HTC to halt cloud service for makeover

Taiwanese phonemaker shutting down HTCSense.com cloud service on Apr. 30 to make way for new services; advises users to back up data as service will not accessible thereafter.

HTC has announced it is making tweaks to HTCSense.com and will shut down features available on the cloud service on Apr. 30. Customers are advised to back up their data before the end-date.

The Taiwanese phonemaker said in a statement Tuesday that HTCSense.com will remain shuttered until new services are available. "If you have been using HTCSense.com to sync your Contacts, Messages, Footprints or Call History, you can download your data through Apr. 30, 2012. After Apr. 30, your data will no longer be accessible and will be deleted," the company added.

Users will need to login at HTCSense.com with their username and password to download a .zip file containing the backup data.

HTC also advised users who would like a phone-locating service or backup service to visit Google Play, which was formerly known as the Android Market, to download an application that best suited them.

The HTCSense.com service allows users to synchronize their phone to a cloud service, and offers them the ability to remotely lock their device or wipe all data off it, as well as forward calls and text messages.