HTC Hero: 2.1 Android Update Release Date – End of April

By Alan Ng - Apr 15, 2010

We know that a lot of HTC Hero owners have been getting rather frustrated recently, especially when we informed you last week that the 2.1 Android update may be landing tomorrow.

As Phandroid reports though, HTC has issued an statement to customers, stating that the long awaited update is due to land at the end of this month.

Furthermore, HTC say that the update will happen OTA, and then customers should be receiving a ‘pop-up’ message when the phone is ready to update and you’re connected to the internet.

Great news then, right? Let us know your thoughts on this. At least HTC has come out and issued an update to customers, so we all know what the situation is.

We’ll let you know once the update goes live.

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Also See: HTC Hero and Desire: Android Eclair and Froyo Updates on TELUS

  • briguy

    OK, I purchased my HTC hero under the same pretense that Sprint would be offering the 2.1 upgrade in February. For my first android phone I found the software available to it free to be awesome. There is a great following and knowledgeable people who publish applications for it. The operating system 1.5 is not a bad OS. There are many bugs that the 2.1 OS fixes. One such fix that I am in dire need of for work is the activesync process to work with Exchange systems. Currently, that is the only thing on it I can't get to work.

    I do agree with the majority of the users here that if a company is going to publicize something as big as an OS update 1.5 – 2.1 for a specific date they should live up to it. Many people have purchased this phone and many others with the hopes that the known issues will be fixed relatively quick only to wind up in despair. If it does not come out then this will have wound up being nothing more than a marketing ploy to generate more sales before they EOL the phone production.

    Something to think on…

  • S@r@h

    Getting a bit cheesed off 1st said feb then said april 17th not end on april next it will say may then june etc we might get it for christmas lol

  • Andy

    Dear me everyone calm down calm down, had my phone 2 weeks, love it but yes i am looking forward to update it as the 2.1 looks great, I don't think its HTC thats at fault as other people seem to be posting when it's coming out rather than the main company but i'm sure it will all be worth it when it arries, ya can always sell it and get a desire or nex 1

  • torbjørn

    I have been waiting forever because HTC have sait it should come with 2.1 to hero. If they said how long this would take and move the release date forward i would have been returning my phone when i still could and instead bought a nexus one. I hate my 1,5 hero!

  • torbjørn

    I have been waiting forever because HTC have sait it should come with 2.1 to hero. If they said how long this would take and move the release date forward i would have been returning my phone when i still could and instead bought a nexus one. I hate my 1,5 hero!

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  • Malcolm J

    I’ve only had the Hero for a couple of weeks and really want to get to grip with it but don’t want to do too much till the update to 2.1.

    Come on, get a grip some we keep getting our hopes up, get readt to connect then no update ;o)

    Pleeeese let us have it

  • tuk

    Marck and W. Addle: word!

  • W.Addle

    And the arm-chair slandering begins. First off, HTC are providing a FREE upgrade to 2.1 for Hero users, who already have a working phone. This update isn't a requirement to keep the phone operational, HTC are doing it to keep people with this phone upto date.

    Secondly. Rushing anything to the market can result in all sorts of problems, not to mention bricking the phone, loosing data etc.

    It's easy to sit back and complain that its taken longeer than usual for HTC to get the update out to the market while overlooking the fact that they didn't have to do this update to begin with.

    As an owner of the Hero i'm really pleased that i'll be able to use some of the features offered in 2.1 that I can't in 1.5. I'll gladly buy another HTC phone when the contract on this one expires.

    • Matt

      Bugfixes are long overdue though. I bought my hero knowing I would get android 2.0+, I wouldn’t have if I knew it would be coming this much later than initially promised.

  • Marck

    Grow up, people. You bought the phone(s) knowing full well it was running Android 1.5. HTC are NOT (despite people's opinions) obliged to update the OS on the Hero. The fact they have spent time and money ensuring exsiting Hero users will sample the 2.1 flavour of the OS is evidence of their concern for their existing customer base. 2.1 is not going to give you a "new" phone experience…it is what it is – an update to the OS. If you liked the phone enough to buy it stop whining about the update being put back. I would rather they do that and get it right and get the upgrade rather than get it and it make the phone worse or not get it at all. And as for comparing HTC to the likes of Microsoft……come on…!

    • Tariq

      We have a right to complain when they promise something and then don't deliver or keep delaying it.

    • Hub

      so you don’t think that promising to upgrade the o/s on old phones isn’t a nice PR move for people planning to buy newer models.

      If any potential new HTC customers are expecting upgrades in the future for the newer models coming out now, maybe they should sit back and see how this pans out first. To be fair it probably will happen, but maybe wait and see first…

  • Hub

    So HTC ever agreeing to upgrade android on old phones had nothing to do with wanting closer ties with Google regarding the nexus? I bet they promised all sorts of crap they had no real intention of doing to win that contract

    HTC are just a bad joke and more fool any of us who fall for them again

  • Sairhe

    Stop Complaining they will get it out as soon as they can. Least they are willing to update it unlike phones in the past. Have some patience.

  • sickofit

    getting sick and tired of waiting. set a date and abide by it. starting to look like microsoft.

  • DontBelieve

    I'll believe when I see it……