Excellent news, fellow HTC Hero owners. Just yesterday there was speculation that HTC may be skipping the Android 1.6 (Donut) update and heading straight to version 2.0 (Éclair). HTC has now confirmed that they are doing exactly that.
“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,” the company said via its official Twitter feed.
This new Android firmware is expected to hit all types of HTC Hero (European & Sprint). I’m just hoping that the same applies to wireless carrier branded handsets including the T-Mobile G2 Touch. After all, the last HTC software ROM update took significantly longer to hit the G2 Touch than it did unbranded handsets.
No details were given on its availability but it’s great to know that we are getting it (sometime soon I hope!) If you need reminding on exactly which new features you’ll get with Éclair then check out our previous post here. This release will also get a killer-app in the form of Google Maps Navigation that was announced yesterday. It’s likely to mean bad news for dedicated satnav companies and it’s worth highlighting that shares of TomTom & Garmin were off around 20 percent yesterday following this news!