The HTC Hero was a landmark phone in many respects, a pioneering rallying point for the Android platform. The aftermarket support for it was furious, with thousands of developers clamoring to make a better ROM alternative to the default OEM ROM. The first few iterations were touch-and-go, but in time the Android developer community hit its stride and produced some impressive results far exceeding what HTC originally did. I wasn't courageous enough to leap onto that bandwagon 2 years ago. Being out of work and on a tight budget, I didn't want to risk bricking my phone and having to buy another. So I waited... perhaps a bit too long. I finally flashed CM7 on my phone and I couldn't be happier, as well as kicking myself for not having done this a year ago. I wouldn't have believed that I'd be enjoying my old Hero this much. And of course, gobbling as much useful info as I can, left behind on the banquet of activity that went on over the past couple of years. What people have been able to do with this phone is astounding. But now... it looks like the party is not only over, but the gates may be drawing closed on the parking lot as well. With the Hero unable to leap beyond Gingerbread (the processor is just not capable enough), what does that mean for this venerable phone? Is it likely that we won't see much more support for it in 2013? Or... is there evidence of some real hard core developer devotees of the phone still determined to make the most of this now long obsolete phone?