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May 28, 2010

HTC Legend coming to Australia – Vodafone, Three

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 10:40 am
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imageAccording to the HTC Twitter account (@htc) Vodafone will be releasing the HTC Legend on 3rd June and it will also be available on Three (but no date announced for that). Good news for the Aussie market. The HTC Legend is kind of the HTC Hero 2 but sadly will only have a 600Mhz CPU (hopefully this is wrong!). Also depends on if you like the ‘chin’ that comes with this model phone.

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The Australian HTC site doesn’t have any more details other than ‘coming soon’, so head over the UK site and get your drool going. Android 2.1, AMOLED screen, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS yada yada yada.

May 20, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero released (for Sprint)

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 9:17 am
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Finally the official Android 2.1 ROM has been released for the HTC Hero – albeit for the Sprint Hero only (the US CDMA version). It can’t be long now until they release the official ROM for the GSM version of the Hero surely?

More info here: http://www.htc.com/us/support/hero-sprint/downloads/

May 11, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero – Custom ROM

Filed under: android,technology — Craig Harvey @ 8:57 pm
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Android logo After all my bitching about HTC not bringing out an official Android 2.1 ROM I finally bit the bullet and installed a custom ROM. Check out HTC Hero ROMs for a list of some of the available ones, or the excellent XDA Developers Wiki – HTC Hero section.

I had already rooted my phone long ago and was running a 1.5 custom ROM. I had not rushed into a 2.1 ROM for my phone though because I knew that the ones available were based on early versions or leak test ROMs. But they seem stable enough now.

I originally went with VillainROM 5.3 but that didn’t prove too stable for me (your mileage may vary), and in the end I installed SenseHero 2.2 which has been great.

Android Police has also been another great site full of helpful info – see their Tutorials listing to get started.

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May 4, 2010

Android 2.1 for HTC Hero – will it ever happen?

Filed under: android — Craig Harvey @ 9:52 am
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I bought an HTC Hero (GSM) early November 2009. I love the phone, it’s been good to me. But now it’s getting frustrating that I’m stuck on version 1.5 of the Android OS when phones are being released with 2.1.

One of the reasons that I bought an Android based phone was that I figured that I’d get more regular updates than a Windows phone (with their releases coming out very few years). While I’ve only been waiting 7 months… the frustration comes from the fact that there seems to be no firm release date from HTC.

A simple search using Google reveals the trail of previous articles rumours setting out release dates for February, March, April, now June! It’s at the stage where I’ll believe it when I see it…

In my opinion this has come about because of the wonderful beast that is the HTC Sense UI. This particular add on to the OS requires updating to 2.1 – but they’ve obviously done that for the HTC Desire and others, so why does it take so long for the Hero?

Hurry up already!

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