The HTC Hero Android 2.1 update (which we previewed in full here) drama can now probably get its own reality show - every week we get a leak or a "source" that promises the update "for sure this time" and then the week goes by - and nothing happens.
The recent May 7th rumor was getting so old and repetitive, we didn't even consider it report-worthy, and now a Sprint community employee has indicated it indeed had no merit.
SarahHS, an official Sprint Community Admin (Sprint Community is Sprint's official forum) closed a thread that posted those same "leaked" Best Buy screenshots that promised the update on the 7th with:
Closing this thread because I don't want folks to think that 2.1 is coming out on the 7th.
damageless and TrevE, the developers behind the DamageControl ROM which brings Android 2.1 to Sprint HTC Hero CDMA, have been silently working on a new version of the ROM for the last few weeks.
Yesterday night, the world saw the newly updated ROM v2.08 finally go live with the following changelog:
- New DConfig tweaker tool
- Theme Server
- New beefed up apps2sd. If any errors are encountered post /data/dcboot.log
- Scheduler tweaks
- Working Friendsync
- Gallery3d fully working
- Newer XDA keyboard
- Fixed sprint NFL
- Optimized Even more/Cleaned up directories
- Connection tweaks
- Fixed Facebook sync
- Ring delay fixes
- More dalvik tweaks
- Potential audio fix & battery life fix
**First boot will take awhile if upgrading.
We are all tired of waiting for Android 2.1 to finally officially land on the HTC Hero, or even get a definite day announced by anyone official.
Speculations after speculations that started back in November kept predicting new dates after dates for an upgrade, starting from January to pretty much every week of April, and now May.
In light of these "rumors", we found a new rumor of that we wanted to share, with smiles on our faces.
This was drawn by a 4 year old kid of VoXPCS on Sprint.com forums:
I am writing this from the floor where I fell laughing when I saw the drawing. Read More
An internal Sprint memo has surfaced showing a new early May release date for both HTC Hero and Samsung Moment Android phones, jonathan76888 on AndroidForums found out.
The memo looks quite legitimate and this time actually lists 2.1 as the update target, compared to the one from 3 weeks ago that referenced a "maintenance release" and promised an April 9th date (followed by rumors of April 16th, all false).
The wait is almost over, guys. In the meantime, I have flashed my Hero with the 2.1 firmware leaked recently and have a very detailed post with all new features and a ton of screenshots coming up in the pipeline. Read More