Looks like the wait is almost over for a lot of patient Sprint Android owners. A screenshot of a official Sprint employee memo shows that Sprint is preparing for the release of the long awaited Android 2.1 update for the HTC Hero and the Samsung Moment. Actually it’s closer than you might think.
According to the internal memo the Samsung Moment is supposed to get the update starting today, April 30th. I have been following the thread at XDA very closely, and it seems that all of the Moment owners are still waiting for the update to go live. Anyways, the memo goes on to say that the Hero update is scheduled for the first week of May.
The Samsung Moment 2.1 Eclair Maintenance Release is scheduled for next friday, April 30th, and the HTC Hero is scheduled for the first week of May
The other important info that comes out of the memo is that the official update will OTW, which stands for ove-the-wire. All that means is that it the upgrades will be PC-based. The is in fact due to the large size of the Android 2.1 update. Usually we see most firmware updates come OTA (over the air) but the 80MB Moment update and the 117MB Hero update are just too big for Sprint’s network.
All Hero and Moment owners should be on high alert for the update, it’s still possible that the Moment update could still go live, but i wouldn’t count on it. I figure tomorrow is a better option of everyone, including Sprint. Technically tomorrow is the “first week of May” But Sprint is known for waiting till the last possible minute to meet a deadline. If we do see the Moment update released today or tomorrow, it would help to ensure that the Hero update would shortly follow. Just hang in there a little while longer guys, it’s almost here!
EDIT: I forgot to mention that it will be a very good idea to backup any and all important files, contacts, mp3 or just anything you DO NOT want to loose. The upcoming OTW Android 2.1 update will most definitely require a full wipe. I would suggest a Nandroid backup now, to prepare for the inevitable.