We can't confirm this report but there's some word floating around that the European HTC Hero will receive the update to Android 2.1 in February. The timeframe we got was February 15-17 but obviously since no official word has come down, we can't be positive. The site with the news, android.com.pl details the changes:

  • Android 2.1 is much faster
  • One interesting option is a preview of desktops, you can zoom out two
    Finders as pages in your browser. Effect. Effectively reduce the deskop,
    brillant view.
  • Icons have clear coat
  • At the bottom of the menu we have: phone, menu, contacts
  • HTC added a nice transition when you quit the application and move around
    the options.
  • Lock screen is not rounded.
  • Faster-running HTC keyboard.
  • New widgets from HTC.
  • Improved flashplayer. Operates smoothly.
  • Graphic change in the gallery and video player
  • We have more RAM. About 130-140mb after killing the process.

Of course things get lost in translation (they are Polish) but if this is at all true, we bet you Hero users are super excited. With all the Android attention having gone to the Droid and the Nexus One recently, it'll be good to be back in the spotlight. Now if only that US HTC Hero can get some 2.1 update love..


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Rumors Say European HTC Hero To Get Android 2.1 In February


1 Month... and counting... for Android 2.1 on HTC Hero!

So, there won't be any of these ugly bubbles around the icons, that we saw on leaked pictures of HTC Sense on Android 2.1? Amazing!
... Unless this "Icons have clear coat" is this awful bubble... I truly hope not.

Im really hoping the Sprint Hero gets this update sooner than later. I know @sprint tweeted the first half of q1 but that better not mean like it did for the Pre and not come out til June.

"we bet you Hero users are super excited"
Your bet is wrong , we stopped being excited when we got left out from all updates after 1.5 and the delays for the first fix , for my I think the Hero will be my last HTC phone , I may get something like the N1 as it's with google so it's update matter is not up to HTC.