The HTC Hero (aka G2 Touch in the UK) has been kicking around now since July 2009. Starting out it’s life out on the original Android ROM of 1.5 (Cupcake) and ending it officially on Android 2.1 (Eclair) the Hero has remained a fans favourite being the first really good spec Android handset on the market.
Now at just over 2 years old the Android Developers Community over on XDA Developers have shown that they have not forgotten this handset by developing an Ice Cream Sandwich ROM for it.
I was rather amazed how quickly this ROM installed itself on my dated Hero and despite it being almost pre Alpha and not much actually working on it in terms of Radio, the handset copes very well with the basics of the Android 4.0.1 ROM.
The Homescreen is very clear though the Google search bar at the top of the screen does struggle a bit in terms of reading it which I can only assume is down to the new roboto fonts which are part of ICS.
Pressing and holding your finger on the home screen is a bit different from other Android ROMS as this only seems to bring up a Wallpaper menu now which replaces the old widget based menu for that screen function.
Pressing and holding the the Home button brings up the running apps which can be closed individually by sliding them out of the picture.
The phone pad looks very clear and very swish, though to be honest, it is pretty much in line with the rest of this new look and fell which can only be described as WOW!
The Easter Egg for the handset can be seen below – I have to admit, I love its 8 bit look and feel and I am glad the didn’t leave it out.
More to come on this as I continue to go through the motions and update to each new release – you can follow the progress on this post so don’t forget to bookmark this post
ALPHA 2 AFTER THE BREAK…..
OK So I have now updated the ROM to Alpha 2 which fixed the Touchscreen issues and enabled WiFi.
Navigation since updating to Alpha 2 has gotten worse sadly, with Alpha 1 I could navigate almost smoothly through the menus and add apps however now its very glitchy. Lets hope Alpha 3 fixes this issue.
The New WiFi Screens on ICS look so much cleaner than the older ROMS though this is to be expected considering it was overhauled entirely.
One point to note is that facial unlock is not present on this ROM though this was intentionally left out due to having no Front Facing Camera.
Browsing the web is VERY slow on this build and I assume every build to come thereafter will be the same however on the plus site our site renders very well and the new bookmark system allows you to bookmark across multiple Google accounts.