HTC Hero users across Europe are reporting that a two-part OTA update is being pushed to their devices. The first update addresses some bug fixes and system updates; but the second, OTA_Hero_HTC_WWE_3.32.405.1_R-2.73.405.93   is without a doubt the chocolate-éclair goodness Hero users have been salivating over for the past few weeks. One of our Danish readers tipped us that his hero had been updated, and was kind enough to provide us a few screenshots.

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It seems that Hero users will finally be able to join the 2.0+ club. Additionally, many users are reporting (Credit: AndroidForums, @mclemmnsn) that the update does not perform a full data wipe. This is certainly good news; as HTC's previous update for the Hero, a 1.5 overhaul, wiped out user data.

Official HTC support article:

Update – HTC Hero Android 2.1 Firmware Over The Air (FOTA) update (Second Package)
In our commitment to providing you with the best user experience, we are pushing out a new firmware update to your HTC Hero. Your phone will receive a notification of this update when it is made available. Simply press OK to accept the update via a data connection such as Wi-Fi or GPRS/3G. After installing the update, you can confirm a successful update by confirming the Firmware version (From the Home Screen go to MENU> Settings> About Phone> Firmware version). The new Firmware version will be 2.1.
Update Information: Android 2.1 Platform Upgrade
Note:Please back up your data first, and you have to upgrade your phone with the first FOTA package to be able to get the Android 2.1 FOTA upgrade. We recommend using a free Wi-Fi hotspot or an unlimited data plan to apply this update. If not, standard data connection charges may apply. For any questions, please contact us via http://www.htc.com/www/CA_Hotline.aspx

NOTE: This update does flash a new recovery image, so rooted users may want to hold off until a root-ready version of the update appears on XDA, etc.

Have you received the 2.1 OTA update on your Hero? Have any issues or success stories to report? Let us know below!

Credit: HTCHeroBlog, @mclemmnsn

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • http://blog.jir.dk Martin

    It was about time, I already own a Desire (got it from my employer) so my 2.1 cravings weren't so bad.

    It does feel a bit sluggish, I do hope that 2.2 makes its way to this device sooner or later :)

    • CoD Ownage

      htc were saying they won't be releasing a 2.2. they're just gonna give up on the hero. better start looking for a new phone. i know, i'm just as angry as you are.

  • Aland

    Greece Updating Too 34% now

  • http://flavors.me/papakyriazis Nick Papakyriazis

    Update in greece success !

  • Andre

    Successfull upgrade in Brazil!!!
    Running fine!

  • Alex

    I have the update! But my Firmware-Version is "2.1-update1". Will there be another update? I have problems with Facebook-Sync (doesn't run!) Germany

  • Mario

    Everything looks fine but not microphone to search by voice on google box :(

  • antonio

    Living in Tahiti, french polynesia and still waiting for the update

  • Joseph

    Im in singapore. I recieved the update notification like a week ago, but i was out and on low battery, is there anyway to manullay force it to start downloading again