Ok, I am still gonna root my phone cos i want all the goodies that rooted phones allow. However I haven’t taken the plunge as yet because strangely out of the blue, the other night when I picked up my phone there was a message saying that an FOTA (Firmware Over The Air) update was available. So I went into it and low and behold HTC were sending me an update to Android 2.1 (Eclair). I couldn’t believe it – I thought HTC had given up on providing a “sense” enabled Eclair update for unbranded SIM free Hero’s – but there it was.
So I gave it a whirl and it all installed nice and easily without losing any of my contacts or other essential data – so I was quite pleased with that. Of course it doesn’t allow me to get any of the essentials that I really want like Wi-Fi tethering etc, so I’m sorry HTC, but it’s a bit of a case of too little, too late! Most phones are moving to 2.2 Froyo by now anyway so I might as well root and then load a Froyo based custom ROM (if any exist out there that is – in fact can the Hero handle Froyo – maybe I should just get a new phone?)
So, I have to ask – can anybody out there suggest a good, tried and trusted method to root my phone and load a custom ROM? I’m thinking of using this rooting method from theunlockr.com and then loading a custom ROM from here. I’ve been looking at a lot of stuff on theunlockr.com and they seem to be pretty good, so I reckon I’ll be alright trying these methods – but of course I’m open to suggestions from anyone else out there, that has already had a good rooting experience from anywhere.
As a foot note, thought I’d just mention that I’m making this post using Windows Live Writer 2011. The first time I’ve used it and it seems pretty good so far, (certainly a lot better than the blogging interface in Word 2007 anyway) – so I’ll keep using it and let you know how I get on and if it’s any good.