Surely this patch fixes some of the issues like shorter battery life and roaming oddities, that Hero owners have been having since the move to 2.1. In fact, the only fix this thing packs might not be a very welcome one.
According to early reports, the only change that users are seeing with this update is that the previously established rooting method has been blocked. Rooting, by the way, is the act of unlocking otherwise restricted administrative privileges for the phone, allowing the user to do stuff like install custom builds of the operating system, run custom themes, etc.
Sprint may very well be doing this with good intentions; this process used for rooting is, technically, a security exploit, which Sprint may feel they’re patching out of the kindness of their hearts. On the other hand, it’s an exploit which requires a pretty damned good amount of effort on the user’s part. To my knowledge, it’s not exactly something that could be exploited by a malicious app that sneaks its way onto the App Market.
What’s done is done, of course, but it’s worth discussing: was this a lame move by Sprint? I’ll go ahead and start the countdown until the next root method is discovered, but I wouldn’t expect it to be running very long.