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HTC enjoyed a meteoric rise with Android and manufactured some of the best smartphones of recent years. Its fall from grace has been spectacular. We examine what went wrong and take a look at how HTC might stage a comeback.

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The legendary HTC Hero, released way back in 2009, is finally making the cut as one of the first few smartphones to get an unofficial upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The guys from XDA Developers have done it again and this time around they have come up with an ICS port that runs smoothly on the HTC Hero with most of the phone’s features fully intact. XDA developer jaybob413 has manned the development of the ICS port for the HTC Hero. Regardless of the phone’s aging hardware specifications, users were happy to report having fully working radios, touchscreen…

Members of the Russian press today have received a replica HTC Hero made entirely of chocolate.  Evidence suggests that HTC is building hype and will release the device in Russia within the next few weeks.  They’ve also created a Russian specific Facebook fan page dedicated to the Hero and have sent cryptic tweets about the upcoming release.  This comes as exciting news as Russia has been Hero-less since it’s release around the world and will soon be able to get in on a piece of the action.  Hit the jump for a few more pictures of the chocolate Hero and…