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HTC has announced it will be shutting down HTCSense.com, an integral part of HTC's Sense UI layer which provides online synchronization of contacts, texts, call history, geotagging data and phone-finding services. The company says user data will be deleted after April 30, 2012 but does provide users with instructions on how to back up their account data.
Phasing out HTCSense.com is part of the company's plan to supplant the website with what it calls new and improved services. As of this moment, there does not appear to be an official launch date for its successor.
Users are able to back up their data into a zip file by following these simple steps:
In the meantime, HTC claims users can enjoy many of the features provided by HTCSense.com by visiting Google Play and downloading an app that "best meets your needs".
For those who still aren't aware of the recent change, Google Play is just the Android Market, reloaded.
Unfortunately from some users, HTC does not actually suggest any apps which mirror Sense's Internet-based backup, sync and location services. However, perhaps some of our readers may have suggestions of their own.
The HTC Sensation is a large, slab-shaped device with rounded corners and smatterings of soft touch plastic on the rear. The large qHD (540 x 960 pixel) display dominates the front of the device, with the usual Android home, menu, back, and search keys below, all of which are touch sensitive and illuminate in white. The HTC Sensation measures in at 126.1 x 65.4 x 11.3mm (4.96 x 2.57 x .44in) and weighs 148g (5.22oz), putting it between the Desire S and Desire HD on both counts.
The HTC Thunderbolt sports a large 4.3-inch touchscreen, an 8MP camera with HD video capture on the back plus a front-facing camera, Android 2.2 with HTC's Sense software, and a 1GHz processor. It also includes a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot feature, DLNA wireless media streaming, a kickstand for media viewing, FM radio, and 8GB of internal memory alongside the included 32GB microSD card -- that's 40GB out of the box.
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