HTC first announced Sense features tied-in to its HTCSense.com website back in the late summer of 2010. Beyond some remote features like the ability to track-down or wipe a stolen phone, the site offered a suite of backup options, letting you save your contacts, text messages, and other phone data on HTC’s servers. HTC hasn’t yet revealed just why, but today the company started informing users of its plans to discontinue HTCSense.com, and advised them of the need to retrieve their data before it’s gone forever.
HTC will keep HTCSense.com running through the end of next month, so you don’t have to tackle this chore straight away, but you’re going to have to download any data you’ve synced with the site before April 30 if you ever want to see it again. Luckily, HTC’s made that relatively painless, and after logging-in to the site, you can conveniently download all your data in one compressed archive.
It’s unfortunate to see this service go, especially for Sense fans who regularly took advantage of it, but at lest HTC is giving its users a nice heads-up, giving them time to make sure they get a copy of all their data and have time to find another sync service before HTCSense.com shuts down for good.
Update: HTCSense.com may not be going away for good, but however HTC decides to continue running the service, your old data won’t make the transition; backup while you can.