Sprint Releases Software Update for HTC Android Phones

The update will fix a security vulnerability these devices suffer from

By on October 26th, 2011 16:21 GMT

Mobile phone carrier Sprint has just announced the availability of a new software update for the HTC smartphones available on its network.

Apparently, this is the update aimed at bringing a fix for some of the security issues that these devices have been struck with.

The new update will be sent to users over-the-air, the wireless carrier announced, adding that those who would like to download it manually are also offered the possibility to do so.

“HTC devices, including HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Shift 4G, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC EVO View 4G and HTC Wildfire S, will receive over-the-air updates starting today,” the wireless carrier announced.

The operator also explains that this update is meant to resolve the security issues that HTC handsets were recently discovered to be affected by.

Due to a vulnerability in these devices, third-party malicious applications were able to send sensitive information on users out in the wild.

“Sprint worked closely with HTC after reports emerged of a potential issue that could allow malicious third-party apps to compromise data on Android devices made by HTC,” the wireless carrier continues.

“Beginning today, HTC EVO 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC EVO Shift 4G, HTC EVO Design 4G, HTC EVO View 4G and HTC Wildfire S customers will receive the over-the-air software update to address this situation. We urge all users to install the update promptly.”

Users will receive notifications on the availability of this software update. As soon as they learn that the update was released for their specific device, users can immediately download and install the update.

“Once users have downloaded the update, they will be prompted to install the update. Users will be notified that their devices will be disabled during the installation process. The phones will be ready to use once the process is complete,” Sprint explains.

Those who would like to perform manual checks on the availability of this software update straight from their mobile phones will have to go to Settings >System updates > HTC software update > Check Now.

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