May 19 AT 12:52 PM Sean Riley 38 Comments

Sprint Hero gets Android 2.1 uniting Sprint devices under Eclair

Hero owners I know you have waited long enough so you can feel free to skip down to the full upgrade instructions from Sprint at the bottom of the post. For the rest of us lets take a moment to celebrate the end of OS fragmentation for this CDMA segment of the Android world.

Well not the end, but a brief cessation of hostilities. It may have taken a little over 4 months to do it, but right now all Android owners on Sprint can be running Android 2.1 if they so choose. It may actually remain the lone version of Android on Sprint for the immediate future as they are only scheduled to release new devices with 2.1 as opposed to some on the GSM side that are still serving up Android 1.5 and 1.6 devices.

Verizon can nearly claim this same feat, but as Jay pointed out below the Motorola Devour is still holding them back.

Now you will probably be quick to point out that the next 24 hours will likely end Eclair’s reign as the most advanced Android OS version available, but to that I say shut up and let me enjoy this.

Alright the moment is over; who thinks they are getting Froyo and when?

Upgrade Instructions:

Before you start the download, make sure:

  • You back up your data
    • To save important text messages, forward them to an email address:
      • Tap the Applications tab and then tap Messaging
      • Select the text message you want to save and hard press it; you will see a menu to Forward the message
    • Any installed applications downloaded from the Android market must be re-installed. To re-download applications:
      • Tap the Applications tab and then tap Market
      • If prompted, sign in with your Google account credentials
      • Tap My Downloads
      • You will see paid applications in the list shown
      • Take note of the free applications on your phone, as they will have to be searched for again and downloaded manually after the update
  • Your Hero has a fully-charged battery
  • You have the USB data cable that came with your Hero
  • You have closed all running applications on your computer and disabled standby and hibernation modes
  • You have installed HTC Sync on your computer
    • Go to HTC’s support site
    • Click on the Download link for HTC Sync
    • Select Run in the dialog box and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation
  1. To download the update software, go to our HTC Hero download site
  2. Download the RUU ROM Update Utility and save it to your computer desktop
  3. Double click the .exe file and click Run in Windows XP or Yes in Windows 7
  4. On the Welcome Screen, be sure to read the caution message and Read Me file; check the box next to I understand and click Next
  5. On the next screen, follow the steps listed and click Next
  6. You will see the message Verifying information on your Android phone. Please wait…
  7. Once the verification is finished, you will see current information about your Hero such as model ID, image version and language; click Updateto proceed
  8. The screen will show information about the update; to continue, click Next
  9. You will receive a confirmation message that you are ready to update your Hero and the approximate time it will take; click Next to begin the update installation. Note: It is very important that you do not remove the USB cable or launch any programs during the update installation.
  10. The update is complete when you see the message Congratulations! Your ROM update has been completed. Your Android phone is now ready for use.; click Finish to exit
  11. Your Hero will reboot and be ready for set up

Via: Engadget

Source: Sprint

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 8 years and covering mobile for the last 9. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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  • http://Website Jay

    Verzon’s Devour is still on Android 1.5

    • Sean Riley

      Damnit, I thought I was having a blank spot for something. Will update to correct.

    • http://Website Aaron

      Devour has 1.6 .

  • CP27750

    I am a total newbie in all of this. But I read that the EVO will be second in line to receive FROYO. Of course that comes with a tremendous grain of salt due the the history of getting updates to phones running Android with Sence UI. I do not know if this is for certain or just an assumption based on the phone’s specs. here is the link:

    • Sean Riley

      It’s possible, but I think Sprint would be making a lot of noise about it if the Evo were going to be rapidly updated to 2.2 and their launch event came and went without a peep about it. If there is any truth to the Evo getting 2.2 in its first weeks of existence we should be hearing about it during I/O.

    • Zeak

      It’s pretty weird. Cos what’s the difference between say HTC EVO and Incredible (Desire) in the software aspect? If porting of Sense UI to Froyo is done, then there’s no need to fragment which HTC phone shall get the update first.. That’s technically speaking. Of course folks at marketing department definitely have other opinions..

  • manhattan

    this is bitter sweet news!, because 2.2 will released soon… haha

  • ayocuz

    Just give me 2.2 for my sexii nexii. I’ve been following all the stories and hopefully ill be able to rejoice soon!

  • scoopo16

    WTF, what about HTC Hero owners in Europe, why is it so hard for a company to release an update and then try not drag it out its essentially the same phone apart from the radio and the European version would be stripped down without sprint services (you would imagine the stripped down version would be available first) i think this is a marketing strategy. pissed !!

  • http://Website Fuzzee

    What about my contacts?

    • Sean Riley

      Your contacts are synced with your Google account so you should be good there.

  • http://Website Mystic

    Gotta love Sprint. I called my local corporate store and they didn’t even know what I was talking about. The tech Guy asked me for the website I saw the announcement on. And I’m a smartphone newbie. LOL. Smh.

  • imbrenton

    If you’re trying to download the Sprint HTC Hero update from either HTC or Sprint and it’s taking to long.. I’ve uploaded the ROM file (zipped) for an easy download [117MB]

    you’re welcome and enjoy! I really wonder if we’ll be seeing that 2.2 update now. Not holding my breath!

  • imbrenton

    If you’re trying to download the Sprint HTC Hero update from either HTC or Sprint and it’s taking to long.. I’ve uploaded the ROM file (zipped) for an easy download [117MB]:

    you’re welcome and enjoy! I really wonder if we’ll be seeing that 2.2 update now. Not holding my breath!

    • http://Website bettina

      Thanks. Will this work on european hero’s as well? Could take ages to be released over here…

      • imbrenton

        Unfortunately this update is only for the Sprint HTC Hero CDMA in the States.. Hopefully your model will get the update soon! I can’t tell you how impatient waiting for this update made me.. and I’m normally the most patient! lol.

        I was disappointed with the results though.. I noticed a couple of items were missing, like the Friend stream and News widgets, Live Wallpaper, Voice Search w/QWERTY keyboard and etc. I called HTC and the representative told me the processor on the device could not handle the newly created and added features.

        I didn’t want to, but I might be purchasing a new Android phone soon X|

        • http://Website bettina

          I agree. I’ll probably have to give in any buy a newer model android, rather than waiting around for a software update that will take forever and lack many elements due to processor limitations. Thanks for the heads up 8^)

  • http://Website Mystic

    I think thats it for the Hero. It wont go beyond 2.1. I blame it on the processor.

  • http://Website STeve

    Isn’t the Sprint Motorola I1 scheduled to be only Android 1.5 ?? A couple of steps back?

    • Sean Riley

      With its Nextel Direct Connect branding I don’t really think of that as being a part of Sprint’s smartphone lineup, but yes when last we heard of the Motorola I1 it was going to be running 1.5 at launch. As it isn’t due out until sometime in Q3 perhaps it will get a 2.1 reprieve prior to launch.

  • http://Website STeve

    Maybe Fuzzee was talking about sending contacts enmass by Bluetooth to your car. Still doesn’t work, but I does on my wife’s Moment. A feature that was removed or broken. sigh.

  • amarquart

    Im hung up right now on the fact that ‘internet sharing’ (tethering) is not working. I get ‘Error Code 67: Registration Failure…’ I know there are tethering apps, I own one, just thought since it is a feature I would like it to work natively… So anyone else experiencing? work around?

  • http://Website Mystic

    Can anyone please tell me why you need to download HTC SYNC for this? Is it really necessary for this update?

    • http://Website amarquart

      yes it is necessary

  • http://Website tim

    Is the official 2.1 update for the Samsung Moment out yet? If so where can I find the instructions to install it?

  • http://Website J Bradley

    FINALLY! This is about 5 months over due. What a difference. I can’t believe the apps we Hero owners had been shut out of with Android 1.5. Damn!

    There should not be Android fragmentation. The hardware in my Hero hasn’t changed so I could have just as easily ran 2.0 or 2.1 months ago. Waiting on sense UI is a joke. HTC could just release it as a widget (which they already do for other programs ). In the meantime, we could keep up with the rest of the Android world. When will we get 2.2 Froyo…in November?

    Now go download Google Goggles!

  • http://Website Dre

    YAAAAA!!! Welcome to the club Hero users, now you can join us Moment users as we all get shafted on 2.2, cause ya know, EVO’s king

  • http://IamUNimpressed Kathie

    I installed 2.1 yesterday and my apps actually run slower than under 1.5. Everything lags to the point where you want to pull your hair out waiting for a tap to react. I thought this was supposed to be a major performance enhancer!

  • http://Website Hubert Samm

    The instruction mention the RUU ROM UPDATE UTILITY… where does one get that?

    • Sean Riley

      On this page:

      You just need to hit “more details” in the “Software Update for the HTC Hero with Google” section and then scroll down to the “Download” link at the bottom of that section. That zip file contains an .exe and when you run that it takes you into the RUU Rom Update Utility.

  • Over

    I upgraded using the leaked version last week, but wiped it out again using the “official version”. The official version seems snappier, but it could just be my imagination. I don’t think that there’s any difference between the two. But since upgrading to the official version, I’m noticing more network connection errors in the market as well as in gmail, the same issue my son has on his moment when we upgraded his.. oh well. I’m just thankful for the upgrade… finally!

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    All suggestions and bug reporting are strongly recommended.
    It runs over 1.5., 1.6 and probably 2.2 (but not tested) so if someone of you could test it on 2.2 it would be great.

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  • http://Website GuardianAli

    Dont worry…2.2 is coming for you guys with Heros. We even already know the timetable….about 3-4 weeks before 2.3 comes out ;) lol
    Sry..sry..had to be said. :D

    • http://Website Derek

      That was pretty funny and sad at the same time. If I knew it took this long I probably would have just waited for an upgrade to the evo.

  • http://Website danny

    does anyone know if you will still be able to tether with laptops with this new update?

  • http://Website john

    I have a few apps you cant get on the market anymore. Including i-music and a few a friend gave me. Is there any way i can save these if i do the 2.1 update since i obviously cant re-download them from the market. CAN ANYONE HELP?????