The Hero will run Google’s Android 1.5 (AKA Cupcake), but HTC is replacing the standard UI with one of its own, called HTC Sense. This is not a radical change, but more of an enhanced version of the original.
I like this alternate UI better than the standard one, but it initially drew some criticism for being a bit slow. Fortunately, HTC released a software update last week, and Sense is now noticably faster. Naturally, Sprint’s version will launch with this update.
It doesn’t appear that Sprint is going to load thie Hero down with bloatware, but it will include Sprint TV and Sprint Navigation, two apps I actually like. n addition, users of this smartphone will have access to the 8,000 applications currently on the Android Market, the on-device software store.
Naturally, this smartphone will have access to Sprint’s CDMA network, and it will support EV-DO Rev. A mobile broadband. HTC added CDMA support for Android 1.5 specifically for this device.
The Hero will also have Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.0.
The “chin” on the Europen Hero made it a device people loved or hated. Sprint’s redesign has resulted in a smartphone that’s hard to hate.
I’m happy to see this carrier getting on the Android bandwagon, especially with as nice a model as this one.
We’ll be publishing a full review of Sprint’s version of the HTC Hero closer to its release. For an in-depth look the current version of this smartphone, it’s alternate user interface, and its other software, read this article: HTC Hero Review.
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