While Android fans in the U.S. are lining up outside Sprint stores to get the shiny new HTC EVO 4G, GSM HTC Hero owners are finally getting a taste of Android 2.1. Late last night, we broke the news that HTC announced an Android 2.1 OTA upgrade for the GSM HTC Hero that would be launching today. We know that many of you were taking the “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude since HTC has been promising the Hero update for months now, but we’re happy to tell you it has finally arrived!
For now, it looks like the HTC Hero Android 2.1 upgrade is making its initial roll-out to handsets in Taiwan. Early this morning, HTC posted up details about the OTA on their Taiwan support page. The software upgrade to Android 2.1 will make its initial debut on GSM HTC Hero phone with the 2.73.751.13 software build. Once the update is complete, handset owners will be updated to 3.31.751.1 which is HTC’s Android 2.1 build with HTC Sense.
We have yet to hear of any confirmed reports that the OTA is actually being rolled out, but MoDaCo and XDA-Developers seem to have gotten their greasy fingers on the official build already. The ROM hackers have been at work all night and have already been able to cook up rooted versions of the official Android 2.1 build.
I have spent the last hour browsing through the HTC Hero’s support pages for a few dozen other countries. Currently there is no sign that the Android 2.1 update will be rolling today in any other markets besides Taiwan. But the fact that HTC has started the rollout can finally give HTC Hero some piece of mind. Sit back, relax, and keep checking your phone for software updates (menu > settings > about phone > system updates). Your Android 2.1 update should hopefully be coming any day now.