Moments ago, we notified you about HTC working on getting the next generation Android 2.1 on HTC Hero. And now we have been notified by an anonymous tipster that the genius folks over at XDA have already managed to run a leaked copy of Android 2.1 OS on Hero, and it is now available for download on XDA-Developers forums. This Android 2.1 Rom for Hero comes with the newer version of HTC Sense UI, specially optimized to run this version of OS.

Android 2.1 with Sense IO for HTC HeroImage credit: androidcourt on flickr

Installation instructions are pretty simple and straight forward, and it involves the following steps.

Step 1: Do a nandroid backup.

Step 2: Flash the new radio version 63.18.55.06HU_6.35.07.25

Step 3: Perform a wipe.

Step 4: Flash it.

Step 5: Have fun!

The leaked Rom for Hero with Sense UI has all the standard widgets for facebook, GPRS, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi and so on. It has also got the popular Google Maps with Navigation app which first came as an exclusive app on Droid, running Android 2.0.

Full installation instructions along with download links can be found here in the discussion thread at XDA.

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