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Sprint HTC Hero & Samsung Moment jumping to Android 2.1 in 1H 2010

Sprint HTC Hero & Samsung Moment jumping to Android 2.1 in 1H 2010

Sprint have announced that, rather than updating the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment to Android 2.0 - as the carrier suggested would happen in the new year - it will instead be bypassing that version of the OS and pushing straight to Android 2.1.  According to the carrier's Twitter account, the Android 2.1 update for HTC Hero and Samsung Moment will come in the first half of 2010.

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Android 2.1 plus HTC Sense ROM leaks

Android 2.1 plus HTC Sense ROM leaks

Remember the leaked screenshots of Android 2.1 complete with HTC Sense running on the esteemed Hero?  Well now you could recreate that yourself, thanks to a leaked Hero 2.1 Eclair ROM over at xda-developers.  The software is classed as alpha, which means you probably don't want to necessarily trust your everyday Android handset with it; for instance, there's no Google synchronization support right now.

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HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC Hero running Android 2.1 with new HTC Sense spotted

HTC's public plans for their Sense UI and newer versions of Android have basically amounted to asking device owners to wait; an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero has been promised since the end of October, but so far has not proved forthcoming.  That might be because HTC aren't reworking Sense for 2.0 but for Android 2.1; screenshots purporting to show the HTC UI running on the as-yet unreleased OS have leaked.

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Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC caught in wild

Neither Verizon nor HTC have officially confirmed the existence of the Verizon DROID Eris, but unless you're looking at the handiwork of a particularly impressive Halloween costume (sized for hamster) then we'd say the Android smartphone's existence is pretty much assured.  The BGR received two live shots of the HTC DROID Eris - you can see the second after the cut - together with a little feedback as to how the handset performs.

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Verizon DROID Eris by HTC to be $99; Hero specs confirmed

Verizon DROID Eris by HTC to be $99; Hero specs confirmed

We may have accused the HTC Eris - aka the Verizon DROID Eris by HTC - as having underwhelming specs this week (what can we say, we want some Snapdragon!) but according to the latest batch of leaks Verizon will at least be pricing it right.  gdgt's Peter Rojas has heard from "a very trustworthy source" that the Android smartphone will be priced at $99 with a new two-year agreement, just half the price of the Verizon DROID by Motorola.

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HTC Hero Android 2.0 update confirmed in works

HTC Hero Android 2.0 update confirmed in works

HTC have confirmed to us that they'll be offering an update to Android 2.0 for the HTC Hero.  The update means that HTC will be skipping Android 1.6 - as on the HTC Tattoo, for instance - to concentrate on fettling HTC Sense to play nicely with the newest version of Android.  However, the company have not given a definitive timescale for the release, asking only that owners "be patient".  Full statement after the cut.

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