HTC Android Hero OS available for G1 and Magic

HTC Hero - the next Android skin?
HTC Hero - the next Android skin?

Those of you that look at the iconic Android clock on your T-Mobile G1 or the HTC Magic and think: 'that's so 2008', get ready to pick up the uber-skinned HTC Hero ROM instead.

The clever chaps over at the XDA developers forum have managed to put together a working port that makes your current, bog-standard Android device into a next generation behemoth.

Well, that is until the HTC Hero actually hits the shops in the not-too-distant-future, complete with super widget gallery and some kind of space-age buttons that might make you feel like you're aboard some intergalactic space ship. Or not, your call.


The only problem is you'll need to be a pretty clued-up developer / code wrangler to get this thing on your phone - we're talking flashing the device, connecting up the debugger, the works.

So if you've only just committed to an HTC Magic for two years on £40-odd a month, you might want to think twice before breaking it through your ham-fisted porting efforts.

But on the plus side, the leak means it's unlikely we'll have to wait too long for the HTC Hero, so you can at least upgrade to the latest version of the Android gang if you're lumbered with nothing more than a shiny white brick.

Via XDA Developers Forum and Engadget

Gareth Beavis
Formerly Global Editor in Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.