Sprint has finally caved in and announced that the Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero is finally ready for release, according to the Sprint support site for the phone. Unfortunately, the link to download the software update (2.27.651.5) is (as of me writing this) not there, but it should show up sometime before the end of the day.
However, the leaked version from two days ago is likely to be the official release version, so if you can't wait for them to post it, that might be an option. Those of you who do have the update, heed Engadget's advice and "start enjoying that Google Maps Navigation magic and all the other goodies constituting Eclair's delectable filling."
The support page includes a walk-through to correctly update your phone to Android 2.1.
Now that the Sprint Heroes are updating to Android 2.1, EuroDroid decided to chime in for those still left out in Europe by asking "when’s it going to happen in Europe, eh?"
UPDATE: The file is finally available for download, and here is the link to the page with the URL.
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