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Three announces HTC Hero and HTC Desire Android upgrade dates

HTC Desire and Hero getting a Three makeover
HTC Desire and Hero getting a Three makeover

Three has issued a statement regarding the Android 2.1 and Android 2.2 updates to the HTC Hero and HTC Desire respectively.

The former handset - which was supposed to have been upgraded to the more advanced version of Android months ago - looks finally ready to drop later this month:

"Three has now tested and approved the 2.1 update for HTC Hero and it has been submitted to Google to get the final go-ahead.

"We're hoping that they can approve it within the next 2 weeks and then we can start updating Three customers with HTC Heros."

Much of the same

The HTC Desire statement is a little more in line with the other networks', stating that the same multi-week testing is in effect:

"Although the HTC Desire update was released for unlocked phones last week, HTC are building a specific version for Three which will take them a few weeks.

"Once we have this version it will be tested, approved by Google and then rolled out to customers.

"Although it goes without saying that we will get the update to customers ASAP, it's likely to be towards the end of summer until we can guarantee a problem free version for our customers."

So it looks like September for the much-vaunted HTC Desire Android 2.2 upgrade - and it's been so long since we started asking for a 2.1 update to the HTC Hero we're just glad that saga might finally be over soon.

Gareth Beavis

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.