Orange "wins exclusivity" for Android-based HTC Hero

Following the news we brought you that this might well be the case, it's being reported that Orange has "won the exclusivity" for the HTC Hero.

The Hero, a leaked forthcoming Android-based phone, would be Orange's first handset to offer the Google OS, and is rumoured for a release later this year.

Mobile reports that the Hero will offer HSDPA connectivity, Bluetooth, and a 3-megapixel camera.

The previous suggestion that Orange was to offer the device came from a French Orange exec boasting of six Android phones to launch with the operator during 2009.

In the UK T-Mobile was the first to market with an Android device - the G1, followed by Vodafone in the last month with the launch of the Magic, both made by HTC.