You know I was thinking last night if any of the big carriers would be releasing any big updates or making any big announcement, in lieu of the opening day of Google I/O (which we will be covering here). I guess was right on the money, Sprint has finally let loose the beast, and is releasing the official Android 2.1 update today. The drama and the rumors are over, and the long awaited update is here. It even ended up coming ahead of schedule (May 21st), which is not a surprise. If you think about it, this really was handled poorly by Sprint. Anyways, here is a quick highlight of what Sprint posted regarding the update:
Software – 2.27.651.5
Firmware – 2.1 Eclair
5/19/2010 This update includes:
– Upgraded operating system to Android 2.1 Eclair
– Enhancements to sense user interface (UI)
– Enhanced corporate email support
– Variety of minor bug fixes
Sprint Hero owners can head over to the Hero support page on Sprint.com for a full rundown of the software update, and also a very complete and detailed set of instructions for how to install the latest and greatest firmware available. As long as you follow the steps, Hero owners should have no problems with the upgrade.
Also as predicted, the Eclair update will require a full wipe. Everything from emails to text messages and pictures and contacts, will all be automatically deleted during the update. So all my readers out there, make sure you have taken the appropriate steps to backup all essential data. Sprint gives a fairly complete list of what is erased during the update process, so make sure you read it all carefully.
From what I can tell, it seems Sprint is requiring Hero owners in install the HTC Sync program to help with the update. Head over to HTC Sync page for instructions and a download link to the latest version of the program.
One last important reminder, the update to Eclair can only be done on a Windows PC, yes I know it’s strange and annoying, but you need to have Windows XP or better to install the update.
Finally the wait is over, Sprint finally made good on their promise all of Sprint’s first generation Android phones have gotten the push to Android 2.1, now it’s T-Mobile’s turn to step up to the plate.
EDIT: Yes as one of my readers pointed out the actual download is on HTC’s servers, so after reading the Sprint instructions carefully, head over to HTC for the actual download