Those of you using the HTC Hero outside of the US can breath a little easier today, as the first part of the two part update to Android 2.1 has been rolling onto handsets in Europe since yesterday. As Engadget said, this has "been a long, painful, drawn-out process, but it looks like we're finally closing in on getting everyone with an HTC Hero around the globe covered with Eclair. "
Fabien (you experienced members should know him) got to talking with someone at HTC not too long ago, and they told him that the OTA update would roll out on June 18th, so I guess they decided to get going a tad early.
TalkAndroid wrote this about the update process:
HTC Europe has begun pushing out groundwork for the 2.1 update OTA to Hero owners today. If your phone receives the update, you will see a notification on the phone and all you have to do is press OK to accept the update, which will download via your data connection or wifi. After installing the update, you can verify it installed correctly by checking the Build number.
From the Home screen, go to Menu -> Settings -> About Phone -> Build Number. Once there, the new Build number after the update will be 2.73.405.93; 2.73.405.94 (Nordic) & 2.73.405.95 (Greece/ Ireland).
Many websites are complaining about the fact that the update comes in two parts as if it is some new development, but I wrote back in mid-April that the Android 2.1 update for European HTC Heros was mentioned to be released in two parts, and that is exactly how it will roll out.
Part two should be here around the end of June. As a reminder, the update to Android 2.1 will wipe your phone, so make sure you back up your data if you want to keep it. HTC is also recommending a stable connection over Wi-Fi to get the update.
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