HTC Hero Android 2.1


Many of you are complaining about Android 2.1, even though Sprint is well within the promised June timeline.

I understand - it's frustrating to see phone by phone get upgraded with your Hero sitting on the sidelines, ever since its release last October.

I know how you feel but the truth is, we don't know whose fault it is.

Maybe it's Sprint's evil plan for everyone to buy more EVO 4Gs.

Maybe it's HTC's evil plan for everyone to buy more EVO 4Gs.

Maybe it's HTC's development/testing problems that have left Sprint powerless in this situation.

Maybe. We just don't know. We will keep complaining and voicing our concerns.


Instead, Do Something About It

But today I want you to think outside the box and do something about it. Consider an alternative. It may be something you've never considered or even knew existed. But it's real and it can become real for you too, just like it did for me.

I am talking about installing a custom ROM on your Hero.

It's an OS upgrade that runs Android 2.1.

It's an OS upgrade that has Google Navigation, with voice prompts.

It's an OS upgrade that gives you speech-to-text in every text field.

It's an OS upgrade that is so much faster than 1.5 ever was, that you will feel like you're using a Nexus One (OK, maybe not THAT fast, but it's still way faster and more responsive).

It's an OS upgrade that has a phone dialer app that does not freeze and hang on you and lets you use your Hero as a... well... phone.

It's an OS upgrade that lets you edit your custom dictionary.

It's an OS upgrade that lets you finally use bluetooth APIs and have programs turn Bluetooth on and off, or use Bluetooth tethering (like in PDANet).

It's an OS upgrade you don't have to wait for your carrier to release.

It's an OS upgrade that is going to be updated more often than Sprint could ever dream about, and has developers who actually listen to your feedback.

It's an OS upgrade that hands your Hero back to you as you've never seen it before - shiny, new, and fast.

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It's Not Scary

Really, it's not that scary and it's been successfully installed by thousands of people.

You have to wipe once - yes, but all subsequent updates are installed on top without wiping.

Did I mention that 2.1 is MUCH faster on my Hero than 1.5 ever was? Oh yeah, did I mention that I reviewed pretty much every new feature in 2.1 on the Hero?

I didn't?

Oh, well here you go then: Detailed Mega Review Of Android 2.1 On Our HTC Hero – Discover All The New Features (With Lots Of Screenshots)

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Educate Yourself

Now, before you get too confused with the terminology, why not go for some education?

Don't be afraid - you can back up your exact phone state and restore to it if you don't like 2.1 or want to upgrade using Sprint's method when it does come out: [Complete Guide] How To Fully Back Up And Restore Your Android Phone Using Nandroid Backup


Upgrade To 2.1 Yourself

And finally, just upgrade to 2.1 already: [Complete Guide] How To Flash A Custom ROM To Your Android Phone With ROM Manager + Full Backup & Restore

I've written or had a lot to do with all these tutorials, and tried to make everything as clear as possible.

If you find them useful, then I did my job. Otherwise, please contribute some constructive criticism.

Now go get your 2.1 and enjoy it, like I've been for the last month.

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Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Arellias

    Does this work with all carriers? I have Cellular South and they claim things like this will interrupt communication to the network.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      These are dependent on the carrier - for example the ROM I am using is strictly for CDMA Sprint Hero but there are other ones supported, such as GSM (European) Hero.

      Unfortunately for you, I don't think a regional carrier like Cellular South is supported though - by the looks of it and by a few quick searches I've done, it's not. All you can do is wait.

      This points, yet again, to HTC and not Sprint, or any other carrier being the problem in delaying the release.

  • http://www.stoopad.com Dustin

    I upgraded to a custom 2.1 ROM over the weekend (damagecontrol 2.08.1). It was awesome until I started experiencing the audio cut out problem that apparently many 2.1 ROMs have. Needless to say, I rolled back to my 1.5 nandroid back just a little while ago. I was bummed because 2.1 was fast and I had access to some great app upgrades. The audio problem is a big deal though. I don't want to have to reboot every time it happens.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Dustin, I don't have an audio problem - that sucks that you're having trouble. You could try the to see if you have better luck.

      • http://www.stoopad.com Dustin

        Artem - I loaded Fresh 2.0d today and so far I haven't had the same audio issue I had on DC 2.08.1. I'll probably keep it on for a couple of days and see how it goes. So far, so good. I was going to load that on Sunday but then I figured I'd have to deal with the same issues I was having on DC, so I didn't bother. Your suggestion made me re-think my options. :)

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Very glad it worked out for you, Dustin!

        • http://www.stoopad.com Dustin

          My first 24 hours on DC 2.08.1 seemed to be OK ... and then I started having issues on the 2nd and 3rd day. Anyway, I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I have better luck this time around with this Fresh ROM.

        • http://www.stoopad.com Dustin

          Bad news - my Fresh 2.0d install also had the same audio cut-out problems that the DC 2.08.1 ROM did. I rolled back to 1.5 again after trying a few of the audio fixes from that ROM. Oh well, I'll just stand by for the official release. It would decide to cut out on me at the most inconvenient times.

          Bummer! At least I know 1.5 is stable. :)

  • http://www.stoopad.com Dustin

    Artem, I may just do that. I have nothing to lose. Nandroid makes it a pleasure to restore previous backups.

  • King_Louie

    I'm running 2.1 with DamageControl on my Sprint Hero and I'm loving life. My Hero is faster, I have better battery life, and the new apps are awesome.


  • Dylan

    Since were on the subject of dc Rom Im running dc 2.07.3 and my phone randomly reboots after coming out of sleep mode plz some help me i really don't wanna go back to 1.5

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Maybe try the Fresh2.0d instead of DC? It may be more stable for you than DC.

  • http://www.halfassedproductions.com Greg

    Sprint would be stupid to delay the 2.1 release for the purpose to get more people to buy an EVO.

    Even if you bought a Hero on release day, like I did, you won't be eligible to buy a new phone until October.

  • Mark

    "An error occurred while attempting to run priviliged commands!" popped up after confirming my phone model and it tried to run flash clockworkmod recovery. (USB not in use either) I have turned the phone off and on to try again, but same result. Any help?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Mark, did you root? Sounds like ROM Manager can't get enough privileges to run what it needs to run.

      • Mark

        No, I did not. Must have missed reading that step. Thanks!

  • smirnoff

    Where can I download the rom?

  • Bo Ibbs

    So I did everything you said and my phone kept trying to boot up..its been trying for an hour and it wont work. I've been trying to reset my phone and it wont work. please help!

  • Dylan

    Dustin I'm running fresh Rom 2.0 d and had the audio problem but if Google "fresh Rom 2.0d" and click on the first site it has a patch to fix the audio I did it and no problems for almost 2 weeks now

  • http://N/a. Steve (United Kingdom)

    Hello Artem & everyone else, i love the detail and interesting comments in the feed, but could you please advise on the following: I live in the U.K. i bought an HTC Hero unlocked sim free which i updated once just after purchase.

    I see so much about all the USA carriers etc but there is never any mention about the bog standard sim free Hero's.

    So do i have to wait till any official HC updates become available or would the 2.1 update as stated here work for me? i am quite nervous that i may brick my beloved phone so any advice will be much appreciated.

    it would be great if you could perhaps include other countries applicability in your feeds.

    Many Thanks in anticipitation of your reply/ies.


    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Hey Steve,

      definitely don't use the ROM from a CDMA phone, such as Sprint, on a GSM phone, such as the one you have.

      The situation with the UK and other GSM Heroes has not been as interesting - we were told that an update for those would come sometime in June, and I haven't seen any information about it since. It simply seems that the US Hero is getting a bit more action and nudges from Sprint, so HTC has had a larger fire lit under their butts here.

      While we try to cover other countries as much as we have resources to do so, our primary focus is the US market. European and Canadian markets come second, followed in the distance by the Asian markets. It is a matter of both resources and primary target audience.

      We'll definitely try to keep you guys posted on the GSM Hero upgrade though - it is something many people have been waiting for.

      • http://N/a. Steve (United Kingdom)

        Wow Artem, thank you so much for your Nanosonic reply,i really appreciate your comments and sound advice, nice to know you will include us "Limeys" accrross the pond in the future.


  • King_Louie

    2.1 for the Sprint HTC Hero was just released???

    Check it... http://htc.ly/1n810

  • King_Louie

    Sorry my link didn't work... here is the right one