According to the most recent Sprint internal documentation, the forthcoming and long awaited Android 2.1 updates for the HTC Hero and Samsung Moment will be delivered over the wire via PC update tools instead of an over the air update, inline with previous updates.
Sprint has decided against over the air updates since it considers the packages too large to deliver using the aforementioned method at 80MB for the Moment and 117MB for the Hero. Sprint has also remarked in the documentation that it has the option to utilize Google’s own OTA servers for delivery, but has also decided against doing so since it would delay the update timeframe even further and are yet to be tested by Sprint.
The updates were originally scheduled at April 30th for the Moment and the first week of May for the Hero, with the Sprint Moment and Samsung support pages not listing the Maintenance Release at this time, suggesting yet another delay for the Moment update.
Update: Sprint spokesperson Mark Elliott released this statement earlier this morning regarding the updates:
“Sprint expects to upgrade from Android 1.5 directly to 2.1 by early Q2 of 2010. We are currently working through the options for upgrades with the manufacturing partners. We will communicate details on how to load the update when it is available.”