Oh dear. HTC delays Android 2.1 Hero update to June

  • April 21, 2010

This is going to get ugly. HTC has apparently confirmed with TechRadar that European HTC Hero owners will not see the mythical Android 2.1 update until June. Yes, you read that right, another TWO months wait. This is the statement they received from HTC:

“HTC will be providing a free update to Éclair for European HTC Hero variants. Starting in June, anyone owning an HTC Hero will receive an initial preparatory update, shortly followed by the full Éclair update. For the full update, we would recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan, otherwise standard data charges may apply.”

Ouch. Obviously, as we already bought the handset, we are no longer deemed a priority by the company. That’s the only conclusion I can come to. The statement also reads “starting from June” that means the company will only barely stick to its H1 2010 timeline for the update.

This news came about in a Google press conference this morning to announce Google Maps Navigation in the UK. Google confirmed that Navigation won’t be hitting the HTC Hero until June, which prompted the statement from HTC.

If this news turns out to be true, I am quite shocked. I always felt (and still do) that we should be grateful for such a substantive upgrade, but the way the whole process has been communicated is of the lowest grade. More than anything, HTC will lose the trust of a lot of consumers who will think twice about choosing an HTC phone the next time around.…

HTC Hero Android 2.1 update schedule leaked?

  • March 17, 2010

I think we’ve all accepted that the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero handsets is not landing this month. April is looking more likely as per our last post and that rumor seems to be gaining ground.

A member of the xda-developers forum called yrreP has posted what he says is the Android 2.1 update schedule for HTC Hero handsets. He claims he was privy to this information from an “email at work”, although doesn’t say exactly where that is. Either way, I don’t see any reason why he’d be lying.

The schedule points to the fact that HTC Hero sim-free handsets will get the update on 2nd April, with T-Mobile UK/Germany and Orange updates coming on the 16th April. If true, it means the mobile operators have minimized the release gap, something that both operators were criticized over last time around.

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This seems to be a European schedule only, so no word on when Sprint users will be getting it, but hopefully, it won’t be too far after. You can check out the list in full after the cut.

HTC Hero Android 2.1 Update Schedule

HTC EU (Nordic/Greek/RUS/UKR/SA) 2010/4/2

TMO – UK TMO 2010/4/16

UK/ES Orange 2010/4/16

TMO – DE TMO 2010/4/16

SFR signature Orange 2010/4/22

ZA(Vodacom) HTC 2010/4/22

H3G UK H3G 2010/4/22

HTC BE HTC 2010/5/4

HTC TUR HTC 2010/5/4

TMO – PL TMO 2010/5/10

TMO – HU TMO 2010/5/10

TMO – MK TMO 2010/5/…

Mugen Power 1550mAh / 3200mAh HTC Hero Battery Review

  • February 14, 2010

One of the most common niggles I hear about the HTC Hero is its weak battery life. To be fair, the Hero isn’t the only phone to suffer from this. As smartphones have got more powerful and connect to the Internet, there’s no surprise to see battery life taking a hit.

A number of third-party battery manufacturers have sprung up to cater to this growing market. One of the most prominent (and the only one I really trust) is a company called Mugen Power. It provides batteries of different capacities for pretty much most phones on the market today. They were kind enough to send over two HTC Hero batteries for us to test out. This included the 1550mAh and 3200mAh capacity batteries. Click through for our review of both batteries.

Mugen Power 3200mAh HTC Hero battery

Taking each in turn, we first look at the larger capacity 3200mAh battery. The battery arrived with a white and black cover (the latter included in some bubble wrap). There was also some paperwork that should be read before using the battery. It suggests that you need to charge the battery for 12 hours for the first time.…