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HTC: Hero UI upgrade for existing phones possible, but not on T-mobile USA versions

News by Michael Oryl on Thursday June 25, 2009.

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Hoping to get that shiny new Sense user interface from the HTC Hero as a future upgrade for your T-Mobile G1 or Vodafone Magic? Sorry, it's not possible according to an HTC representative we asked. Turns out that the same licensing terms that restricted HTC from putting its Microsoft Exchange client and other tweaks on "with Google" branded phones, like those sold by T-Mobile USA and Vodafone, prevents the company from offering the new user interface as an upgrade for those same phones.

Even if you have one of the non-Google branded devices, like the Magic sold by Rogers Wireless in Canada, an upgrade doesn't sound like a sure thing. The company is trying to figure out a way to offer it to as many customers as possible, but we can assume that there are most certainly logistical issues that have to be dealt with, as well as likely R&D costs.

Of course there's always the dark underbelly of the Android world where people load "baked" ROMs on their phones that they were never intended to run, but those types of procedures certainly aren't for the lay user. For the rest of us, we'll just have to wait.

It's worth mentioning that the upcoming T-Mobile myTouch 3G that will be available this summer is a "with Google" phone.

In any case, enjoy the photos and video of the HTC Hero and its beautiful new user interface in action. More photos and a second video can be found on the following page.

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Abid @ 1:07:58AM EDT on Friday June 26, 2009

I'm actually really impressed with these new HTC phones. They're really innovating in a way thats different than RIM or Apple in that they're dedicated to bringing future forward design to both hardware and software.

coolfx @ 1:05:38PM EDT on Saturday June 27, 2009

I'm not going to compare it to the iPhone because they are very different animals, all I have to say is that Android's community support is phenomenal, it's the reason I got the G1 and so far I'm stoked with the way things are going.

The phone/OS hasn't been out for a year and look where we are at already; almost every user/community request has been answered or is being worked on; either officially or by the community itself, the point is that it's a huge open source success.

happy to see a phone like the HTC Hero coming to the U.S. Market.

manu08 @ 4:58:35AM EDT on Tuesday June 30, 2009

how do you know the hero is coming to the US market? which carrier is getting it?

Quixel @ 7:44:14AM EDT on Wednesday July 1, 2009

I am not so impressed with Android,I am impressed with HTC and all the offerigs coming from them.Simply Amazing.I totally blame Google for these phones not be able to be upgraded as HTC wants to help the consumer whilte GOOGLE is pulling an APPLE and keeping it from happening.SH1T on them. Hope HTC can Get some Truly Open OS like WebOs on their GREAT HARDWARE.Google needs to stop being so Restrictive with their Licensing with HTC and let them implement all the great things they want to add on to the phones.GOOD LUCK HTC

MikeG @ 8:50:13PM EDT on Thursday July 2, 2009

the Hero looks to be the best andriod phone,,it combines android OS and some windows and the phones desgin is awesome..where and when is the phone coming to the US???

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