HTC removing Carrier IQ from all Sprint devices

6a00d83451c9ec69e20162fd977b4f970d-800wi[1]HTC EVO 3D owners were recently given an update that completely removed Carrier IQ and all its insidious little hooks. However, there was no announcement in the Sprint notification that it was gone, only that unspecified security updates were being applied.

After this revelation, a lot of other EVO owners (4G, View, that which will not be named, Design) were left wondering if they would be included in the wonderful battery-enhancing world of Carrier IQ freedom too. And today HTC has confirmed that it will be working with Sprint to provide maintenance releases that will remove Carrier IQ and supply bug fixes on all HTC devices Sprint carries beginning this month.

Unfortunately, that statement does not give us a timeline, nor does it state if it will just be for current Sprint products that have not exceeded the end of life such as the HTC EVO 4G. We're also left to wonder what will happen to our GSM brethren, as this was a Sprint-centric announcement.

For now though, at least there is some visible movement being made on this front, and an unnecessary piece of bloat/spyware running with root level privileges is, at long last, going away.

[The Verge]
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