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DIY HTC Hero skins coming after kernel release

The HTC Hero - play it your way
The HTC Hero - play it your way

HTC has released the kernel source code for the HTC Hero, meaning modders can start creating a phone OS in their own image.

HTC has obviously been having a play with the kernel before, as it created the Sense UI which debuted on the Hero.

But now developers will be able to unleash the full force of their creativity on the platform, meaning easier to use and more stable user experiences.

Improving life

The Hero was beset by speed issues when it launched earlier in the year, and although subsequent firmware updates have improved things somewhat, allowing the cream of Android developers to have a go can only improve things.

So if you're bored with the skins offered on the HTC Hero you've just purchased, in the next few weeks it's likely you'll be able to download all sorts of new versions - we estimate it will be a matter of minutes before a new iPhone skin pops up as revenge for this.

Via Slashgear

Gareth Beavis
Gareth Beavis

Global Editor-in-Chief

Gareth has been part of the consumer technology world in a career spanning three decades. He started life as a staff writer on the fledgling TechRadar, and has grown with the site (primarily as phones, tablets and wearables editor) until becoming Global Editor in Chief in 2018. Gareth has written over 4,000 articles for TechRadar, has contributed expert insight to a number of other publications, chaired panels on zeitgeist technologies, presented at the Gadget Show Live as well as representing the brand on TV and radio for multiple channels including Sky, BBC, ITV and Al-Jazeera. Passionate about fitness, he can bore anyone rigid about stress management, sleep tracking, heart rate variance as well as bemoaning something about the latest iPhone, Galaxy or OLED TV.