HTC is working hard to remove Carrier IQ from Sprint devices

Yesterday we told you that the recent maintenance and security update for the HTC EVO 3D actually included the removal of all Carrier IQ software on the device as well. We had heard in the past that this was exactly what Sprint was trying to do with manufacturers releasing devices on their network, and HTC has recently confirmed that they plan to update the rest of their phones on Sprint’s network to remove the software.

Here is the official statement from HTC, which was sent over to The Verge:

“HTC can confirm that we’re working with Sprint to provide maintenance releases that will remove Carrier IQ and provide security enhancements and bug fixes beginning in January.”

If you were still worried about Carrier IQ being on your HTC-branded phone, then it looks like you won’t have long to wait before you get your own security/maintenance update that removes the software and erases your fears. The big question is, though: what will Sprint replace Carrier IQ with? After all, the software provides the carrier’s network engineers with vital information, so it will be interesting to see what Sprint does next, and how they handle implementing whatever new software they go with.

via The Verge

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