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Sprint Hero and Moment Won't Get Android 2.0 Until 1H 2010

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Dec 11, 2009, 4:51 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Today Sprint indicated via its Twitter account that the Samsung Moment and HTC Hero will definitely receive an Android 2.0 update. However, the update won't be available until some time in the first half of 2010. Verizon has said that the HTC Eris (Hero variant) will receive Android 2.0 or 2.1 in "early 2010". Android 2.0 will give all three of these devices many new features and update existing apps.


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Dec 11, 2009, 5:03 PM

Android is a mess, and this is why it's going to fail.

This is the same problem Windows Mobile has, and this fragmentation exactly why it won't ever gain real traction or have any real influence in the mobile world. An Android developer already has to deal with multiple hardware configurations (keyboard? virtual? screen res?) , as well as devices running Android 1.5, 1.6, and 2.0.

The worst part? A lot of these devices won't see Android 2.0. So if I buy a new Android handset today, what are the odds I won't see Android 3.0? This is why there are no best-of-breed Android apps.

An iPhone from 2007 is still able to run OS 3.0 (not with all the features but that's a helluvalot better than what G1 owners currently get). The same goes for a Palm Pre.
I'm a Palm developer and an iPhone owner. Having owned and developed for various smartphones I'm going to straight-up say this is a significant factor.
And this post ois why You fail.

Every phone OS has its own strengths and weaknesses... even the precious and mighty *cough* *cough* iPhone.
And yet the same could be said of Windows vs. Mac, but which has greater market share?
Really, you are dogging android because some people have to wait a few months to get the new software. those are some high expectations for an iphone user who waited 3 years for picture messaging. lol. yup i agree, that is why android will fail. lol. ...

Dec 11, 2009, 10:56 PM

More bad news for Sprint...

I bought (or attempted to buy) a friend a Palm Pre for her birthday and had to deal with 15 minutes of not one but TWO Sprint employees telling me not to get it because they're "really crappy." Ended up not even buying a phone so "I could do additional research" - aka, it's really awkward buying a phone when someone's telling you it's a POS. I went to a Sprint "authorized reseller" later and got the same shtick "Oh everyone who is buying them is returning them."

Sprint, this is your flagship phone. You've got Android, but with VZW's giant marketing push you're left carying the also-ran Android hansets on an also-ran platform. How the hell is Sprint able to sell ANY smartphones?
The reps are biased and ignorant. I'm a Sprint rep and ask all my customers who consider a smart phone what's their purpose/use for the phone. Many 1st generation phones sometimes have problems(or being politically/sales person correct)ISSUES. But the...
bluecoyote said:
I bought (or attempted to buy) a friend a Palm Pre for her birthday and had to deal with 15 minutes of not one but TWO Sprint employees telling me not to get it because they're "really crappy." Ended up not even bu
The WEB OS as stated by many expert companies and sites (gizmodo - cnet - pcworld magazine) says the PRE is on level with any smart phone and its ability to muli-task is untouched - Most people who get it love it and I am using the Palm Pixi and love ...
happy hour hero

Dec 12, 2009, 5:01 AM

The truth about the public and smartphones

I really agree with paulc91316 on his predictions. When google does that they will be marketable to the public and techies like us who really anyalze how our phones work and want updates a few weeks after using our phones because we are bord.

I have worked with the public for over a year with android and to be honest with you. At this point 80 percent of android owners DO NOT KNOW THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 1.5 AND 2.0. Only people like us care about that at the moment. Once these customers get educated on their devices, and the general public is used to phones with this kind of power, then this will be a significant problem with updates. But by then there will be a google phone like paulc91316 is talking about and all these customers will g...
That's what Microsoft did with the Zune...

Dec 12, 2009, 11:02 AM

Why so sad?

I have a Hero and my girlfriend has the Moment and both of us couldn't be happier with our devices. My only gripes I had with my Hero was the battery life and the Camera but with the new firmware it improved significantly.

Dec 11, 2009, 10:51 PM

I think you're missing the point about Android...

I've owned just about every "smart-phone out on the market since the NeoPoint NP1000 from Sprint in the mid nineties. I’ve had T-mobile, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. I always carry a GSM one and a CDMA one. I was like a walking commercial for converged devices.

I’m in the San Francisco market but my territory is North America. I travel 3 weeks of every month and can say there is a noticeable difference between coverage. I loved the 3GS as a device, but hated it as a phone.

My calls with customers are many times 30+ minutes long, AT&T would drop many, many of those. Short calls no problem. Data no problem either. Who’s doing to know if a packet has been dropped anyway?

I always carried either a Sprint or Verizon ...
I'm not addressing any network issues in this reply, but in some of the market's you've mentioned ironically enough VZW has a higher rate of dropped calls than AT&T.

Here's the very issue with Android- currently you've got a Droid, which is the mos...
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