Android ICS & Jelly Bean for HTC Hero only thru custom ROMs
HTC Hero was first introduced back in 2009 and come running Android 1.5 Cupcake. Yet, in June the handset was treated to some Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich custom ROMs, and bettered via a Jelly Bean 4.1 ROM as well for both the CDMA and GSM versions of the handset, thanks to the XDA community with Senior Member coming out with CyanogenMod 9 based on ICS for the CDMA version.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich is indeed old news, yet for those that prefer Jelly Bean there are CM10 ports for both the GSM and CDMA versions of the HTC Hero. This currently is only recommended to be used by advanced users, but it certainly shows that the development community can keep these aging devices alive, and so can the manufacturers.
Obviously it’s partly down to wanting the consumer to purchase new hardware, yet on the other hand concentrate on developing new devices.
If you find this info useful and worth checking upon, you can find more about the custom Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs for the GSM version here, and about the CDMA here, while about the Jelly Bean GSM here, with the CDMA version here.