Android 2.1 (Eclair) on the HTC Hero…

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I’ve bought an HTC Hero a while back. Rooted it too, so I could edit the sms database. Loving the phone.

Then HTC promised us (owners) an upgrade from Cupcake (Android 1.5) to Eclair (Android 2.1), scheduled for March 2010. Since Eclair has a ton of additional features and bugfixes, this was a biggy.

Then HTC postponed it to beginning of April. End of April. May. June.
On the 4th HTC started rolling out the update for Asia, and we still had to wait in Europe. That’s when I got fedup with waiting.

Thanks to the wonderful guys over at XDA-Developers and this Complete Newbie Guide to Install a Custom Rom, I now have VillainRom10 installed, which is basically a repackaged official 2.1 rom from HTC.

I had to use the GoldCard method to downgrade my Hero (specified in the Guide – worked perfectly with a Sandisk 2gb SD card), and install the drivers from this thread for the RUU (Rom Update Utility) to find the Hero in bootloader mode. Other than that, it’s a smooth sailing.

After using the phone now for two days, it feels mightily fast, snappy… it’s a total new phone.

Gigantic Android, Donut, Cupcake and Eclair at the GooglePlex