HTC Hero Will Receive Android 2.0 'Eclair' Update
Thanks to Twitter, we now know that HTC has plans to update the HTC Hero to Android 2.0 'Eclair'. After seeing all the goodies that Android 2.0 will deliver and Android users' positive response to them, HTC needed to jump on board and address the Hero's situation with Android 2.0. The one sticking point that's keeping it from happening right now, seems to be that HTC Sense needs to get updated and optimized for Android 2.0, which makes sense since the beautiful UI is more than just a tasteful theme or skin.
It's odd that HTC didn't address the Magic or Dream's situation with Android 2.0, only choosing to discuss the Hero. Hopefully we'll hear more information regarding the other devices soon. In any case, we expect HTC to fix whatever issues Sense has with Android 2.0 and have the HTC Hero ready for Android 2.0 as quickly as possible. Then it'll be up to Sprint to deliver the update to us. Cross our fingers?
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I hope they role out eclair soon. This is going to be sweet (bad pun I know).
Currently the G1 has cupcake 1.6 are we going to get a update to 2.0 eclair
As I understand it, Android runs on essentially a Linux kernel. That means that while they can develop a new and improved kernel, and write apps that interface with it, it's up to /anyone/ else to compile the kernel into a distribution which works with a given hardware set.
If, for example, the G1 has limited memory, the kernel will need to be trimmed so nifty features are excluded. If it has an added piece of hardware that other phones may not, the drivers for that need to be compiled in.
Google could compile a kernel for each phone out there.. but that's not really their roll. Their time and effort is better spent developing, bug-testing, improving the base code, and making it available for others to implement. I suspect they are doing the driver development as requested by the phone companies. So... look to the phone companies. If you poke around the web you'll find people compiling their own versions of Android and implementing them on G1s and such.. if the multi-billion dollar phone companies can't beat a techie with a bit of spare time on his hands to the punch, it's not really Google's fault ;-)
(Of course, they should be making sure their kernel release is reliable and has been thoroughly tested before they release it to the masses) Contact your phone company, and try to become part of their Beta community.. someone's gotta be testing the new versions they'll be releasing.