Will HTC Hero skip Android 2.0 upgrade and go directly to Android 2.1/Flan?

Remember my WAT (Wild arsed guess), that we won’t see any more Android 2.0 phones this year, if ever?

Well, more then a month has passed since the announcement of Motorola  Droid, holiday shopping season is in full swing, but we still have not seen a single other handset running Android 2.0.

And, even though Google has made  the source code for Android 2.0 available to third parties now, it seems that even the wilder part of my guess, which I myself only half believed,  is coming true as well.

The one, where I speculated that most of the cellphone makers will skip Android 2.0 version altogether, and will opt for Android 2.1/Flan version of the OS for their next devices/upgrades.

At least if the screenshots of HTC Hero, the most advanced of Android devices before Droid, running Android 2.1/Flan are genuine, and point to things, HTC has planned for the Hero and their next Android handsets.

HTC Hero Sense UI Android 21 Flan

And it certainly makes sense. Even on Droid, where it was exclusively tailored by joint Google/Motorola team, Android 2.0 faces multiple software glitches and bugs.

Getting Android 2.0,  as it is now,  to work flawlessly on another generic device, might be a pretty steep challenge. And don’t forget all the work, that must go into making HTC’s proprietary Sense UI working with it.

So if another, better version of Android, like Flan,  is almost ready to ship, why not wait a few weeks and save all the additional work?

Via: BeGeek

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • coolfx35

    I plan on purchasing this phone come December when it finally becomes available here in the U.S. I am also happy to have read today that they are soon releasing a firmware update to fix the sluggishness that had been reported in reviews.

    I do have one major concern. I am switichin gover from Windows Mobile. I am a big Microsoft supporter but I just couldn't deal with Windows Mobile anymore. I did like however how I could sync my contacts and Live Mail account with my phone effortlessly. Is there any app available or in the works to support Microsft Live Mail and contact sync? I do not really use my Gmail account. And I have read about the forwarding option.. But I'd really just like to be able to put my preferred E-mail account on this lovely phone. Come hang out at http://www.HTC-Hero.com and thanks for reading.

  • http://www.electrogifts.co.uk/ DSTT

    I can completely see this happening, if 2.1 is in essence just a stabilised release of 2.0 then there's no point in HTC trying to do 2 releases of Sense. Shame though, as it would be nice to get Android 2.0!

  • name1421421

    omg why dont those fags just make release something better than 1.5… havent we waited long enough?

  • http://www.metserve.com/ Ahmet

    This is all good and well …. but long will we have to actually wait?? I'm running 1.5 on my Hero and after running the CyanogenMod on my G1 … I feel like the Hero has been left behind!

  • http://www.metserve.com/ Ahmet

    This is all good and well …. but long will we have to actually wait?? I'm running 1.5 on my Hero and after running the CyanogenMod on my G1 … I feel like the Hero has been left behind!