[Update 2]: The download site that we linked to earlier should now be showing the update (here’s a direct download link, and here’s a link to the PDF file for more information). The file is 118 megabytes in size.
[Update]: As of 9:05 am Central time, there doesn’t appear to be any links available from Sprint to download the software required to update. For now, your best bet is to call the Sprint store and see if they have the upgrade on hand. Otherwise, you’ll need to wait a while before the download link actually appears on the Sprint site.
As a bunch of you simultaneously take a huge sigh of relief, we can finally say that Sprint’s entire Android line-up to this point has been updated to Android 2.1. A couple of days ago, the Samsung Moment got its long-awaited update, and Sprint HTC Hero users will be able to say they’ve got theirs, as well.
The final ROM for the update was leaked a couple of days ago (ahead of its rumored May 21st date), so it was only a matter of time before we saw Sprint follow suit with the official availability. The only changes that Sprint describes for the update are as follows:
- Upgraded operating system to Android 2.1 Eclair
- Enhancements to sense user interface
- Enhanced corporate email support
- variety of minor bug fixes
Just like the Moment update, the Hero 2.1 upgrade will not be provided over the air. As usual, if you do not have a Windows PC, you need to get a friend with one to help you or take a stroll into your nearest Sprint store to have the update applied. If you do have a windows PC and are willing to try this yourself, head over to HTC’s support site for the Sprint Hero to find instructions on how to install and apply the update.
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