Orange has forwarded on to the media an apology from HTC surrounding the massive delay to Android 2.1 arriving on their HTC Hero, whilst confirming at the same time the update will start rolling out next week.
Version 2.1 of the Google mobile phone OS has been appearing on handsets for some time this year, where it has taken quite a large part of 2010 to be ported across to older phone models.
In America, the mobile phone network Sprint has the update to their HTC Hero available to download and install since mid-May, where it's taken some considerable time to be qualified by both HTC and Orange for the UK iteration of that very handset.
The HTC Sense overlay to Android might be partly responsible for the delay, as that overlay is deeply interwoven around the platform itself where Orange in addition has their own software installed on top of Android too.
The statement from HTC mentions: "We apologise for the delay in Orange Hero customers receiving their Éclair update. Testing the update across European markets took longer than anticipated. However, we hope to receive final approval by the end of the week and Orange handsets should start updating from next week."
As with most updates of this nature there will be an Over The Air (OTA) notification message, although it's much wiser to download the firmware update from Android 1.5 over WIFI as it could be as large as 118MB in size - if the USA update is anything to go by.
Originally published at OneMobileRing.com