horrible customer service, crappy internet connections and lousy download time with no computer support. Buy this piece of shit

17 david ivie March 12, 2010 at 3:06 AM

The worse mobile service ever Sprint. Enough said

18 Matt November 3, 2010 at 3:14 PM

I hate my HTC hero. It is the worst phone I have ever owned. Sprint needs a reality check, and a reimbursement check for hero owners. I hate this phone… with a passion.

19 SDsc_rch November 15, 2010 at 6:59 AM

i’m soooo glad i got rid of mine
the hero was SO slow – and small

it was just plain under-powered – not enough CPU to run the O/S

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