October 12, 2009 | by Robert Nelson
As most Android fans likely already know, the HTC Hero became available this past weekend on Sprint here in the US. That is the good news, of course it has come with a little bit of confusion.
The confusion comes in the form of the branding on the phone itself. It appears that some of the Heroes are branded “with Google” on the back while others are blank on the back.
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.
In short it really does not mean anything good or bad either way. Any future updates will be the same, both models will still have the same sense UI and both be able to take full advantage of the Market. In short they are the same, except for that little bit of exterior branding.
Personally, I did not get a chance to make it to a Sprint store over the weekend, which means I do not have a Hero in hand just yet but that said, I am hoping to see mind branded “with Google.”