Wow, did this day finally come? After months and months of waiting, and after seeing Samsung Moment get its update today, we have gotten word from AndroidCentral that there is a leak of the official Android 2.1 update for the Sprint HTC Hero available to download.

Judging from initial reports, this is the real deal.

allanon80 from AndroidCentral even posted this:

Ok guys just got off the phone with Sprint. THis is the official release they have just not put it up on Sprint yet. Sprint got the release just at about the same time as the leak. The Advance Tech support actually sent me to this site for the release since it is not at Sprint yet. Those that were wondering if this is the release it is...Sprint it seems is just slower than the rest of the country.

Download The Update

If you are sick of waiting and want to try it right now, you can download the 121MB update from right here and install it using a Windows computer.

The download is signed and bears the name RUU_Hero_C_Sprint_2.27.651.5_R_signed_release.exe.

Note for rooted users: remember, this will remove the root, at least until someone figures it out for this 2.1 release.

Has it worked for you? What is there and what is missing? How close is this release to the 2.1 ROM that I've had on my Hero for the last month and reviewed extensively here?

Share your experience in the comments and help out your fellow Hero users.