If you happened to pick up an HTC Hero from Europe before the Australian launch last year, you may have noticed that HTC have made the update to Android 2.1 available. If you bought one from Australia though, you're going to have to wait a little bit longer.
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It appears some people are still using Plurk, that Twitter rival from a couple of years ago. HTC is one of them, with their corporate account confirming that GSM HTC Heros will be getting the Android 2.1 update today. This comes after HTC pushed the update out to CDMA Heros the other week, with Sprint customers getting lucky on May 19th.
Yesterday we brought the good news to Hero owners that Sprint was pushing out the Android 2.1 firmware update - but before you press yes on that update, make sure you back up all your data.
Sprint has gifted its HTC Hero owners the long-awaited Android 2.1 update, seven months after the first screenshots of a Hero running the faster, snazzier version showed up.
2009 has been a pretty amazing year for the discerning gadget lover. From Microsoft finally fixing the disaster that was Vista with Windows 7, to the surge of Android handsets, DSLRs that shoot HD video and the arrival of some pretty decent video on demand services, 2009 has had plenty to keep a gadget writer busy. Here are my favourite gadget moments over the past 12 months.
That HTC Legend handset from the leaked roadmap we saw the other week has just been given another airing in public, with the Hero-esque aesthetics and specs revealed. LED flash, anyone?
Last week, while watching an extremely disappointing movie on Blu-ray which won't be named for fear of inadvertantly promoting it, my receiver switched off on its own, naturally at the film's climax. At first I thought it had just overheated, but after a bit of playing around, I discovered that one or more of the speaker cables had short circuited. So my weekend will be spent replacing those cables - Joy! Oh, I'll also be playing with the new HTC Tattoo and HTC Hero Android phones.
Yesterday afternoon, the folks at HTC finally announced the Aussie release of the HTC Hero and HTC Tattoo. The good news? They're being sold unlocked through Harvey Norman for $799 and $599 respectively. The bad news? That means you'll have to find your own contract with a data plan, which isn't necessarily the easiest thing in the world.
Not exactly sure when the two phones will be hitting shelves, or which networks they'll be on yet, but HTC sent me an invite yesterday to the launch of the Hero and the Tattoo Android phones next Wednesday, November 18. Considering it's been four months since I had a preview of the Hero, it's good to know that the handset will actually be here before the year's out.
I don't read Chinese, nor do I own an HTC Magic. But it looks like the promised Sense UI ROM update for the HTC Magic has been made available on the HTC Taiwan site. If you own a Magic and are game to have a play around with the ROM on your phone based solely on a website in Chinese, let us know whether or not the update works...
Take the most daring Android phone yet, but make it faster, stronger and better (but blander). You have the Sprint take on the HTC Hero, which happens to be the best Android phone you can buy.
Would-be Hero buyers, look at the bright side: HTC will have ironed out most of the problems with the original. Like the slowness! Which you can now murder, to death, with an update.
Well, this changes things. Right after it came out, Matt called the HTC Hero "tragically flawed." Why? Because the otherwise fantastic Sense UI was slooooow. HTC, presumably run by competent, rational human beings, has fixed this.