We were starting to wonder if Android phones featuring the Sense UI would receive the Android 1.6 update and it appears the answer is no. However, don’t worry because HTC has decided to jump straight to Android 2.0 and is already hard at work on the pending update. Check out this email that came from HTC customer support.
The Hero will not be receiving the Android 1.6 upgrade, it will however get the 2.0 one. Do note however that we do not have a confirmed release date for this upgrade, all I can recommend at the moment is that you keep yourself updated by visiting our website regularly as the latest information will be available to view from there.
The same message was again confirmed on HTC’s Twitter account.
It is nice to see that Android 2.0 (Eclair) will be making its way to the Hero, but I think this highlights one of the downfalls with custom Android UIs. Instead of being able to easily roll out Android updates as Google releases them, HTC has to retool the Sense UI to be compatible. This means that Android phones with Sense UI might not receive minor updates as HTC chooses to focus on major updates instead.
It looks like Android phones with Motoblur will likely face the same problem. The Motorola Cliq is shipping with Android 1.5, even though T-Mobile has already updated their other phones to Android 1.6.
I’m starting to like the stock Google experience phones more and more.