Google may've let Froyo out of the bag, but until the networks and manufacturers release it that won't mean anything to those ready to kick Android 2.1 to the curb. Sprint and Motorola's (rough/unconfirmed) plans are detailed below. UPDATE
Straight out of the HTC mouthpiece:
It appears some people are still using Plurk, that Twitter rival from a couple of years ago. HTC is one of them, with their Taiwanese corporate account confirming that GSM HTC Heros will be getting the Android 2.1 update today. This comes after HTC pushed the update out to CDMA Heros the other week, with Sprint…
Yesterday we brought the good news to Hero owners that Sprint was pushing out the Android 2.1 firmware update—but before you press yes on that update, make sure you back up all your data.
Sprint has gifted its HTC Hero owners the long-awaited Android 2.1 update, seven months after the first screenshots of a Hero running the faster, snazzier version showed up.
Super-spec'd premium phones like the Droid and Nexus One are only part of Google's long term plan for Android. What we have here is a glimpse of Android's other future: Free. Android handsets are the new flip-phones! Sort of!
Abandon all hope, ye who enter Remainders. Today, we've got: Windows 7 needs less tech support than anyone expected, Acer's Olympic-themed laptop, Sprint's Android phones skipping Android 2.0, and a leaked Panasonic (non-Micro) Four Thirds camera.
I had essentially taken this for granted, since Best Buy's instant rebate policy is storewide, but hey, just in case: Whittling the HTC Hero's price down to the advertised $180 will take the redemption of a $50 "instant savings" (don't worry about this) as well as a $100 mail-in rebate, which Best Buy has confirmed…
That Sprint's first Android phone's going to be the HTC Hero is about as unsurprising as news gets, but you know what is surprising? They've given it some invasive plastic surgery, and priced it squarely below their own Palm Pre.