People have been noticing that some Sprint Heroes have turned up with an unadorned battery cover, while others are sporting “with Google” branding. “Why does the phone in this-or-that review have it, but not mine?” This has been the cause of some confusion because many believed (including myself) that “with Google” meant vanilla Android experience. And missing answers have lead to all sorts of speculation.
I just wanted to post a quick update to clear the air about the “with Google” rumors. The branding does not indicate whether the phone will be connecting to EvDo rev.0 or rev. A. It has no bearing on whether or not the device will recieve OTA updates. It does not facilitate the sending and receiving of MMS. It does not affect Sense, apps, or the Market in any way.
The difference between phones with the branding and those without is…. Non-existent.
I have it on high authority (someone from HTC who definitely knows) that “with Google” was simply added later on in the production process. I don’t have information on why or what kind of arrangement HTC and/or Sprint has with Google. But I can tell you that all of the above rumors should now be laid to rest.
Who knows, maybe Heroes without the branding will be worth more on ebay one day. Probably not, but maybe.