HTC's Hero smartphone, available on Orange UK's network, will receive the anticipated update to the Android 2.1 OS by the end of this week.
In a joint statement, Orange and HTC said that they had finished developing the Android 2.1 update for the device, and that it would be rolled out over the air by the week's end.
The companies said: “We apologise for the delay in Orange Hero customers receiving their Éclair update.”
The delay, they explained, was the result of extensive testing of the operating system across European markets.
The statement said that Orange customers with HTC Hero phones should receive the update automatically.
The update had originally been set for a March launch, but had been put back to April, then June, and has finally been declared ready for release at the end of July.
Hero owners, angry over the long delays and lack of information, started an online petition on Facebook to protest against the delay, collecting over 800 members.