HTC Hero Gets Long-Awaited Update to Android 2.1

If you’re a Sprint customer with an HTC Hero, you’re living inside a city of aging Android ruins, a forgotten place called Cupcake. Lucky for you HTC just released a time machine in the form of the official update to Android 2.1 for HTC Hero smart phones.

That means several features exclusive to newer Android devices like the Google Nexus One are now ready to be experienced on the 3.2-inch display of the Hero including free Google Navigation, live wallpapers, voice search, and other goodies.

Android 2.1 is known to be a bit faster than previous Android versions but any speed gains may be nulled by the Hero’s 528-Mhz processor, a slow-poke compared to the 1-Ghz Snapdragon CPU found in the Nexus One.  Still, free navigation and eye-catching home screen home animations aren’t perks to complain about, even with the impending obsolescence brought by Android 2.2’s  expected announcement later this week.

Visit HTC for instructions on installing Android 2.1 unto your device.

Hat Tip: Engadget

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  1. David Says:

    If you would have checked all the video reviews on Hero with 2.1, you would know that there are rather big speed gains all around witht his firmware. After all, 528-Mhz is the processor power most smartphones currently still use and we know what iPhones and the like are capable off. Indeed, no nexus one, but a huge improvement, yes.

  2. Duncan Leung Says:

    Unfortunately European versions of the HTC Hero will have to wait it out- and this update only applies to Sprint Hero owners.

  3. Jessica Says:

    I have recently downloaded the android 2.1 OS and there are no live wallpapers… none at all… I’m Tired of all of sprints bull shit and lying… I was told by a rep that there was going to be live wallpapers… the only thing different is the icons on the phone!!! I love how simple phones like the LG Rumor can get screensavers… but smart phones like the all amazing android phone… CANT GET IT!!! thats BULLSHIT!!!

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