March of the Androids

Lots of exiting things happening in Android and HTC Hero-land these last few weeks:

  • June 22nd: I flash my HTC Hero with VillainRom 10.3 (i.e. Android 2.1 aka Eclair + HTC Sense)
  • June 23th: Google releases the source code for the blazingly fast Android 2.2 (aka Froyo)
  • June 23th: CyanogenMod announces that he and his team will create CM6 based on these sources for a great number of HTC devices, including the Hero CDMA (the US model for Sprint)
  • June 29th: HTC finally pushes out Android 2.1 for Hero in Europe
  • July 1th: The VillainRom-guys announce VillainRom 12 based on that new ROM
  • July 3th: Lox, one of the CyanogenMod developers, announces the first Hero (GSM) Froyo-build
  • July 5th: HTC released the kernel sources (based on 2.6.29) they used for Hero
  • July 5th: Lox & co are working on a merged HTC Hero GSM and CDMA build based on the official kernel sources

So I flashed my Hero again, with VillainRom 12 (clearly more responsive then 10.3, a few bugs are solved as well) and I’m looking forward to flashing CyanogenMod 6 once that’s stabilized. Because, after all, Hero’s like their Androids fresh, don’t they?

6 thoughts on “March of the Androids

    1. frank Post author

      well, if you’re flashing that means you’re already on Android, so you were already sharing (or not, because you can disable location sharing & mail/cal/contacts syncing).

      but you already know about that philip ;-)

      1. Philip Paeps

        For completeness: the HTC was my shortest-lived phone ever. It took me under a month to decide that it was completely hopeless and it was quickly replaced with a Nokia N900.

        I am not tempted to try Android again. I would like to continue not to have a Google account.

      2. frank Post author

        the nokia n900 indeed seems like a great handset. hope that nokia&intel can turn meego into a competitive offering, i for one would consider it when replacing my hero next year.

        that being said; you can do android without having (or using) a google account on it (don’t enter your credentials when running the install wizard). moreover cyanogen (one of the alternative android distro’s) comes without any google app included (they were forced to by … google).

    1. frank Post author

      continuous improvement for smarter phones HOWTO:
      1. it just works (except for a few quirks)
      2. you flash the upgrade
      3. it works even better (except for some some other quirks)
      4. repeat until it’s not fun any more


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