HTC Hero skipping straight to Éclair (Android 2.0) release?

by Hero on October 28, 2009

in Firmware,News

Android 2.0With all of the excitement surrounding Android 2.0 (Éclair) in recent days, I was feeling a bit depressed wondering how long it may be before we see some Éclair action on the HTC Hero. As it turns out, the wait may not be too long. According to a response from a HTC European customer service representative, HTC is planning to bypass Android 1.6 (Donut) completely and skipping straight to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero.

I’d take the news with a pinch of salt, especially as a customer rep isn’t the most reliable of sources, however it makes sense for the company to do this. Android 2.0 is already out so why duplicate the workload? Remember as HTC has customized the Android firmware with its Sense UI, there’s no OTA updates like you get with the T-Mobile G1 (that is a ‘Google Experience’ handset). Therefore, HTC has to adapt each firmware release before passing it on to Hero users.

Let’s hope it is true so that we can finally get proper Bluetooth support and to test out Google Maps Navigation! Check out the full HTC response after the break.

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

Via AndroidGuys [via the::unwired].

Thanks Oliver!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Owen philip Epstein October 28, 2009 at 7:02 PM

Looking forward to 2,0 for a much richer android experience.

2 Oliver Smith October 28, 2009 at 7:03 PM

Thanks for the mention, nice to see a site just for Hero users. :-)

3 M1AU October 28, 2009 at 9:09 PM

Exactly what Owen said. Looking forward to 2.0 for a much richer Android experience.

4 roose21 October 29, 2009 at 12:21 AM

This is good news! I’m kind of new to whole Android thing, have only had my Hero about a week now, very impressed though. How will the update roll out then? As a download or over the air? (not sure how a ota update would work?)

5 Ruben Middel October 29, 2009 at 2:45 AM

HTC’s Twitter confirmed it too :D No dates yet..

6 Donnie October 29, 2009 at 3:26 AM

Straight from HTC’s twitter site: 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.

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