Alcatel OneTouch & Cyanogen Abandon Hero 2+

Alcatel OneTouch has been making some decent moves over the last year and have been announcing a couple of really interesting smartphones. By now, most android news followers will be well-versed in the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3. This is a great smartphone and one which packs quite a significant punch when considering its rather mid-range pricing. As such the company has been highlighting the type of quality product that they expect to bring to market at very affordable price-points. That said, the Idol 3 was not the only smartphone from Alcatel OneTouch which has hit the headlines of late.

Back at MWC in March, Alcatel OneTouch unveiled another smartphone, dubbed the Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2+. There were a number of benefits to this device and again, this was a device which was aimed at mixing affordability with performance. However, the feature which attracted the most attention was the news that this one would come running on the Cyanogen's operating system, Cyanogen OS. The two companies had partnered up to bring to market a really interesting and price-relevant product. As such, the interest in the Hero 2+ was high and with an announced  release date stated as being in Q2, it did not look like a long wait for the new smartphone to arrive. Well, as Q2 is now well underway, you might be wondering where it is?

The latest on this, is that it now seems that the Hero 2+ will not be coming to market at all. Joint statements from Alcatel OneTouch and Cyanogen confirm that they have decided to abandon bringing the Hero 2+ to market. The main reason given is that the Hero 2+ does not offer its users a clear Android 5.1 update route. For those who were looking forward to a joint Alcatel OneTouch and Cyanogen based device, all is not lost. The statement does make it clear that the two companies are continuing to focus on bringing a joint device to market "We therefore are committing to refocus our joint efforts on a next-generation product that can exceed the expectations of end users". Further adding, "Our teams remain dedicated to releasing an ALCATEL ONETOUCH device powered by Cyanogen OS." However, for now, it just looks like it won't be the Hero 2+.

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