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Sony is fighting leaks of prototype devices by banning benchmark apps

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Sony is fighting leaks of prototype devices by banning benchmark apps
Leaking sometimes vital information about new and upcoming devices has become as much a part of the mobile industry, as the actual phones. As the years have gone by, a small, but thriving elite of leakers has proliferated, and for a very good reason -- some of the leaked information is usually quite a bit more than just relayed rumors. Japanese Sony knows a thing or two about this, as its flagships, the Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact, were both leaked pretty much in full, long before they were officially announced. We literally knew the precise way the devices would end up looking, along with what type of hardware they'll carry. It's no surprise, then, to see that Sony has, once again, taken steps to limit access to undisclosed models.

The new measure is aimed at benchmark apps, which routinely disclose precise hardware information about unknown devices. To that end, software on prototype Sony smartphones will no longer allow the installation of such apps, and the Xperia Blog has actually managed to obtain proof of that. The screenshot you're looking at could be a little misleading, as it may let you believe that it's just a warning. According to the folks who got their hands on it, however, it actually completely blocks the installation of an undisclosed benchmark app. It remains unknown whether such a measure will reliably stop the installation of renamed benchmarking apps, though it sounds rather unlikely.

source: Xperia Blog

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posted on 24 Jan 2014, 09:50 14

1. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 275; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)


This a very good thing. It pisses me off when we hear about a phone months and months away because someone benchmarked it. I love my news just as much as everybody else but leaks ruin smartphones sometimes.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:13 3

4. NexusPhan (Posts: 320; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


Then why are you reading and visiting this website meant only for leaking information?

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:17 11

6. reckless562 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


come on man... u know what he ment

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 12:20

15. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5639; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


but no matter how hard they try someone in the company will always leaked out products they should just fire the person that leask out hardware

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 09:55 11

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6623; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Good. That way people will enjoy their phones more instead of saying "I'll wait for _______."

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:07 5

3. KParks23 (Posts: 422; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)


I read this same article weeks ago.. Wtf phone arena!

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 11:04 12

12. jibraihimi (Posts: 539; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


oh no, that wasn't the real article, that was the leak of this article. Phone arena should also take steps to prevent leaks of its article weeks in advance.........

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 11:38

13. hboy857 (Posts: 130; Member since: 03 Jun 2013)


That's funny, +1

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:17 3

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 825; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Good job Sony :D I never like leaks... Making the whole waiting for the announcement boring.

Yup... they did say it's going to have that
Yup... they did say it's going to have that
Yup... they did say it's going to have that
Yup... they did say it's going to have that
Oh... that's something they didn't talk about... oh wait... no, they did say it's going to have that

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:26

7. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6623; Member since: 14 May 2012)


... The last six lines were totally unnecessary.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:28 16

8. emadshiny (Posts: 1086; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


Like lots of your comments.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:38 7

9. ArtSim98 (Posts: 1120; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


AAWWWWWWWW SERVED

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 12:13

14. PapaSmurf (Posts: 6623; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Out if the 4866 (including this one) comments, your comment holds true to a partial extent.

I'll throw in a +1 because it made me laugh haha.

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:44 2

10. reckless562 (Posts: 545; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


i liked it, it was funny kuz it was true

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 01:53

18. lsutigers (Posts: 670; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


PWNED!!!!

So true..........

posted on 24 Jan 2014, 10:48

11. xperiaz2 (Posts: 4; Member since: 12 Jan 2014)


say yes

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 00:06 1

16. SonyPS4 (Posts: 220; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Thats why PS4 used games policy surprised everyone because no one expect it.

posted on 25 Jan 2014, 00:30 1

17. hurrycanger (Posts: 616; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Good point. I don't like seeing leaks and fake leaks of the months-away upcoming phones very much, but leaks are really necessary for consumers sometimes. I hate that used game policy even though I don't own a PS4.

I like Atsuko, too. ;)

posted on 26 Jan 2014, 04:37

19. SonyPS4 (Posts: 220; Member since: 21 May 2013)


Lol. I never expect to see Acchan fans in phonearena. I love her so much. Fans since 2009.

Nice to met you :)

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