Canadian network operator TELUS has started rolling out firmware updates for two of its handsets the HTC Hero and the Desire. The Hero finally gets the long awaited update to Android 2.1 a.k.a Ã‰clair, while the Desire gets the Android 2.2 (Froyo) update. The Android 2.1 update for the Hero will bring with it Voice dialling and Google turn-by-turn Navigation and a lot more Ã‰clair goodies. Hero owners on the TELUS network can download the Android 2.1 ROM directly from HTC.
With the Android 2.2 update, the Desire gets support for Flash 10.1 and speech-to-text. Along with this, it also gets support for Mobile hotspot feature and a smoother system and web browser performance. Since this update is an OTA (Over-The-Air) one, Desire needs to wait patiently until the update is pushed to their handset.
Sprint in collaboration with HTC has rolled out OTA (Over-The-Air) updates for two of its handsets the EVO 4G and the Hero. No, the Hero OTA update is not a Froyo update. Its just a minor update which fixes some important bugs including the sluggish Dialer issue and the GPS reboot issue. The EVO 4G update fixes quite a few important bugs as well including the GPS reboot issue. This update also removes the 30FPS cap that has been plaguing all EVO 4G owners from the start.
Along with this, the multiple GMail account sync and Calendar Event edit bugs have been fixed in this update as well. A rooted and de-oxed version of this OTA update is already available for download at XDA-Developers forum. Sprint is also working on releasing a software update for the Samsung Epic 4G which will remove the 150kbps upload speed cap of the device.
It’s here! It’s finally here! The final version of CyanogenMod 6.0 has finally been released. The final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 supports many devices like the Nexus One, the Motorola Droid, the HTC EVO 4G, the Droid Incredible, the HTC Aria etcetera. The CyanogenMod 6.0 ROM is based on the Android 2.2 OS. Users can download the ROM from either the Cyanogen forums or via ROM Manager.
Other features of CM6 rom include Browser incognito mode, FLAC playback support, Ad-hoc Wi-Fi support, OpenVPN support and many more. Here is the link to the full change-log. However, the final version of the CyanogenMod 6.0 is still not yet out for some devices like the HTC Incredible, Samsung Galaxy S (Vibrant) and the HTC Hero.
Hopefully, the final version of the CM6 ROM should come out for these devices within a few days.
HTC has released a Firmware and Android 2.1 OS update for HTC Hero users in Europe. The new Android update will be available Over-The-Air (OTA).
HTC has been phasing the Android 2.1 update to users and users in US already received their updates through Sprint. Earlier this month Asian users of HTC Hero received an update and starting today HTC Hero European users in EU, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey and Belgium will start getting the Android 2.1 OTA updates.
The Android 2.1 update for Hero took quite a while, however don’t expect anything more. HTC Hero users will not be receiving a Android 2.2 Froyo as far as US users are concerned, so you might have to root your device if you want to use Froyo.
The HTC Hero got the official Android 2.1 update just a few weeks ago. Now, it seems that this will be the last Android update the Hero will get. The official Sprint account on twitter just tweeted that:
HTC EVO will be updated to Android 2.2; Samsung Moment & HTC Hero will not. Future devices launching with 2.1 will be also be updated to 2.2.
Now this tweet confirms that not only the HTC Hero, but also the Samsung Moment will not be getting the Froyo love. Only HTC EVO users can rejoice, as they will get the Android 2.2 update sooner, than later. Along with the HTC EVO, other Android phones launched in 2010 will get the Froyo upgrade soon.
Hero owners should not blame Sprint here. Sprint might be unable to provide the Android 2.2 update because HTC itself might have stopped supporting the device.
Here is some good news and bad news for Sprint customers. HTC EVO 4G is set to receive and Android 2.2 Froyo update in near future. However, the bad news is that HTC Hero and Samsung Moment will not be getting a Froyo update, from Sprint at-least.
Also any future devices which are launched with Android 2.1 will receive an Android 2.2 update too. So if you are a HTC Hero or Samsung Moment user, you can kiss goodbye to Flash 10.1 and other goodies packed in Froyo, unless of course you root your phone and install the Froyo ROM yourself.
The announcement to this effect was made by a Sprint employee on their community blog. It reads as such (emphasis added):
Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in near future
As work on finalizing the software is under way, Sprint expects to launch Android 2.2 in the near future.
Sorry for any confusion created when we initially made this announcement. HTC EVO 4G will receive the 2.2 update, Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will not. Future devices launching with 2.1 also will be updated to 2.2
With the Android 2.2 upgrade, customers can expect improvements to include the following benefits: updates to user interface, improved EAS Support, improved browser performance, including Flash 10x Support, voice dialing over Bluetooth and application storage on external memory.
So that’s about it then, Sprint has officially kicked out HTC Hero and Samsung Moment users out of their update radar. What do you think about this announcement.
HTC has released a new firmware update for HTC Hero which can be downloaded Over The Air (OTA) through Wi-Fi or a GPRS/3G connection.
However, don’t rejoice yet as this update will not bring the Android 2.1 update to Hero and will only include a Firmware over-the-air (FOTA) client update & YouTube player Update.
The new Build number after the update will be 2.73.405.93; 2.73.405.94 (Nordic) & 2.73.405.95 (Greece/ Ireland). So this means that the new updates will only be available in Nordic, Greece and Ireland.
Earlier this month HTC released an Android 2.1 update4 for Asian countries, so this update would mean that they are prepping more countries to get the Android 2.1 update.
HTC Hero device owners have been given secondary treatment for quite a while now, considering that it has received a Best Mobile Handset Award at GSMA, the updates to this device have been very slow, and now that Android 2.2 Froyo is already being released for devices like Nexus One and in future for Droid and HTC EVO, the wait to get Froyo on the Hero might turn out to be even longer.
More info: HTC Support (via XDA)
HTC has confirmed that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, and its sibling the 3G slide will get some Froyo love soon. HTC had earlier confirmed that most of their devices launched in 2010 would get the Froyo update. However, HTC did not mention anything about myTouch 3G and myTouch 3G slide handsets.
Now the company has confirmed in an official statement that the T-Mobile myTouch 3G, and the myTouch 3G slide will get the Android Froyo update soon. The company, however did not mention when the update will be released. As of now, the T-Mobile myTouch 3G runs on the Android v1.5. myTouch 3G and 3G slide users should rejoice, as they will be getting a direct update to Android Froyo (v2.2).
We hope HTC won’t delay the Froyo update, as it did for the HTC Hero. After numerous delays, the HTC Hero got its Android 2.1 update a few days ago.
Finally, the wait for the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero owners is over, but only for Asian customers for the time being. Asian owners are the first to get the update and it will be available worldwide sooner than later.
HTC Hero was stuck at the old Android 1.5 version and an update was greatly needed. There had been speculations that the Android 2.1 update will be available in early Q2, but it arrived finally at 4th June. It is believed that this Android 2.1 update will be the last that Hero will get ‘officially’.
HTC has not given any change logs for improvements via this update. This update is only for upgrading the Android version. The 2.73.751.13 version in the HTC Hero is updated to 3.31.751.1. The update can also be downloaded on the phone directly.
(Source) Site in Taiwanese
After a lot of speculations and rumors, the Android 2.1 Eclair update is now finally available for Sprint customer using HTC Hero. This update, which was originally slated to be released in April has finally made its way out in May.
Quite sometime back, we had reported about Sprint releasing an Android 2.1 update for Hero in April, however, that turned out to be false and had irked many Hero users who were stuck with an old Android OS.
However, that is a thing of the past now as HTC Hero customers can download the official update from Sprint. HTC Hero users can download the update by visiting this official Sprint firmware page.
The new update carries a software update version 2.27.651.5 and a Android 2.1 "Eclair" firmware ROM. The release also carries enhancements to the Sense User Interface and enhanced corporate email support (exchange).
The update may wipe out your current data, so it is highly advisable to backup your device before carrying out the upgrade, and finally, hope the wait was worth your while. Enjoy the best Android OS yet on your device right away.