The long, way too long, wait for HTC GSM Hero users should be over soon. HTC Taiwan announced the release of 2.1 for this phone via their Plurk account. So… it should start today. The CDMA version got the update just a couple of weeks ago but HTC has been pushing and pushing the GSM update, the last time we mentioned it was to announce a possible March released.
On June 4, 2010 to open up the wireless software update, the main update function as follows: Android 2.1 operating system upgrade!
System will continue to send updates prompt, when you receive a system prompt as long as you can by clicking Download or wireless network connection 3G/GPRS way to complete your phone system updates. Note: We recommend you to choose to have free Wi-Fi environment, download the update. If you are currently using 3G network, the download may have to pay the additional cost carriers, please make sure to have unlimited Internet access rates apply for rentals before use.
This is a great news for all the Hero users obviously but also for the Android platform because the HTC Hero was one of the last popular handset still with 1.5. We should see a noticeable change the next time Google releases their fragmentation report because the Hero has been a great success in Europe and Asia.
Now, what about 2.2? Anyone care to bet how long it would take for HTC to release it?
Via HTC Source.
Update: If you want to install it now, it is available from Modaco in different flavours, including a rooted version.