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Sony aims to stop leaks of prototypes

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Sony aims to stop leaks of prototypes
This year, we saw quite a few images of the Sony Xperia Z1 leak weeks before the device was even introduced. Back then, of course, the camera-centric flagship was known by its code name, the Honami. By the time the phone was introduced, everything about the device was already known. This type of thing is not okay with Sony's brass.

The Japanese OEM is posting signs throughout one of its offices demanding "No more leakage!". The positing encourages those who handle confidential smartphones to "strictly follow prototype usage rules," which means that they are not to be used without a protective cover that also hides the phone from spying camera lens. Prototypes are also not allowed to be shown to the outside world unless the person who the device is handed to signs a non-disclosure agreement.

In addition, no pictures are allowed to be posted on "social networks, public web pages, etc." Lastly, no third party apps are allowed to be installed on the prototype so as to prevent mobile ad networks from finding it on their logs. We've already had some leaks about the Sony Xperia Z2. But one of our loyal readers told us that the manufacturer will no longer introduce new flagship models at CES which might actually have something to do with the tightening up of Sony's prototype handling rules.

Sony is watching for those who leak confidential information on new smartphone models

Sony is watching for those who leak confidential information on new smartphone models


source: XperiaBlog via SlashGear

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posted on 20 Sep 2013, 02:58 18

1. Vireak (unregistered)


Sony, please give us the Xperia Z1 mini!

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 04:32 2

10. imMature (Posts: 83; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


I'm counting on that too! I've been longing for a smartphone that can rests easily in my hand.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 02:59 1

2. ianbbaa (Posts: 198; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)


Final production smartphones from SONY are prototypes...so what for we need leaks from SONY, endconsumer will just get that prototype from SONY.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 03:00 10

3. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1047; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Good! I like surprises. Whenever phones get leaked to death they just seem like a disappointment regardless of what they bring.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 03:02 6

4. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 847; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Sure their Z1 leaked like almost hundred times. These leaks blew all surprises...

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 05:00 1

12. SonyXperiaNexus (Posts: 374; Member since: 01 Oct 2012)


I think they didnt say much in the revealing because they knew that we already knew everything.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 03:02

5. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Unfortunately it's...inevitable.

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 03:14 4

6. aditya.k (Posts: 463; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Yes! Everybody should stop that! It ruins everything. I'm no more excited about a launch. Rather we are dissapointed by the fact that there is nothing new from what we know! :(

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 04:09 1

9. wrm2013 (Posts: 183; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Mini please. I think I might be buying this 5s....... I need a smaller phone dammit. MIIIIIINNNNIIIII WHHHHEERRREEE AAAARRREEEE YYYYYYOOOOUUUU

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 07:07

15. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1318; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


They just need to start firing the employees who are leaking all the pictures. Maybe even as far as suing them... It's not exciting anymore to see what the device looks like before it comes out....

Well, we all know what's the next iPhone is going to look like. :P

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 08:31 1

16. buccob (Posts: 1483; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


Leakception....to see a Leak picture about the Leaking of information...

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 00:06

19. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


but if this is a leak about leaking information when was the actual leak leaked or was it a leak at all?

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 10:02

17. MartyK (Posts: 714; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Hummm, I wonder if they would had put this in place back in 2006, the iphone would look different today

posted on 20 Sep 2013, 13:53

18. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


it is good . because we know everything about upcoming phones and it is tasteless. everybody loves surprises unless it is bad :)

posted on 21 Sep 2013, 10:44

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6584; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


This is great because sometimes they are way too many fake pics out there that we don't know which is real or fake. and they should keep an eye on their employees that keep leaking the newest devices or at least fired them who keeps leaking prototypes

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