Android 2.1, which launched with the Google Nexus One, looks set to become available as a firmware upgrade for the HTC Hero in March. The update to 2.0 (codenamed Éclair), has already been dropped to developers with its SDK, so that they can get to grips with its capabilities prior to launch.
Once it lands in the UK, HTC Hero owners will be able to upgrade to the new OS from the 1.5 and 1.6 versions that the deserving T3 Gadget of the Year 2009 was boxed with. This will gift access (once Google brings it over from the US) to completely free turn-by-turn satnav guidance, amongst a host of other features including voice-activated texting and an advanced Gmail app.
If you’re a bit confused as to the way the android updates and their cakey names work, here’s a brief rundown:
Update to 1.5 – 30th April 2009 (Cupcake)
Update to 1.6 – 15th September 2009 (Donut)
Update to 2.0 – 26th October 2009 (Éclair)
Update to 2.1 – TBA March 2010 in the UK (Éclair)
We’ll let you know when your Hero can be upgraded, but those on T-Mobile (which calls the Hero the G2) might have to wait, as the operator likes to slightly tweak any update it runs to make it feel bespoke.
Link: Via Know You Mobile