The HTC Hero was the mobile phone that helped to make Android mainstream but it will probably be the last one to receive an update to Google's Android 2.1.
Numerous news outlet have reported that the firmware upgrade that was supposed to take place earlier this year has already been postponed three times. HTC's support team said that they would provide the eagerly-awaited for upgrade in June.
In a rather disappointing email they said that "HTC will be providing a free update to Éclair for European HTC Hero variants. Starting in June, anyone owning an HTC Hero will receive an initial preparatory update, shortly followed by the full Éclair update".
They also recommend using either a free WiFi hotspot for it or an unlimited data plan or otherwise risk facing significant data costs. They have not mentioned though how big the firmware will be and whether users could potentially upgrade the phone via USB.
Interestingly, HTC says that there will be an "initial" preparatory update followed later by the full update. They also failed to come up with a valid reason as to why the update has been postponed thrice.
Pocket-lint users were irate at the announcement that HTC had yet again postponed the launch of the update for HTC Hero. Even more frustrating is the fact that they haven't come up with a reason why this was done. Maybe HTC wants people to upgrade to something else.