Android 2.1 for HTC Hero officially being rolled out

The day has finally come! HTC Hero owners in Europe are now able to update their handsets to Android 2.1. The update is currently being rolled out OTA if you have a sim-free device (carrier handset will get it in the coming hours/days) but you can already download the ROM from several location around the web (but don’t flash it on your phone, it has only been made available for development purposes).

Source: XDA-Devs here & here & coolsmarphone

No Android 2.2 for the Sprint HTC Hero and Samsung Moment

Sprint has just announced via Twitter that the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment won’t get an Android 2.2 unlike the HTC EVO 4G which is expected to get soon. So….Android isn’t fragmented..right Google?

Source: Twitter

Sprint HTC Hero Android 2.1 update officially available

Saterday’s Android 2.1 leaked ROM for Sprin’t HTC Herois now officially available on Sprin’t support site. Assuming you didn’t already flash the leaked version here’s your chance to finaly get a taste of Android”s latest and greatest features:

Software – 2.27.651.5
Firmware – 2.1 Eclair 5/19/2010 This update includes:
- Upgraded operating system to Android 2.1 Eclair
- Enhancements to sense user interface (UI)
- Enhanced corporate email support
- Variety of minor bug fixes

Head over here to download it.

Android 2.1 for the Sprint HTC Hero leaked


If you currently own a Sprint HTC Hero and can’t wait for the official Android 2.1 update (supposedly coming this summer) then today is your lucky day. A leaked Android 2.1 build for the Sprint HTC Hero has leaked a few hours ago for you to try it out if you are brave enough. You can download it here (RUU_Hero_C_Sprint_2.27.651.5_R_signed_release.exe)

Source: androidcentral

Android 2.1 for the HTC Hero on April 26th in Taïwan

Accodring to HTC’s official account on PLURK (the Taïwanese/Chinese Twitter-like service) the Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero will be availalbe on April 26th in Taïwan. Unfortunitely we still don’t have any set date for the worldwide availability other than Q2 2010.

Source: HTC via Engadget

MultiTouch enabled HTC Sense UI coming to Android ?

Here’s an interesting video showing a multitouch enabled Sense 2.1 homsecreen on an HTC Hero:

The pinch-to-zoom gesture can be useful when you want to quickly jump from one widget to another.

Source: YouTube via Pocketnow

HTC Droid Eris soucre code released

Android developers should be happy to know that HTC has just released the source code for the HTC Droid Eris. HTC has also made available the source of the HTC Hero (Sprint version) and HTC Tattoo a couple of days ago.

Droid Eris by HTC (Verizon) 63.7 MB 2010/02/01 Download
HTC Tattoo Kernel Source Code 71.4 MB 2010/01/22 Download
HTC Hero (Sprint) Kernel Source Code 49.7 MB 2010/01/22 Download
HTC Hero Kernel Source Code 49.6 MB 2009/10/22 Download
HTC Magic Kernel Source Code 49.5 MB 2009/07/30 Download
HTC Dream Kernel Source Code 49.7 MB 2009/07/30 Download
HTC Proprietary Binaries for ADP1 188 KB 2009/07/30 Download

HTC’s developer website can be found here

Is the MyTouch2 aka MyTouch Slide the HTC Espresso ?

The HTC Espresso was at first rumored to be an HTC Hero with a sliding-keyboard, it was then thought that Espresso was maybe only the name of the new updated Sense UI on Android. Now it looks like it is indeed a new Android smartphone with a sliding keyboard according to the picture posted over at DroidDevelopers. Strangley the screen looks kinda small and the reflection suggest that it’s resistive instead of capacitive. It is apprently called the MyTouch2 or MyTouch Slide (headed to T-Mobile US).

Source: DroidDevelopers

HTC Espresso Sense UI leaked, shown running on the HTC Hero

The HTC Espersso (Rosie) UI with talked about a few days ago has finally been leaked to the net. Below you’ll see a video of HTC‘s latest Android 2.1 Sense UI running on the HTC Hero:

You can grab the Espresso dump here

Source: AndroidSpin & Youtube

HTC Espresso Rosie / Sense UI screenshots

It’s still not know what exactly is the HTC Espresso (an HTC Hero with a sliding-keyboard? ) but it looks like the device’s ROM has already been dumped and ported to the Hero. Here are a few screenshots of the latest version of the Sense UI on Android.

Source: HTCPedia

Sprint’s HTC Hero & Samsung Moment will get Android 2.1 update not 2.0!

Android 2.1 htc hero
Remember a few days ago Sprint announced via Twitter that the HTC HEro and the Samsung Moment will receive an Android 2.0 update in early 2010. Well it looks like theyr wrong and in a good way! HTC just announced (via Twitter again..) that Sprint‘s HTC Hero will will getting an update to Android 2.1.

Anybody notice the clarification from @sprint? Hero on Sprint will not be getting 2.0…it will get 2.1 :)

Update: the Samsung Moment will also get Android 2.1:

Slight clarification on Android OS updates for the HTC Hero & Samsung Moment. Will be updating straight to Android 2.1, not 2.0, in 1H2010.

Source: HTC & Sprint

Higher resolution HTC Legend render

Nothing really new here just a higher resolution render of the HTC Hero successor the HTC Legend. The highlight is obviously the replacement of the trackball by an optical touch sensor (like on the Omnia, Xperia X1/2 etc) and the higher clocked chipset (MSM7227 which is basically the same old thing as the MSM7201 unfortunately).


Sprint announces Android 2.0 update for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment

Here’s ome good news for the weekend. Sprint announced last night via Twitter that their HTC Hero and Samsung Moment device were going to receive an Android 2.0 upgrade early next year:

Happy to announce Android 2.0 is coming to Sprint’s Hero & Moment. Date TBD, but roughly 1H 2010.

Source: Sprint

Opera Mobile 10 on Android video

Opera Mobile 10 Android
Opera is announcing today that Opera Mobile 10 is now available on nearly all mobile platforms. The browser is now runnning on Windows Mobile, Android, Brew, Symbian S60. The downside is that OM 10 will not be availalbe to the conumer but will be licensed to OEMs only. In the video below you’ll be able to see for the first time Opera Mobile 10 running the Android platform:

Opera Mobile™ is the leading Web browser for the market’s most sophisticated mobile feature phones and smartphones. Opera Mobile is the proven solution for mobile Web browsing with shipped installations for leading OEMs and operators worldwide, such as T-Mobile, Samsung, Motorola and HTC. Opera Mobile is cross platform, enables the most compelling Web services and applications and offers a superlative mobile Internet experience

Opera Mobile offers

  • A true Web experience optimized for mobile phones
  • The ability to offer Web applications right on the idle screen
  • The full richness of Web 2.0 services using AJAX
  • Blazing speed with Opera Turbo
  • Ability to offer Opera Widgets
  • A proven product with focus on innovation, quality and user experience
  • A single reference UI to deploy to any phone

Source: Opera

HTC Espresso is an HTC Hero with a sliding keyboard ?

HTC Espresso
File this under the rumor category: According to the info above found by the HTC Espresso (a code name found is the latest HTC Android roms) is a an HTC Hero with a sliding keyboard. As you can see it sports similar specs (the same screen resolution, same CPU etc..). If it is indeed true the Espresso would be HTC second Qwerty Android device (the first being the HTC G1/Dream).


HTC Droid Eris to receive newer Android version update and Google Navigation

Droid Eris
According to HTC the Verizon Droid Eris is going to updated to a newer version of Android and Google Navigation early next year. It remains to be seen if this is going to be Android 2.0 or something else. Now that Google Navigation is out on Android 1.6 it is possible that the Droid Eris will only get a newer 1.6 build. But Android 2.0 or higher is still a possibility now that we know that Android 2.1 ROMs are already out in the wild for the HTC Hero.

Droid Eris is getting an update to a newer version of Android early next year. Google Navigation support is coming your way ;)

Source: HTC

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero leaked

Android 2.1 htc hero
Looks like HTC is getting ready to skip Android 2.0 and got straight for 2.1. A bootleg Android 2.1 ROM compatible with the HTC Hero has been posted on XDA today:

HERO 2.1
Here you go guys!

- Sync fixed
- Added extended apns list

- Rooted
- Facebook app added
- Wireless Tether added
- Amazon MP3 added
- Sync is broke atm – Working on it

Rapdishare mirror


HOW-TO Install
1. Do a nandroid backup (DONT FORGET)
2. Flash this new radio (link)
3. Perform a wipe (IMPORTANT)
4. Flash it
5. Have fun!

Head over here to grab all the files

Source: XDA

Sprint HTC Hero software update 1.56.651.2 available

A software update (1.56.651.2) has been made avaible to Srpint HTC Hero user a few hours. To initiate the OTA update go to Settings-> About Phone -> System updates -> Firmware update.

Feature Updates and Enhancements

HTC Hero Software Enhancement SW 1.56.651.2 provides feature updates and enhancements to address the following:
• Improvement to camera picture quality
• DST (Daylight Savings Time) issue addressed
• Unable to receive SMS due to full memory
• Memory leak when Bluetooth is in connecting state
• 3.5mm mono when not using headset with mic
• Dialer application causing excess battery draw

Important note: Dedicated Mute/Speaker buttons have been added to the Talk screen

Verification of updates:
To verify the customer has the updated build after the update:
1. Press Menu, Tap Settings
2. Flick Up, Tap About Phone
3. Scroll up and check Software version: After update 1.56.651.2

OTA updates are the way to go!

Source: Sprint

HTC Droid Eris reviewed

HTC Droid Eris review
The fanboys over at Gizmodo just posted a short review of Verizon‘s HTC Droid Eris. Don’t expect anything really bad to be said given that it’s still the HTC Hero underneath (and it’s not Windows Mobileremember). The Hero is still the best Android device IMO, thanks to the Sense UI and cheap price. The Motorola Droid is obviously higher spec’d but HTC’s Sense UI really makes the difference IMO. Don’t forget that the Hero/Droid Eris will also be upgraded to Android 2.0 in a few weeks/months.

I’ve already covered HTC’s Sense UI in depth, and it is the exact same on the Eris. It runs just as fast as the Sprint Hero, if not a teeny bit quicker. I will say that after using Android 2.0, it does feel like a step backward in some ways, mostly because of the single Google account limitation. But HTC’s confirmed Android 2.0 is coming, so it won’t be an issue for every long.

Source: Gizmodo